my parents' backyard the morning after Irene
We managed to make it through Irene without any major flooding or tree damage. Our power came back on Monday night and I finally finished my work project yesterday (at least this phase) – so I'm riding on cloud nine right now.
As mentioned in the previous post, I fully prepared myself to have NO electricity throughout the hurricane, so I evacuated with very little entertainment for myself except a novel and my mandolin, which I can't tune to save my life. It seemed like a good idea at the time...in theory.
The reality included binging on moon pies & rice krispie treats and watching hours of mindless television, for fear the power would go out and we wouldn't have access to TV news for days. Bored by the news footage showing spiderman at the beach (true story), we progressed to watching mind-numbing chick flicks like "The Proposal" and "Made of Honor." Lawd. Anyone who knows me knows this is completely out of character. I hate how they're so predictable, but admittedly, I enjoyed every terrible second.
The whole family started suffering from a bad case of cabin fever. Again, preparing for the lights to go out, Avery and I made shadow puppets and tested them out in the closet (fun!). And at some point, Avery found a roll of tape which he applied to everything in sight, including us (not so fun!).
We woke up the next morning only to find a few large branches in the yard and a mess of leaves. Avery was particularly disappointed to find his elephant ears blown to bits and did what he could to "fix" the situation.
He was also particularly alarmed about the asymmetry of the mailbox planters. I guess we can figure out which way the wind blew.
So, not exactly a waste of a weekend because family time is always appreciated, but we're definitely looking forward to the approaching 3 Labor Day weekend. I might actually get to see the husband, though he's not going to appreciate the list of chores we need to tackle.
Did you guys have any damage?