- Amass a collection of camping gear, candles, and food to supply any potential apocalypse. Not out of fear, but because of occasional camping and sale-bingeing habits.
- Wonder about how to get a fireplace put in to increase self-sufficiency should a society-altering event actually occur, especially with all of the trees out back.
- Watch reports of impending storm.
- Note increasing tone of hysteria and hype in media.
- Laugh at silliness of New Englanders.
- It's a hurricane, not the apocalypse.
Few Days Before:
- Inventory grocery staples, such as milk and fresh produce.
- Wish that the storm was scheduled for after the usual grocery-shopping day.
- Resign self to joining panicked masses at the grocery stores.
- Join throngs at the grocery store.
- Sigh at the hysteria.
- Get in line at the gas station and gas up. The tank is low, regardless of impending doom.
- Sigh at the hysteria.
- Find out that BestestHusband's company is closed due to impending doom.
- Find out that daycare is closed due to impending doom, so there's no Music Time to lead.
- Resign self to day spent indoors with kids.
- Mentally prepare self with list of fun activities to keep kids entertained.
Day Of Doom:
- Give thanks for wise neighbor who invites you over for outside fun before storm gets too bad and you're stuck inside.
- Bundle kids up and drag them outdoors for forced fun.
- Chuckle with native Floridian neighbor about the silliness of New Englanders and storms.
- Traipse over to another neighbor's house with a swing set. Milk that outside time a little longer.
- Make tentative plans with second neighbor for indoor activities in case the girls' stir-craziness is worse than the weather outside.
- Keep kids outside playing with friends until they're practically begging to go inside. Give small thanks that they won't ask to go outside for quite some time.
- Go home and serve them hot chocolate. Yes, hurricanes in New England can actually be cold.
- Feed them lunch with an extra little treat. All of the crankiness about the forced fun dissipates.
- Let them argue over who gets which flashlight if the power goes out.
- Send them to take a hot shower with BestestHusband. Showering is easier with working electricity, and who knows how long you'll have power.
- Decide which bath tub to fill with water. It is a hurricane, and it pays to take a few proactive steps to ensure you can flush your toilets, even in the midst of doom.
- Attempt to leak-proof the leaky bathtub drain.
- Pray for the best.
- Fill the bath tub with water. Just in case the storm really is as bad as the weathermen predict.
- Follow friends' Facebook feeds around New England to find out who has power and who doesn't.
- Give thanks for power.
- Give thanks that you had the big trees trimmed away from the house last year.
- Get a call from friends. Make dinner plans. Make contingency plans based on availability of electricity.
- Marvel at your dependency on electricity.
- Enjoy a day without crazy errand-running and attempted productivity, and pray it doesn't get too bad for everyone else.