As Hurricane Irene hurtles her way towards us, I'm staying in to read and relax. I've got candles, bottled water, hard pretzels, apples, and a nearly empty fridge I can work my way through if need be. Had an issue with a window being shattered yesterday, but only the outer pane, so hopefully we'll be good. G's co-workers came out and cleaned it up for me. They were calling around the deployed people's families to make sure we were ready and come if we needed any help.
I've never been in this sort of weather. Between the earthquake and the hurricane/tropical storm I think a lot of thinking will be going into where we live next. I've told G that our next house must have working shutters that lock up tight. Even outside of this storm, we do get some nasty thunderstorms here as a result of being so close to the water.
So I'll be upstairs cleaning the bathtub and then filling it up with water. (A suggestion my friend Kaira made about making sure we have plenty of water to flush with, get water for the dogs, etc.) I've got battery operated candles, real candles, and I'm going through the house to collect them and make sure I'm prepared for plenty of reading by candlelight. With old fashioned brass holders I can easily walk around the house with my beeswax tapers. And I'm planning to go get some cheap pillars to light up the different rooms (I normally avoid paraffin, but don't want to waste all my beeswax and pricey soy candles).
I hope that those of you who will be in this storm are prepared, and for those elsewhere, please keep us in your thoughts!