I love weather. I mean, I seriously love weather.
When I was a kid I use to get so excited when we’d have a serve thunderstorm warning. When the storm either missed us or it was weak, I would get so upset. My poor parents, they would actually send me to my room because I would get so frustrated by the inaccurate forecasting.
My dream was to become a meteorologist, so I applied to my dream schools, The University of Oklahoma and The University of Nebraska. I didn’t get into OU but I did get into Nebraska!! Although it was my dream to go to school for meteorology, a NCAA track and field scholarship to the University of Texas- San Antonio kept me in Texas. I think it turned out for the better as I don’t know how well I would have done in atmospheric physics classes.
Although I didn’t become a meteorologist, I still follow weather closely and am obsessed with it. Secretly, I AM THRILLED THAT IRENE IS HEADED THIS WAY. Now I do respect that it’s a powerful storm and can cause a lot of damage, which I do not want! For those who haven’t been though a hurricane, it is important to do a little preparation. I have been in hurricanes where the power goes out for a day or two and we lose water, so here are some of my recommendations.
Hurricane Supply List
- Flashlights and/or batteries for your flashlights
- 2-3 gallons of water
- Non perishable healthy snack foods
- Fresh fruit
- Board games! These will save your life if you’re anything like me. I get so incredibly bored when the power goes out.
- Battery operated radio
- And according to my Mom, peanut butter!!
To Do List
- Have a little cash on hand
- Fill your gas tank
- Move your car way from any trees!! Trust me, this is really important.
- Make sure all of your electronics are charged!! Cell phones, laptop, portable DVD player, camera, etc.
- Put important documents into a waterproof bag or container in case of flooding
After work on Thursday I went to Target to pick up some hurricane supplies. I haven’t shopped at Target in ages, so I was totally like a kid in a candy store!
I don’t know if it’s because graduate school just started, but I was immediately sucked into the office supplies, organizational, and day planner isles. While wondering the isles, I found this awesome meal plan dry erase chart which can be posted on the refrigerator. The planner is by Mead as part of their Organizher line.
The 3 columns are for Lunch, Dinner, and Notes. The 7 rows are for each day of the week (Monday-Sunday). I am incredibly excited to use this as another tool for meal planning and grocery shopping prep. The planner came with a grocery list pad too!
I eventually made my way back to the grocery section of Target to pick up some water…
but the shelves were EMPTY!! I guess I’ll be going to the grocery store Saturday morning with the rest of the world. While I was there, a girl saw a few bottles of Perrier water and said “this will work”… ummm, clearly you’ve never had your water go out or been in a hurricane! I’d love to see her when she goes to brush her teeth or wash her hair and all she has is Perrier. Priceless!
Eventually I made by way back to the electronics section to buy batteries but I completely forgot about my battery mission when I saw the movie section. I always stop by the movies when I’m at Target as they tend to have lots of movies on sale from $3-$7.50. You really can’t beat that! Although I didn’t get any movies on sale, I did buy Win Win!
I had heard that this was an amazing movie but I never made it to the theater when it was here in DC. Although the movie was full price, I think it’s the perfect movie to watch on a crazy weather weekend, electricity permitting.