October 29, 2012


Along with the rest of the Eastern Seaboard, Dave and I have been stuck in our little one bedroom apartment for the entirety of hurricane Sandy. I'm not sure if it is a Frankenstorm, or if it is a hurricane, or if it is a tropical storm, or if it is just a redonkulous phenomenon...but it got real down here.

What makes our experience with this weather phenomenon different from any other is that: a. we now live in Virginia on our own, and don't have any family close by. And b. we live in Virginia. So the weather is different.

We haven't lost power, and where we live didn't flood at all. But we did prepare for the storm, and thus, I have put together a list of what we voted on to be the top five things that you must have, if you are to tough it out in a hurricane.**

1. Booze. This sounds a little bit ridiculous, and may not be for everyone, but seriously. We got a box of wine, and a whole bunch of different beers. When you are cooped up all day and night, even if you are just watching movies, crafting or playing video games, it seems more cozy with a nice glass of vino.

2. Jesus candles. This was the first thing my mother told me to go buy when she heard a hurricane was going to hit us. (Sidenote: the city of Norfolk is actually below sea level, so storms and even rain can cause a lot of damage.) Moving on, these candles do not have any scent, which is good for those of us who get headaches easily, and grouped together can provide a nice glow. They are probably the cheapest candles you can buy, and you can find them in almost any grocery store. The fact that they are prayer candles probably doesn't hurt either.

3. A big bag of sugary cereal. I am talking about the family size, non name brand bags that you get out of the big baskets at big stores. We opted for "Colossal Crunch" (aka: Cap'n Crunch) and have been munching on it all weekend.

4. Library books. Because sometimes, you just need to put down your glue gun. And you can only play so much Skyrim. People, it gets boring sitting in the house day after day. You need to have an assortment of activities to do. Make sure to take the large number of hours you have to spare, and crack a book open.

5. Snuggly Blankets. This is my favorite one. There is nothing better than while a storm is raging outside, to just be snuggled up in a nice warm blanket. When I was a little anxious about the storm on Friday, one of my co-workers said "Well, don't you have a snugglebunny? Then you'll be fine." She was right.

**Disclaimer: These are five non-essential things that in my opinion you should have when you are facing a storm. They do not replace any safety items, such as water, food and batteries. Always make sure you and your family are safe, and always listen to government safety personnel.

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