I had a really great post planned about how much my little foot injury has caused me to miss running and appreciate its benefits, but then something a bit more topical (or should I say “tropical”) happened.
Hurricane Irene is pretty much all anyone can talk about here in NYC. And I’m hopping on the bandwagon.
Since I live not too far from one of Mayor Bloomberg’s evacuation zones, I decided to camp out at Michelle’s for the weekend. I have my doubts as to whether or not the hurricane will affect my living area, but, truthfully, let’s be honest, I’m not really “equipped” to handle a natural disaster by my Sometimes Healthy Self.
On Tuesday, when NYC had its infamous earthquake, I though the earthquake was my body shaking, due to excess caffeine. It was my coworkers who informed me that the BUILDING was actually shaking.
In short, I should not be trusted alone in any sort of potential crisis.
Luckily, I have Michelle. And like I always say: 2 blondes (1 fake blonde, but close enough) are better than 1 ;-).
Thus, Michelle and I are camping out together this weekend at her crib. If Hurricane Irene brings its wrath, we’ll certainly be ready, as we have enough food in her apt. to feed a full college dining hall (which is good because she lives across the street from a city college).
Anyway, despite large crowds at the grocery store (no doubt fighting for the last can of Reddi Whip), we’ve made a few trips to ensure we have ALL the essentials.
Michelle and I plan to “weather” the storm with a Sometimes Healthy Hurricane Survival Pack. Here’s what we’ve got:
A stocked pantry
Thank the lord we have some cookie dough…can’t imagine getting through a storm without it. This should last us a few days in Hurricane Hibernation, don’t ya think?
A variety of tasty and nutritious non-perishable goods.
I know what you’re thinking…Reddi Whip, I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter – how is that non-perishable? Well, I figure given the amount of chemicals listed in the ingredients, there’s a good chance they can last without refrigeration for a couple days. I hope it doesn’t come to that.
A variety of reading material, some quality, some not.
Our worst fear is a power outage and the ensuing boredom. Luckily, we have lots of reading material, some cards and Monopoly to get us through it. Plus, we could probably entertain ourselves in the dark for hours just telling stories.
A flashlight…a back-up flashlight and a backup, backup flashlight.
As soon as my mother saw the first story about Hurricane Irene on the news, she was off to Fed Ex with three flashlights and a bunch of batteries in tow. She also included a card with her care package instructing me to use the flashlights in the event of a power outage. What a mom!
Nutella-Marshmellow-PB Emergency Concoction
If the power goes out, and all of our emergency flashlights run out of battery, and we are unable to put together a proper meal, we could always just dip a spoon in each of these delicious condiments. This would sustain us for at least a few hours.
Oh, and by the way, this is my first time trying PB& Co Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. I’ve read about it all over the healthy living blogosphere, but never took the initiative to buy it. Nothing like impending doom to serve as a catalyst for trying new things.
Chocolate + Applesauce Cupcake Couples
The first thing I did upon arriving to Michelle’s house was baked these little cupcakes. I just couldn’t imagine surviving Irene without them. Michelle agreed.
Portable Protein Breakfasts
In case we need to evacuate Michelle’s apartment (although it’s not in the danger zone), I made us some egg muffins to take along with us. Michelle loves my little egg muffins, and it was her one request of having me stay over at her apt.
Chick Flicks + Carrie Bradshaw
We’re anticipating a full day indoors, so it’s very important that we’re armed with lots of chick flicks to get us through the day. We plan on re-acquainting ourselves with Sex and the City during Irene….I wonder what Carrie would have done during a hurricane. Do you think she would have worn her Louboutins or designer Hunter boots?
Sometimes Healthy Comfort Food
I never really listened in Hebrew school, but if I remember correctly, Matzoh got some of my people through some tough times back in the day. I feel like it’s a good thing to have on hand when a crisis strikes. Oh, and of course, we need wine and pretzels and cream cheese to comfort us when we get nervous.
But in the end, we realize we’re going to have to rough it a bit. So we’re preparing for the worst and hoping for the best…
Good thing this won’t be our “last supper.”
So there you have it. My Sometimes Healthy Hurricane Survival Pack. #prepared.
It looks like the storm won’t be quite as bad as anticipated, but as I always say, in NYC, anything can happen.
So, we’re having a couple more glasses of wine and polishing off a season of Sex and the City as we listen to the rain beat down outside our window. Hope everyone’s staying safe!
Catch ya’ll after the storm!