Saturday, August 27, 2011

Preparing for Impending Disaster

His Way:

1. Walk around muttering, "What do we need?" to no one in particular.
2. Get all the deck furniture inside. Just inside. As in, on the other side of the glass door inside. As in, arrayed artistically around the living room inside.
3. When the first of the rain drops arrive, walk out with determination while declaring, "I think I will get go some gas". Come back home with a packet of potato chips, a LED light thingie and some bread. And also a tankful of gas.
4. At some point, fill up a bath tub, for the want of anything better to do and also because somebody on Facebook said they are doing it. Not sure what we will do with a bath tub full of water.
5. Field phone calls from worried friends from anywhere-but-the-east-coast. Tune into the 24/7 storm coverage and then tune out.

Her Way:

1. Plan out the important chores. Get laundry out of the way. Must have enough underwear to last out the storm and accompanying power outage.
2. Move out the deck furniture from the living room. And pack away the other little items still on the deck.
3. Cook up a storm. Must have enough food. Also worry about mother who will be landing in the middle of the storm. Feed and bathe the Gherkin, who is not really sure what all the hubbub is about.
4. At some point, boil a whole lot of potatoes for the want of anything better to do and also because somebody on Facebook might be doing it. Not sure what we will do a some many boiled potatoes.
4. Field phone calls from worried friends from anywhere-but-the-east-coast. Tune into the 24/7 storm coverage and then tune out.


Status So Far:

1. Have enough food and water to hopefully last out the storm. We still have power*. But then we have a few more hours to go.


2. Mother has landed and is home and so has Irene. The Gherkin has made friends with the former and remains blissfully unaware of the latter.


* We lost power at around 12:30 pm on Saturday night. Luckily for us, PEPCO was on top its game this year, so we got power by 5:00 pm, Sunday. Only sixteen hours without power, phew!

2 comments:

Joy Forever said...

Irene seems to have finally reached us just now. I went to the supermarket to buy canned food this morning - people were buying stuff like it was 2012. The bottled water isle was completely empty, and the bread section was nearly so. I hope I have enough cooked canned beans. I also stacked my freezer with tupperware filled with water that is now ice - to keep it cold in case of a powercut. An earthquake and a hurricane within a week - talk about Murphy's Law!

Anyesha said...

Read your post. It was the same at this end. Luckily, we had enough water bottles etc.