Well, i live in New Jersey so i don't know if anyone has heard about this Hurricane Sandy that is supposed to hit late sunday and moving into monday and tuesday. i really hope it just turns into a bad rain storm - I don't live in Southern Jersey so i'm lucky in that respect...
I have a weekly doctor check up on tuesday and i'm holding out on calling up and making any decisions to reschedule until monday - because for all i know it could end up dying down, and then i will have moved my appointment for nothing, by monday i should know what tuesday will be like, right?
the other interesting thing that i made mention of in another post was the barametric pressure dropping - studies show that when that happens during hurricanes it can cause women near term or at term go into labor. my mother says that happened with me, although, i was only 2 weeks early - which isn't unusually early at all. i'd be 4 weeks early if that were to happen to me, and honestly i don't think it will happen but it is on my mind a little bit. DH and i are going to do food shopping early tomorrow morning to make sure we have everything and i'm hoping if it's really bad he can take off of work on the worse day, because he has about a 30 mile commute.
anyone else in line for the storm?
I'm an hour from the coast in NC. Since all the military planes are still here, I'm thinking it'll be pretty easy going. Just expecting a few inch of rain and some wind gusts. I don't want a baby this weekend since the hour road to my hospital's city is just a two lane highway in the middle of farm land - it'll probably flood in some areas!
risstopher, i could have written this! i live in baltimore and am so worried about going into labor because of the storm! i was reading in the paper that it is supposed to be one of the biggest drops in barometric pressure history! dun, dun, dun. no, seriously, it said that. AND, it's a full moon on monday night too! i am so afraid that the hospital is going to be overcrowded with women birthing babies that we won't get a room!
i also am just plain worried about the storm because we were hit bad with those derecho winds over the summer. we lost power for 5 days and it was over 100 degrees then. our basement flooded. this time, i feel like the flooding could be worse because there are so man leaves that will clog up the drains.
i am really hoping they are just hyping this story up but, yes, i am going out tomorrow morning to buy food. what kind of food would be good to get? you have to consider losing electricity...so you wouldn't want to get only things that need to be refrigerated. what do you think?
oh no august, i really hope that you don't get flooded or lose power again with hurricane Irene we lost power for a day, we live 2 towns over from where we were for irene, but still keeping fingers crossed for no power outage. i'm on the 2nd floor of a 2 family house that we rent so my chances for flooding are slim, we're close to a river but our street isn't in the zone that usually floods.
you know i was thinking the same thing, what do i get that doesn't need to be refridgerated or heated up? i know for sure i'm going to pick up water and fruit, most fruit doesn't need refrigeration. i guess you can also get protein bars, cilf bars, ect... just to be sure that you have something that will keep you full and have some nutritional value. cereals, peanu butter. i think the hard part is dinner foods because you always think to cook dinner and whatnot. the hardest thing would be all my yogurts for me - but if the power goes they can last in the freezer for at least a day just keep the fridge and freezer closed as much as possible and put the real important things in the freezer as soon as it goes out (hopefully it doesn't).
i'll try to think of some more foods and such, good luck!
My family was hit by hurricane Hugo back in... 89, was it? We had no electricity for two weeks! I remember we weren't expecting it to last that long, and by the time the power had been off for a few days we started cooking food from our freezer out on our gas grill on pots and pans. My mom cooked fried chicken, vegetables, anything really that we had in the freezer. We even had warm baths because of that grill, because she would heat up water on the grill by the kettle- or pot-full and then carry it to the bathtub. So if you have a charcoal or gas grill, or if you can get your gas stove to light without electricity (some modern ones won't), don't forget that you can still have warm dinners and a nice warm candlelight bath!
For more short-term power outages, energy bars are a good idea. Lots of drinking water, and maybe some bread and peanut butter. Peanut butter and honey sandwiches are very filling and tasty.
I'm in southern VA, near the coast. They have changed their stories so MANY TIMES about this storm. My mom called and told me it's gonna be some HUGE storm and then my DH was like, no it's not...and the weather channel was like well it COULD be and my boss is like..you better be here regardless! LOL. I have myself scheduled for a 14 hour day Monday because I have SO much work to do that day - it would suck if I couldn't get to work.
Anyway, as far as food goes - you need water, obviously. Ice to keep things cold in coolers. Batteries for flashlights/candles. Canned goods - if you have a propane grill you can always heat things up when the hurricane is over. I've been through more hurricanes than I care to count. Irene knocked us on our @ss for a long long time, luckily I was one of the FIRST people back with power. Where I live now, I'm like..literally a block from the hospital, so if I lose power, I should get it back fairly quick.
I wish you all (and me) luck. I really hope all this hype is over nothing. And if I'm not mistaking, the pressure drops before the storm.
Harmony - We got hit by Hurricane Hugo. I was just a little kid and my mom decided she needed to go to 7-11 to get some cigs RIGHT in the middle of it! They were open - she got her cigs and she made it back safe but I was SO WORRIED. I remember I sat on the couch and rocked back and forth freaking out.
My sister also caught strep throat right after the power went out. It really could have been a crazy time in my life. But my parents both grew up on the coast and knew what to do. I don't remember it being very uncomfortable at all. Just exciting!