It turns out that Sandy must have sidestepped our neighborhood, or else was taking a breather when she came through: in the end, we never lost power, and just had a little bit of water in the basement…no all-out flooding. We are so thankful – we know that many others are still without power or even homes.
Still, we were cooped up for Sunday night, all of Monday, and some of Tuesday. Here’s what helped us survive:
- Pumpkin Waffles
- Halloween Candy (though we still have plenty for the neighbor kids)
- The New Yorker’s Rainy-Day Reading from the Archive
- Other reading (see earlier post)
- Netflix Instant Queue
- The city’s decision to offer free meters for the storm days which allowed us to park on a street with no trees
- Frito Pie, a childhood favorite of C’s which seemed like a good way to use up the canned chili we bought once we realized we wouldn’t lose power. I’m not sure if my arteries will ever recover – I think that was a one-time-only blast from the past
- A few hurricane walks (to keep us from going stir crazy)
You’ll notice that many of these actually did require electricity. So we’re clearly not experts, but we are now hurricane-survivors. Who are planning to buy some flashlights at the next possible opportunity, since we might not be so lucky next time.