So Hurricane Irma is brewing. As of now, it’s somewhere along the Caribbean and it’s heading this way. Hurricane Harvey was a big disaster for a lot of people. Not was, is. And I think it’s definitely instilled more fear into us Florida folks. Especially with this new Hurricane heading this way…. and it’s estimated that the tropical storm that’s floating out at sea now is actually going to become a third hurricane by tonight. They don’t call it hurricane season for nothing. This current storm (Irma) is one of the strongest ones to date. I mean, don’t quote me on that, but I know that it’s so strong that it’s pushing beyond the cat 5 rating (the highest one possible) and even showing up on earthquake radars. That is pretty crazy to me.
I’m not sure how I feel or where I stand on the situation.
I’m not allowing myself to be scared. And I’m not allowing myself to be stressed. Thais for sure.
I mean, not yet anyway. The reality is that if it comes, it comes. (Remember: is this useful?) But I’m somewhere in this in between area of: cleaning out my cabinets. I haven’t purchased canned products in months… and I don’t want to buy more when we’re leaving in one months time. And then on the other side: I don’t want to be left shit out of luck after a hurricane thinking, “man, that was stupid for me to not buy food” You know?
Part of me wishes we had already left for Guatemala. But I know that if the storm did come and we were away, then we’d have to make our way back right here anyway to deal with any repairs.
I get why people are fleeing— especially people in Miami– and especially people in Miami Beach who have flooding even with a random Tuesday rainstorm. Miami is truly sinking into the sea. But I don’t know, for us, (and I’m pretty sure this is 100% correct for Alex too) we’re the type of people who rather just stay and deal with it. Ride it out and do the clean up as it happens. If it happens. Because again, it might not even happen.
We have candles stocked up from the last hurricane (that never hit us). And we have our water filter— that filters EVERYTHING. (read about it here, not sponsored, just love it) So really, other than some food, I think and hope we should be good.
Right now we’re just sitting ducks, waiting to see what happens. They’ve evacuated parts of Florida. But not up here, yet. Alex’s work (more east/on the water) had evacuated last time– so we’re waiting to see if that happens this time. Alex did bring home flowers (SO MANY FLOWERS) since they canceled a HUGE floral event at his work that was scheduled for this weekend. Fun flower arranging in my future? Maybe. Or maybe a fun allergy attack when we’re stuck inside with closed windows? haha. Funny thing is we went through our kitchen again this week to minimize before the move and I moved out maybe 5 flower vases– luckily their still sitting in the back since we haven’t had a chance to make it to goodwill yet.
I cope with stress and hard time with laughter or jokes. Often bad jokes. (My step mom says it, but she’s right: I am my father’s daughter). And my poor mother has to deal with my bad humor when she’s stressed out, worrying about her children from a distance. She asks what happens if we flood and we can’t leave the house for days and I tell her I’ll ladle in water into the filter through the window. And she has to deal with me. I just don’t want to take it too seriously. But I did this when I first got sick too. Denial. I told myself I was fine, better than I was, and I wasn’t. It caught up to me.
A hopeless optimistic. But I don’t want to change. Being a hopeless optimistic has totally stung me in the butt before– but now, I’m grateful for it. I’ll deal with the stress when it comes, and in my own way.
To be completely honest, my biggest fears and concerns are with all the islands that the storm is hitting now and soon. Islands that may not have the sturdy infrastructures we have or the easily accessible resources we have. I don’t know man, it’s all crazy. But all I (we) can do is hope for the best.
If you guys are anywhere in the path of this new hurricane and especially if you’re in Texas, dealing with the aftermath of Harvey, I hope you’re safe. Please be safe. And worry just enough, but not too much. Stress is bad for the body.
In the meantime, I’ll be working on my moving things and hoping to get a lot of posts done for you guys. I have a recipe I’m working on in drafts! Want to see anything in particular? Just ask! I think I might do a *question + answer* live Insta-story too– you know, to follow-up on conquering my fears 😉
Cheers friends. Wherever you are, whatever is happening, I hope you’re safe.