Oh storm season. Living in southeast Florida during an active hurricane season is stressful. But probably not in the way you'd think.
A few days ago, I was in the car line waiting to pick up the monsters (if you follow on Instagram, you know I more than a couple minutes to spend in line). This one particular day I was feeling very "with it" and brought my laptop with me. I thought "Oh, look at how prepared I am, and how awesome of a human I am that I can work while sitting in this ridiculous line of vehicles." And by "work", I mean write... So I put the car in park, turn the radio down to concentrate, pull out the computer. This is when I realize that I don't have wifi in the car and won't actually be blogging. Another thing I learned --- it's hella awkward to sit in the driver's seat with a MacBook open. It took me (literally) 5 minutes to wiggle around and get comfy. I have never been so grateful for the dark windows. Anyone watching would have found me hysterical.
I get comfy. And start writing.
The day I was sitting in the car writing, we were in the "cone of probability". This is what I was thinking at the time:
Freaking storm. I am so disappointed we are in the “cone of probability”. More specifically, according to a lot of the forecasts, we are the path.
This doesn’t upset me because I am freaking out about a hurricane. Not at all. I was here for the 2004 insane storm season when we got nailed by several. And then again in 2005 when we met a few more. No, I’m bugged by the inconvenience a storm causes.
Selfishly, it has ruined my plans. I had a BBQ and pool party planned. And now, that’s not happening. Because as it looks now, we will be [at the very least] being inundated with water from above for the remainder of the week/weekend, and Saturday will probably be spent hanging the shutters and making sure we are ready.
Since this is not my first hurricane, I feel a little more prepared this time. We always have water and batteries. So that’s not a problem. Although this week, we bought more of each. This time we are stock piling more of the things we will want after the storm passes and when the electricity comes back on… like milk! It was nearly a month after those 2004 storms that we were able to find milk at Publix. I’m not allowing that to happen again. This time we will have two gallons in the fridge.
That's actually as far as I got in the car. Because as I was writing, I was thinking specifically about one friend. I cut out the middle man (you) and just called her to give her my suggestions for preparation.
We were never going to board up. My Dad only believes in doing that if something bigger than a 1 is going to nail us. But that's not advice I am going you. That's what we do. And in all honesty, I probably would have requested the bedrooms to have been boarded up.
This week was stressful. We were being warned by all the media outlets. But as we know from the past, a lot of things can change. And they did. Even up to Friday we were thinking that at least a Tropical Storm would be rolling through late Sunday / early Monday. I think most people were looking forward to having the day off.
As I write this now, it's Sunday afternoon. The day of the storm. And I kid you not, it's sunny right now. Erika broke up, I think, yesterday. We are expected to get lots of rain, some wind, possible flooding. And we have definitely had some waves of terrible weather; our yard has a legit moat. But at this very moment, it's sunny. I guess it'll rain in a bit. The radar sure has a lot of red and yellow. And we have gotten word that schools are open tomorrow, so I guess the grown ups have to trudge off to work.
I feel very blah about the storms. All that hype and build up. And it looks like we might be doing it all again in a few weeks. Thanks Fred... can't wait to see what you do.