The Calm Before the Storm

{I retract all snark and disrespect that was implied in this post in regards to Irene} As I sit here and write this, preparations are being made all around me for the arrival of Hurricane Irene. We're expecting what could potentially be the worst storm to ever hit this area... yet today, it's absolutely beautiful. Sunny and hot... with just a few puffy white clouds floating in the sky. In less than 36 hours we could be under a completely different set of conditions.

I'm not an alarmist, or one of the "nutjobs" when it comes to storms, but I won't lie... this storm has me freaked out. And worried. Worried about my friends and family down the east coast. Worried about NYC and NJ... two places I consider "home." Worried about us. Worried about all the "what-if"s and "could be"s. Worried, worried, worried.

I was fine (and even a wee bit snarky) until the tornado warnings were issued for this area in addition to the hurricane warnings. (And let's not forget this follows an earthquake on the east coast earlier in the week... it all starts to feel a little apocalyptic after a certain point.) Then when they started talking about it being worse than any hurricane to hit this area in recent memory, well... I stopped the snark and got serious about preparing for this. If for no other reason than the fact that this was no longer falling under the "adventure" category... this was a real, and serious, threat. And as a parent, I honestly feel it's my responsibility to prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.

At this point, we're as prepared as we can be. We've got lots of bottled water and non-perishable food for 4-5 days. We have flashlights, batteries, crank radios, and backup batteries to our phones. We have never-seen-before toys and craft supplies for Spencer. We have plans and supplies. Now, we wait.

To all our friends and families also facing this storm: you will be in our thoughts.

Until next time...