Coping with NYC Earthquakes, Hurricane Irene & Possible Blackout

by - 8/28/2011 09:07:00 AM

It's Sunday morning and we've made it through the arrival of Hurricane Irene. This comes after a week where we had our first official NYC earthquake. Currently we're inside listening to the sounds of the rain as I split time between watching the news, fixing snacks for my son and being on and off the internet. I've been avoiding the internet since Friday. Not for any real reason beside I didn't want to get distracted and either forget or run out of time to do/get/find something we need in case things take a turn for the worse.

Hurricane Irene NYC

So I took the time to stock pile items we needed ($35 worth of snacks), noted all the emergency numbers to call, websites/twitter/text places to check, and check in with friends and family. Once that was done all I could do was wait. And wait. And wait. I literally waited along with thousands of other NYC's to see what mayhem Hurricane Irene would cause.

Hurricane Irene NYC

But even before Hurricane Irene arrived she had a major effect on the cty. For the first time ever, MTA Suspended ALL the service. NO Subway, bus and rail service along with suspensions and restrictions are at MTA bridges and tunnels! So the city that claims to never sleep was forced to take a nap this weekend! It was a history making moment.

So what are we doing now that we're stuck inside and facing a black out after we survived the winds and rainstorms of Hurricane Irene?

Hurricane Irene NYC

Welp, my son has been spending some serious time with the LeapPad I received this week. He's glued to it and refuses to share. I was able to pull him away from it kicking and screaming (literally) so we can play with his other toys. Thanks goodness for buildable toys. We spent a few hours putting sets together, playing and then breaking down.

Last night we had movie night. This week I also received the latest Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels DVD. So we curled up in a blanket, pullout the snacks and watched the battle of steamies versus diesels.

Twilight: Eclipse Jacob

After he went to sleep, I watched The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Two-Disc Special Edition) again because seeing Jacob without a shirt is a memory I want to keep with me in case the world ends. Go Team Jacob!

This morning I've tried channel surfing the different stations to hear if ConEd will cut the power off in our area. So far no word on that but just in case I've kept phones, laptops, and all portable devices charged and went back to waiting. While I can survive winds, rain and being inside I'm not sure how long I can survive without my electricity devices. I think this is a clear sign I need to go into some form of techie rehab after this is over.

So far we're coping ok and I hope we'll continue to be so. Now while my son is napping on this history making weekend, I will go back to waiting and another round of channel surfing.

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  1. I'm glad you two are okay. Yes, the waiting was hard because we really didn't know what to expect. Glad it was not as bad as everyone thought it could be. BTW, nice pic of Jacob!

  2. Glad you and family are ok also. Thankfully things seems to be manageable and now we just have to wait for the end. Thank the universe I have Jacob :)

  3. I'm so glad you guys are okay! :)

  4. Glad you are ok and also glad the worst is over.

  5. For many, it was pretty non-eventful (thank goodness!) I just hope that if there is a next time, people will still take the warnings just as seriously.