There are probably many things that one can do to prepare for a nor’easter, and many more that one can do to prepare for what may well end up being the next Storm of the Century (or at the very least the biggest blizzard since 1978). Here’s what we decided to do to get ready for Nemo and the two to three feet of snow and widespread power outages that are supposed to come with it:
1) Think about going shopping and then don’t. We thought about going out for groceries Thursday, but our car was in the shop getting new rotors and spreading rumors among the mechanics that we need a new catalytic converter, so we back-burnered the grocery shopping idea. Plus, we’ve got corn chips and lots of nuts and sunflower seeds and peanut butter. We’ll be fine, I’m sure.
2) Clean. Whenever there’s something that requires preparation—a birthday, a wedding, a visit from the plumber, or, apparently, a blizzard—I feel a need to clean. I’ve wiped down the fronts of the appliances and cupboards, scrubbed the kitchen floor, swept and dusted the whole house, done all of the laundry, and cleaned out my diaper bag and two purses (how on earth did I end up with two purses anyway?). Once I clean out the car, we’ll be ready for Nemo.
3) Bake. Since we decided not to go grocery shopping, I figured I’d convert some of our ingredients that require cooking into foods that require neither refrigeration nor extra cooking. So I made (GF) granola and (GF, vegan) brownies.
This is what we’ve done, but your results may vary. You may even choose to do something practical, like fueling up the generator, stocking up on firewood, or stockpiling canned goods, and that’s fine. The key is to stay busy so you don’t check the ALL CAPS WEATHER UPDATES every ten minutes. You know what it’s going to say: we’re all in danger, this is the worst storm ever, here are pictures of people watching snow fall. (And, of course, by “you” I mean “I.”) I figure, why bother looking? I’d rather wear myself out baking brownies.
How are you planning to weather the storm?