There have been a lot of lists and press conferences of what we should pack and have at the ready waiting for Irene. Don’t forget to bring your pets’ food as well as kitty litter if needed! But none of the lists have mentioned the must haves when being stuck in the house for a possible 72 hours. So here are my words of wisdom:
- Portable DVD player: charged. And don’t forget to bring it with you if you have to leave your house. And the DVDs. And the charger.
- Toilet paper. We had to pick some up this morning at Home Depot, where people were acting like the end of the world was coming. They were buying sand bags and generators, which the sign said were final sales. I guess if the power doesn’t go out, you are out $600.
- Craft Kits. We also stopped at AC Moore. Surprisingly, the crowds were not there as in Home Depot. Crayons, coloring pads, no glitter (can’t go outside), and piping. So far we used the crayons.
- Milk. And because this is O, we need at least 2 gallons for 72 hours. As we were dealing with our sporting goods emergencies at Sports Authority, the lady ahead of us warned us about going to Stop and Shop. She said no milk and no bread. The shelves were empty. She suggested we go to this other supermarket, which we never heard of. And we did, and it was great! Family owned, and they had milk. And goldpish on sale, so O was doubly happy. And we got her this Trix yogurt (of course that’s the one she liked instead of the Stonyfield organic stuff) so she was triple happy.
- Downloaded videos. You don’t really need them, but just in case the DVD player runs out of battery, or the billionth viewing of Toy Story will mean hanging yourself from the highest rafters in a house with no rafters
- Patience. For you to survive the demands of a 2-1/2 year old.