Monday, October 29, 2012

Ready for Sandy... and a Giveaway Reminder

As I'm writing this blog post (on Saturday afternoon, Oct 27, 2012), Hurricane Sandy (or "Frankenstorm") is roaring toward the East coast of the US, and will undoubtedly pound us with a one-two punch by Monday. I'm as ready as I'll ever be.

Good book to read?

 Check. (Thanks, Mariga)



Batteries? 

Check.  
 

  
Water? 

Check.  


Three bags of chocolate candy? 

 Check!

Well, if Trick or Treat gets canceled,  someone has to eat it all! 

I actually learned from Hurricane Irene in August 2011 not to worry about stocking up on raw chicken or beef or anything else that requires cooking (since we lost power for days and I had to throw it all out in the end).  Instead I have an assortment of foods we can eat as is: bananas, apples, carrots, two loaves of bread, two jars of peanut butter, grape jelly, cans of tuna, lots of cheese and crackers, juice, cans of almonds.  I also have two bags of cough drops and plenty of Nyquil.  Yes, I'm sick.  My husband went out and bought me the bags of cough drops this morning, and also the last 5 miserable bananas in the grocery store.  Why are bananas the first food to sell out when a storm is coming?

If the forecasters are right about those high winds, and we do lose power, I may not be visiting anyone's blog on Monday.  I'll get to you later in the week, I hope.  In the meantime, I wanted to remind you that I have TWO giveaways going on right now:

Enter here to win a SIGNED hardcover copy of GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES by Mike Jung.  You have until Saturday November 3 at 10 pm EDT. International entries welcome.

Enter here to win a hardcover copy of TOUCHING THE SURFACE by Kimberly Sabatini, plus a load of swag.  You have until Wednesday, November 7 at 10 pm EST.  Again, international entries welcome.

Stay safe, everyone!  See you on the other side.

14 comments:

  1. Hope you don't get much bad weather Joanne. And feel better soon. That's nice you've got a sweet hubby taking care of you.

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  2. Still have power as of 11:35 Eastern time so I'll visit a few blogs in between coughing fits. Natalie, there's been a lot of rain so far, but the wind hasn't been too bad yet. It's supposed to be worse this afternoon.

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  3. Hope you stay safe and not too long without power. LOL on the candy. You are a thinking batten downer, oh yes you are!

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    1. Hi Deb! One must always have chocolate on hand!

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  4. Looks like you are very prepared! Sorry to hear that you are sick, too! Feel better and stay safe. I think the chocolate was a nice touch. Wish I thought of it! It is rainy and windy, but not too bad yet. Good luck!
    ~Jess

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    1. Thanks, Jess. It's been raining all last night and all day today, but we're warm and dry. The wind is just starting to pick up here at 4:23 pm EDT. They're calling for the worst to be between about 5 pm and midnight. The lights have only flickered twice so far, but I probably won't stay online much longer! You stay safe, too!

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  5. Stay safe Joanne! You forgot to list your pile of books to read! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Julie. You're right! I do have a huge stack of arcs and paperbacks to read when I finish The Brides of Rollrock Island!

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  6. Stay safe Joanne and feel better : )

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! You stay safe up there in New York! I'm going to sign off now because the wind is starting to howl around the eaves of my house. Gotta go make some tea while I still have power.

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  7. I'm finding this late, but I hope you're safe and sound.
    ~Akoss

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    1. Thanks, Akoss. That was nice of you. We were very lucky here in PA. New Jersey and New York seemed to be the hardest hit. There were some downed trees and power outages near here (my parents were without power for 2 and a half days - it just came back on) but for the most part life is back to normal.

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  8. I'm glad to hear you're okay from the comments. I hope you're feeling better, too.

    When I'm preparing for a hurricane I somehow miss buying candy.

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    1. Oh, thanks, Medeia! Chocolate is always tops on my emergency lists! And I finally got my voice back today, so I'm on the mend.

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