Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, and things are getting back to normal. I feel very fortunate that, in the aftermath, we have minimal damage to our house. We have a few shingles missing from the roof, some limbs that broke off trees in the backyard, and one tree in front of the house that split right in half .
I don’t really mind though… I always hated that tree.
We (stupidly) forgot to bring our recycling container inside (it’s one of the gigantic ones on wheels), which we usually leave right outside of the garage. I looked all around our yard and couldn’t find it anywhere. Then, I spotted a recycling bin laying on it’s side all the way over to the opposite side of our nextdoor neighbor’s yard. I wondered if it was ours at first… but then I saw a trail of empty tofu containers, almond milk cartons, cans of Dale’s Pale Ale and an empty case of Southern Tier beer. Yup. Definitely ours.
I got a lot of texts, emails and Facebook messages from my friends around the country asking we were okay and sending positive thoughts my way. You all are the best and I really appreciate all of the love! Because so many people were asking, I wanted to just give a re-cap of how the storm went down in my neck of the woods.
Spoiler alert: we are just fine and I have no right to complain about anything that happened as a result of Sandy, so I won’t.
The hype of the big storm starting growing over the weekend, and by Sunday, we were all expecting it to hit any moment. Luckily the rain held off all day Sunday, which was great for the marathon! But by night time, all hell started breaking loose. Schools started closing for the following two days, airports we shutting down- even the federal government was closed. I was scheduled to teach Bodypump at 6 am Monday morning, and my aerobics coordinator left it up to instructors to use their judgment if they could make it to the gym or not. I love teaching, and the only way that I would have canceled my class would be if it was truly unsafe to be on the roads. I set my alarm for 5:15 am, looked outside and noticed that it was only lightly raining and there was barely a breeze. There was absolutely NO reason why I couldn’t have made it to my class- so I went and taught as scheduled. The gym was DEAD, but I had four (very grateful) people show up for class.
A little later on, the gym decided to close in the afternoon because conditions started to worsen. I didn’t have anywhere else that I had to be, and no clients to train, so I spent the rest of the day at home trying to be productive. I cleaned, took some photos and wrote a few blog post and tried to tackle a new layout for the blog. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a while and just never had time (or the desire) to just sit and work on it for a few hours. Right now, it’s a work in progress, and I haven’t done a thing about the header design yet (I have no idea what I want!), but it will all be complete soon.
I started seeing different Facebook status updates and Tweets about people losing power, and figured that I should be prepared for ours to go out any minute. Greg and I even decided to make dinner super early, just in case we wouldn’t have electricity to cook later on. By 7:00, we had eaten and taken advantage of electricity all day, and I thought alright, power. I won’t be too upset if you go out now. Not that I wanted to lose power… but it wouldn’t have been the end of the world.
We watched storm coverage on tv for a while (it was the only thing on!) and were horrified by some of the video from Ocean City (MD), New Jersey and New York. They were definitely getting nailed. And to the west of us- it was snowing! Crazy. That later it got, the harder it rained and the more the wind grew. The trees outside looked like they would snap any minute, and it sounded like a freight train rushing by. Just before 10:00, the lights started flickering, and we made a decision to go upstairs and call it a night. And about 5 minutes after getting into bed, the power went out. And stayed out. It definitely wasn’t a big deal at that point, since we were just going to sleep anyway, but actually falling asleep was the issue. The noise from the wind was so incredibly loud and the house was shaking. You could hear things flying around and breaking outside… definitely not easy to sleep through. We both decided to take some Tylenol PM and then waited for it to kick in. I think Greg was out pretty shortly, but it took a lot longer for me…. I probably finally passed out a little after midnight.
We both woke up to the sound of Greg’s phone ringing a little before 6:00 am. He is in charge of voice communications for a very large world-wide company and gets slammed whenever there is a power outage. And since his company is based in New York, sh*t was definitely hitting the fan. We still didn’t have power when we woke up, and then magically it came on about five minutes later (and stayed on). So, I really can’t complain about only losing power for the eight hours that I was in bed. We are DEFINITELY lucky- as many people around us are still without power!
While we had electricity, we did not have internet, so Greg had to rush out the door to drive down to the local office and try to fix things. It was still raining at that point, and a little windy, but nothing like it had been the night before. The gym had canceled all classes for the day, so I didn’t teach my usual 5:30 and 6:30 am classes (I was disappointed because Tuesday mornings are my favorite, but it was definitely the right call!). I tried to fall back asleep for a bit, since I was going on a little over 5 hours, but it didn’t happen. Eventually I made my way downstairs and did a killer workout in my home gym. The only advantage to classes being canceled is that I can switch up my routine and do something different, and that’s exactly what I did! My workout included lots of burpees, box jumps, and Tina’s awesome new push-up workout, amongst other things.
I went out later that morning and ran a couple of errands and went over to the gym to grab some client files that I do some program designing at home. I also walked around the park near our house (Baker Park) to take some photos. Trees are either split in half or completely knocked down all over the place.
And of course, there’s a lot of flooding. I didn’t get a chance to go over to the big river that runs through the county (the Monocacy), but I saw plenty of photos that friends posted on Facebook that it has flooded over and caused a lot of damage.
Carroll Creek, which runs through Baker Park is usually pretty shallow, and was right to the point of flooding over.
This is usually a big open field… now it’s a lake.
Other than some flooding, power outages and broken trees, I think that the residents of Frederick made out okay. We would have been in much worse shape had we lived a little further east, and I am incredibly grateful that we made it out just fine. Everything is back to normal here, and life goes on.
I’m sending lots of positive energy to those who suffered extensive damage from the storm, and hope that everyone makes a quick recovery.
Did you experience any damage from the hurricane? Or do you know anyone that did?