Angry Angel Anxiety – Hurricane Update

I just wanted to throw up a quick post today to let everyone know that as of 11am today (Saturday) we have power, cable, and internet back. The power came back yesterday a little after 4pm, and after it did we discovered that the cable/internet was out.  So no tv, no video games, and continuing to rely on our cell data plan, which is UGH because after the 15th Verizon was going to start charging us again for it. We figured it was just that the commercial power outages were affecting Spectrum hubs, so we went to bed in the air conditioning hoping to wake up to restoration of the other services.

It wasn’t restored when we woke up, and that was when I began to get angry. I stayed patient through 5 days of sweltering heat and using flashlights to get around and taking rides in the car to cool off and worrying about the animals’ safety, but the idea that we had power and couldn’t have the basic comforts of tv and internet was what almost broke me. And then, as I was angrily swiping through Spectrum’s twitter feed around 11am, my phone said it had connected to the home wifi, and everything was finally okay.

It feels like we’ve been tortured for 5 days and then released back into normal life. I mean, that’s a bit dramatic, but it’s hard to put my finger on how I am feeling today. It’s like I don’t trust the power. I don’t trust the internet. I feel edgy, anxious, nervous – like I can’t quite relax. My brain is still thinking of survival techniques to get through as opposed to just accepting that everything is okay now. Where can I go to charge my stuff? Where can I go to get internet? Do we need ice? You know, just in case.

I don’t think I could do this again. As soon as we get paid again I’m going to plan out a way that we could buy a generator. We’re going to get a regular boom box type radio and a weather solar/crank charge radio. We’ve been making lists of the things we wished we had, and we’re going to buy them asap.

This also made me think about longevity in Florida. I hate being cold and I hate snow but I honestly couldn’t do this again and not suffer some mental health consequences. With the climate change concerns, plus the storms increasing due to warmer waters, moving north may just need to be a survival plan we have to put into place. You can stay warm/cool up north when the power goes out. Down here it’s just suffering.

But we are back, baby! Thanks for all your support through the week.

Hurricane Irma: The Aftermath

If there truly is a god then by the time this posts we will have our power back. However, if Duke Energy has anything to say about it we won’t have it restored until Friday, because there is no god. We have been out of power since Sunday night around 8:15pm and I am certain that one more night with no AC is going to cause the husband to murder me in my sleep. I am also certain that one more night without AC would have me welcoming the sweet embrace of death, so it’s a win-win! JK I long for death all the time. Smiley face!

Luckily we didn’t lose water. So we can still drink from the tap and shower and that’s a huge help. We bought a lot of bottled water and froze a lot of water just in case, so we would have been prepared. We also bought a ton of canned soups, and with the cool camping pot holder thing I bought on Amazon we can basically cook whatever. I think if the power stays out longer I might go get some eggs for breakfast.

firepit

Tonight (Tuesday) a friend that lives close by that has power has invited us over and we are charging everything. Phones, computers, secondary chargers, tablets, everything. We’re also going to have pizza. It’s basically the best night of my life since Sunday. This morning we took a drive to get Dunkin Donuts for breakfast, and we found D batteries at the grocery store, where we also got sub sandwiches.  Basically today, aside from sitting in a hot house for a long time, was pretty good. Fingers crossed for power to come back asap though.

Enjoy a book review tomorrow, and episode 10 of Based on the Book is up also. I’ll be off Friday, returning next week with another set of fun and exciting content! Or not, it’s all based on you. 🙂

Rock You Like A Hurricane

Thanks for being here with me in my first full week back at Angry Angel Books. I am 4 weeks into the school year and I’ve found a nice, steady rhythm and routine. I’ve also got my podcast up and back too, which makes me feel good. I am currently reading 4 books, including 2 new releases, the next book in The Dark Tower series, and a memoir for the Memoir Monday series.

But of course, once I have something built and settled, something comes along that threatens to knock all the knick-knacks off the shelf. We have been watching Hurricane Irma very closely, and her current track seems to be moving further west, which would impact us more strongly in the Tampa Bay area. I am expecting to lose power, and we are preparing for a possible water outage as well due to storm surge. Any use of phones or other electronics will be limited to listening to updates (we were too late for a hand crank/battery emergency radio) via TuneIn or some other radio app or calling for help if we need it.

Luckily, my squirrel, poor person tendencies made us go out Sunday and we got BOGO soups and 2-24 packs of bottled water before there was even a rush on anything. I am so fucking thankful that we did, otherwise we’d be in a sore spot right now. So in terms of food/water we are in a good place. We have tons of games and books and coloring books to keep us occupied should the power go out, and those electronics that cannot access 4G internet can be used for music, movies, or books if we need to zone out for an hour. We’ve saved music and movies on a thumb drive that we can watch them on without having to stream the content.

We were able to fill up the husband’s Prius, and my X-Terra has about 3/4 of a tank right now, so in terms of gas or possible evacuation we are also in good condition. We have food, water, gas, medicine, and pet food. We do not have the capability to board up our windows, but we do have safe areas of the house to be in during the most dangerous times to avoid glass/roof danger. We are taking every precaution short of evacuating.

I am terrified, but my coping mechanisms are working at capacity to keep me from falling apart so I can help the husband get everything ready. My anxiety and depression are trying to make me sleep but I just can’t, there is too much to do. Please keep the husband, our two cats, two dogs, and myself in your thoughts. If your life pulls you to religion, prayers are fine too, I’m not going to turn away good thoughts. 🙂 All we can do now is survive this. I will try to keep you updated on Twitter and Facebook – if you want to keep up with my status please follow me on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/angryangelbooks  and on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/angryangelbooks/

I will update as much as I can. Thank you for being a part of this community. You mean so much to me. If you are in danger too, please be safe. We will do our best to get through this.

Signing off for the weekend.