Oh, Sandy. Sandy Sandy Sandy. Only one post to sum up last week, it’s time to move on for us. But not the poor folks still without power.
Worked from home on Monday, but we still needed coffee. Stone Street was the only open place. The owner and his cousin live upstairs. Best find: The back is a Speakeasy with a mixologist and cocktails behind the wall! We’ll be back sometime for BathTub Gin.
We started Monday night pre-storm popping open a bottle of champagne that’s been in our refrigerator 2 years (Amy’s wedding!). We were only going to drink a glass, but ended up drinking the entire bottle. Then the lights went out….
And then it settled in…days without power or water. A big thanks to N & C who provided a warm shower and TV multiple times.
1. Wash the dishes after dinner when you think the lights are going to go out.
2. Water does run, but not if you are above the 6th floor. The pressure from the water coming from upstate doesn’t have THAT much pressure to reach the 6th floor.
3. Flashlights. Thank you, Daddy, for the ones you’ve given in my stocking! They came in handy!
4. Bed Head is perfectly acceptable in situations like this. Distract with a brightly covered scarf when dressing for work.
5. Have friends who live in different areas of the city to cover all bases. And thank you to everyone who provided a towel!
6. Power is precious. It’s a huge stress to manage the power on your cell, when you need to make calls to check in, but don’t know when the next charge is.
7. People are friendly. And they behave in New York City at night.
And my big lesson is that many people have it a whole lot harder than I do. Wondering where you are going to bath, where the next meal is, where you can sleep, where do you go when it’s cold. It’s mentally exhausting. Then to have children and think about all that. I have a new respect and concern for people in these situations every day, all year. Be thankful for what you have and give back.