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29 October 2012 @ 01:13 pm
One of the weirdest times for me of the "Stop! Hurr'cane Time!" phenomenon is the time before losing power. It always seems inevitable--and usually is. I see the stuff on Facebook along the lines of, "Trying to bake this bread before the power goes out", "Downloading all I can before the power goes out", "Trolling all I can before the power goes out" (made that one up) and I'm just sitting here, waitin'. I'm tempted to read but I know that when the power does go out, that's all I'll be doing; I think my brain has just yielded to that and is all ready to get started. But I best put it off for a bit.

May go upstairs and see if I can watch through a show, but of course we're heading into the timezone for strongest wind, and I may end up peeved if the power cuts out during a Big Moment (since I was thinking I'd go for Downton Abbey first). :P No 20-min shows to catch up on at the moment.

Just funny to have what feels like a period of stasis between states. Not Internetting Out the way I normally would, not yet delving into life with no power (please please please don't let it be four-five days again). I'm prematurely in the Waiting Place!

(Some of the Waiting Place section from Dr Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go!:
You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place...

...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Got my drinking water. Got a bunch of kitty-litter containers filled with water for flushing (thanks Mum) and the bathtub full of water for if that runs out (with just me, for the moment, I highly doubt it will). Got my stove-ready foods (thank you, gas stove!). Got my candles and my entertainment. Ate what may be a last microwave meal for a while (and one less thing to think about in the freezer); the extra ice is in the freezer. Not too worried beyond all that because even when the power goes out, they often clear off the roads soon enough that I can at least get down to the neighbours' house and they have a generator.

The lights just flickered. I'm going to move this show from my mother's kitchen-settled laptop to my bedroom, possibly just watch Netflix on my Kindle 'til the Internet goes.

If I'm gone for a while, know that I'm wishing you all the best and sending extra love and luck to the others who will be or are meeting Sandy at the moment. I'm sure I'll be back in a settled way soon enough (please before Halloween, please before Halloween, pleeeease before Halloween)!

I haven't had an American Halloween since 2007; the last one got snowed- and powered-out. Maybe next year's the year...

[Crossposted from dreamwidth.]
Current Mood: indescribableWaiting.
redbeargrlredbeargrl on October 29th, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
Be safe!
And stay in touch when you can, please.
shadowycat: skeletonshadowycat on October 29th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
Best of luck! :D
minervas_euleminervas_eule on October 29th, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
I hope you'll stay reasonably comfortable *hugs* . We have frost and a bit snow already, which is strange indeed!
therealsnapetherealsnape on October 30th, 2012 07:27 am (UTC)
Best of luck with the storm, and if you can, let us know how you're doing. I'm following the reports anxiously over here.
tt: just wanted to saytwisted_twister on October 30th, 2012 11:07 am (UTC)
Be safe and thanks for letting us know that you are settled and ready for everything. Do update when you can. Sending love and hugs from the both of us. ♥
twisted_knickertwisted_knicker on October 30th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
New York is on the news now for the storm. Bad. It's rare to hear that other states get hit so badly from a hurricane. Having lived through it I hope you are ok, wish you the best and am here if you wanna talk about it. Some people don't cope well. It seems that you stocked up well and were prepared though. Good on you. :D