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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hurricane photos: The Final Chapter (lol)

 So, you've seen the last two episodes of hurricane/tropical storm Irene photos, and now I bring you the final chapter: How We Coped For 72 Hours Without Electricity.

As you can see here, we were pretty well stocked with snacks.  This is only a small portion of what we had on hand, and after all, when one has an apartment full of boys...one must keep the pantry stocked with Little Debbie snacks, lol.  Trail mix and wheat Ritz crackers were for me.

 Once we were able to leave our homes again, I took Alex to school and had Dante with me, running errands to the bank and walmart for additional supplies.  We had a charger that plugs into the car's cigarette lighter port.  It has regular outlets and a USB port so we could charge our phones, Nintendo DS's and Dante's iPod touch.  I didn't let the boys use the battery operated items until after 5pm when the light started to fade, and that way they had them when they really needed to have something to do, and no one's battery died in the middle of a game, in the dark.

After Alex got out of school, we went to the local libraries so he could play and we could take advantage of power, internet, and air conditioning.  We also keep up a steady supply of book for Alex to read.  At the newly remodeled Weaver library in East Providence, we found this awesome train table where Alex played for about an hour, during which I was able to sit at a tiny table in a tiny chair and work on my final project offline.

 There were several rooms with cool things like a puppet theater, a funhouse mirror, a lego table, and a station set up for babies 1-3 years old.  Dante went over to the teen section, found a beanbag chair, and read for a while. 

At some point in the day, Alex needed to go potty and when I took him into the bathroom in the children's section of the library, I felt like I was in Alice in Wonderland!  Everything was child-sized!  The sink was at his level.  The mirror was low enough for him to see himself in it.  He could actually reach the soap dispenser and the paper towel holder.  It was so cute, that I had to take photos of him at the sink, lol.
Later in the day, we went home to add more ice to the cooler, eat lunch, and stock up on snacks again.  Then it was off to the Barrington Library where we found half the town at the park with their children.  Unfortunately I wasn't prepared for the icecream truck to randomly pull up out of the blue, and Alex was pretty upset that I didn't have cash to get him an icecream.  That meant a trip to Riverside Creamery for a sub-par soft serve (because they take debit card).  At least the boy was happy.

Thankfully, the power was restored the day after this, so I have no more storm-related photos to show you.  Hopefully I'll be able to show you some of the knitting projects I've been working on, in an upcoming post.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hurricane Photos: part 2





Shaw's dairy section, 2 days after the storm




not much cheese left




donuts. the breakfast staple




cream cheese.  maybe it's going on all the donuts?




Target, the day after the storm.




I saw something just like this in Zombieland




nothing.  and it was dark.




still more nothing.




right about here I realized they had to pull all the refrigerated foods off the shelves.




a tree down.




trees down on either side of the street




tree down on the Blackstone Blvd.




more of the same.




ditto.





clean up started first thing Monday morning, and was still going on as of Friday morning.
Tomorrow, photos of what got us through the first few days.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hurricane photos, part 1




four 72-hour kits, ready to go by the door





Candles lined up for use later when the power goes out




assorted milks, and soda in the cooler (it got a lot more crowded in there later)





lanterns, extra candles in a box, and assorted flashlights (recognize flicker from Handy Manny?)




garden, after I cut down my herbs




basil hanging up to dry




basil, thyme, and cilantro, all brought in from the garden (the basil didn't last the night)



hurricane winds blowing plants across the street




this was blowing way more than you can tell from the photo




debris from the storm




blowing winds and rain




hurricane lamp (aptly named)




Alex's activity station during the storm




hand-cranked radio/flashlight combo (which we adore)




the wind blew off the neighbor's screen door
Tomorrow, photos from the aftermath.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This post brought to you by...electricity :)

That's right folks!  We not only survived the hurricane without having to evacuate, but we also survived over 72 hours without power with a video game dependent 14-year old, a t.v. addicted 5-year old, and minimum food spoilage.  Of course our checking account took a substantial hit, as the banks were all closed because of the power outage but the clearing houses were all open, so that money I had sitting in the savings account just sat there instead of getting into the checking account where it really needed to be.  Oh well.  Worse things have (and did) happen as a result of the storm so I'm feeling very blessed. 

I was a good little blogger, and made sure to charge the camera battery so I've got some pretty surreal photos to share once I get home to upload them.  Unfortunately, I'm right smack dab in the middle of finals again and I've been without power or computer access so I'll be busy for a good week, but if I get some spare time I promise a proper blog post complete with photos and a full debriefing of the last three days.  Now, back to work :)