It’s hard to prepare for something that you don’t think will ever really happen. My dearest friends and family experienced this reality last year when another “I” storm, Hurricane Irene, hit Vermont and other parts of the Northeast causing unimaginable damage. When I was moving to Florida 5 years ago, many of my Vermont friends asked me if I was prepared for a hurricane. It turns out, 5 years later, I have still not faced anything more than a tropical storm, and Vermont was the state that needed to prepare. Honestly, I’m a wimpy Floridian. I don’t like living here if I don’t have air conditioning and water, so the prospect of days without these staples doesn’t excite me at all. I won’t be disappointed if I never experience the actual force of a true hurricane. While we pray for those in the Gulf who are preparing to experience the likes of Irene, or maybe even Katrina, here’s a look at what Greg, the Bunnies, and I have been doing to survive Isaac:
I probably didn’t stock up on enough water, but I did have a dry goods meal ready just in case. We might not have had cucumbers, but the Mujadarrah was on my list as a good gas-stove, dry goods, hurricane-proof meal. It went quite nicely with another dry goods item that I was able to bake on my gas stove: Chappatis (Indian flat-bread). I’m pretty sure we could have survived on this for a little while.
I was prepared to eat, but I wasn’t prepared for the drippy ceiling. I went to feed the bunnies last night and found a damp, somewhat unhappy angora sitting next to some equally damp ceiling plaster. Adventure wasn’t a fan of the bucket invading her space, and didn’t seem to realize that it was stopping her from getting wet. Throughout the night I heard a couple crashes that turned out to be this silly rabbit dumping over the bucket and wetting herself and the floor. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep and was quite happy to wake up at 5:30 this morning to find that I did not need to travel through the rain to teach. Horray Hurrication! Not as good as a snow day, because there’s no snowboarding to be done…but still a welcome discovery!
Adventure was looking for some reassurance from Davey Jones that the thunder wasn’t going to eat her. They don’t get on well enough to be together alone, but they do seem to enjoy each other’s company.