After a very scary evening with the wind howling and many scary thuds and bumps from the roof, I packed a backpack with diapers, wipes, and clothes for Calliope (plus one pair of underwear and socks for me), the Ipad (in a ziploc bag) and chargers for the phone and Ipad. I put the bag in the bathroom (where there are no windows). Somehow, having that bag packed made me feel better.
Then I bedded down on the floor in Calliope's room. The fan was running on high for white noise (I always run it for her) so I only heard the louder thuds.
I woke up about 4 am and came out into the living room, where it was eerily quiet.
All is well this morning. We never even lost power or internet.
But two people in an adjoining neighborhood were killed at 6 am this morning while walking their dog. Well, they were discovered at 6 am, so they might have been out earlier. It's not clear.
So I'm debating whether or not it's safe to take Calliope out to visit Eleanor.
We spent some time going diaper free this morning since there's no reason I can't sit and monitor her. She kept bringing me books and then climbing onto the potty, but didn't produce anything. I can't figure out why she goes so regularly for the nanny and so rarely for me! She's been signing "change me" and "diaper" when she wants to sit on the potty but this is the first time she's tried to climb on it herself.
The pictures of the devastation are shocking. School is closed tomorrow and the subway is expected to be out for 3-4 days, so my guess is that we won't have school for the rest of the week.
This is the first time I've had to experience a scary storm. It was much scarier with a little one in my care. I hope we won't have to go through this again for a very long time.
And I hope that Barack Obama makes good use of this tragedy, by talking about cuts to FEMA are a terrible idea, and combating climate change is important!