Does anyone see the irony of my last post being a review of a book that chronicles the horrific events of the greatest storm of the 20th century to hit
New England, and now, Irene, the greatest storm of this century, is knocking on our door? To say that I’m a little freaked out is an understatement.
For those of you who may not have read my bio yet, I write from
. As of the 8 a.m. projected track of Irene, we are due to catch the nasty east-side of the storm. Probably a mere category 1 (winds of 74-95 mph) but a storm surge of 25 feet! I was a girl scout, so I have assembled the items for my emergency kit as recommended by FEMA, so survival is not an issue. What is at issue is the things I need to tuck into my beach bag to make the post-storm trials and tribulations a little more enjoyable. Newport, RI
First and foremost is my itty bitty book light! I expect to get a lot of reading done in the darkness that is part of the “fun” of a week—or longer--without electricity. It is near impossible to sleep on those hot humid nights without benefit of a/c, let alone a fan to offer a slight breeze. (And don’t believe the advertisements, those little battery-powered “personal” fans do not offer a dang bit of relief!) So I will spend the nights escaping into a fictional world, preferably one set in the middle of a blizzard.
Next in my Hurricane Beach Bag I will need liquid refreshments. Not water (that’s part of the survival kit tucked away in the basement) but something refreshing to tickle my tastebuds and relax the stress. To that end, I have tucked away a few cases of my daily caffeine staple, Diet Coke (which isn’t quite as refreshing without ice but is still a daily requirement). I've also set aside another basic necessity of life, Cabernet Sauvignon. A case of it, selected because it best enjoyed at room temperature.
And of course with the red wine there will be chocolate. Dark, creamy chocolate that is perfect food for after a hurricane because it does not require cooking or refrigeration and is ooohhhhh, so tasty!
So while the rest of the world remains plugged into their social media worlds, I’ll be curled up, nibbling chocolate while enjoying a glass of wine and reading a book by a meager light. Kind of cozy, if you think about it.
So if there isn’t a blog post on Monday, it’s probably because I don’t have electricity or any communciaton to the outside world. But don’t worry about me. I have my Hurricane Necessities packed in my beach bag and we’ll survivie just fine.