Apparently the apocalypse is headed for the East Coast.
Last Tuesday there was an earthquake in Virginia that Philadelphia could feel. This weekend, we got hit by Hurricane Irene.
What did we do to piss off Mother Nature?
I was concerned about three things during this hurricane: A. loosing electricity B. the winds knocking down this huge tree in front of our a house and C. Our basement is prone to flooding and we had A LOT of boxes on the floor that have been there since we moved in. Clearly these boxes were so important to us that we hadn't touched them in four months, but regardless, they needed to be saved.
On Saturday morning (the day the storm was slated to hit us), JEGs ran to Lowes and bought wood to build shelving.
While everyone we knew was hunkering down in their houses with a movie and some alcohol, my husband was building the shelving on our front porch in the wind and the rain. I have to admit, he did a good job.
We had planned to organize and make it look nice, but it took him till nearly 10 pm to finish. We quickly Jenga'd the boxes on the shelves and I am glad we did. About a half hour later we checked on the basement to find this:
After a quick shower, we sat on the couch and started flipping between the news channels to get the latest updates. Anyone in the Philadelphia area catch Adam Joseph on ABC? Poor guy looked like he was about to have a meltdown. He started the broadcast out with a full suit on. Quickly the jacket came off. Then the tie was loosened and the sleeves were rolled up. Finally the tie came off. JEGs and I kept flipping back to see if he would be completely naked at any point. Chill out dude. You are broadcasting the weather, not creating it.
Around 11:00 they started talking about tornadoes for Norristown. Not our county, but our specific town.
Fun Lizzie Fact: I am terrified of tornadoes. I have never lived through one and I am scared to death of them. When they started broadcasting tornado warnings I put on shoes, grabbed a cat carrier and sat next to Winston ready to grab him at the first siren. I'm not even kidding, I was shaking. To make matters worse, they kept popping up over and over again. Seriously with this crap? Are they trying to make me go into labor?
JEGs did a quick interwebs search and found streaming audio of our local police and fire radio to see if there was any mention of tornadoes. We decided that with the threat of the twisters (and the potential crashing of the tree into our master bedroom) it might be safer to sleep in the living room. JEGs blew up the air mattress and by midnight I passed out from sheer exhaustion.
God bless JEGs; that man stayed up till nearly 4 am keeping an eye on the tornado warnings, sump pump and electricity. He tried to snuggle next to me on the air mattress, but being as pregnant as I am, it wasn't comfortable so he relocated to the couch.
The next morning I woke up to electricity, the tree still standing, and minimal water in the basement. We celebrated with a breakfast of blueberry pancakes.
Our general area really made out ok. There were a few branches in the streets, but no serious flooding. We were really blessed.
We have officially made it through two natural disasters in our home. What's next? Locusts? I hope not, because the cicadas in our neighborhood are annoying enough.
Always & Forever,