Stuff You Can't Do During Hurricane Irene's Visit

Hurricane Irene is still off in the distance.
Hurricane Irene is still off in the distance.

So You're Stuck Inside...

Do have an annoying family member named Irene that happens to visit at the worst possible time? If so, you can totally relate to everyone on the east coast and what we are experiencing. Hurricane Irene is like that annoying person that always visits when you least want her to do so.

This is the last weekend in August. For many of the kids out there, this is the last weekend to go out and have fun before returning to school. Many people had plans to do something fun during this last weekend in August. Some college students were supposed to move into their dorms and begin their new life in college. But no, old Irene had to come and visit. She had to ruin everyone's good time.

Now, everyone on the east coast is collecting food, batteries, flashlights, filling buckets and tubs with water, and gathering books to read if the electricity goes out. Books? What? Come on, Irene! Couldn't you have just gone out to the ocean and not bothered anyone? Some of us were going to the beach or going to parks today. But no, grumpy old Irene has to show up and now everyone has to board up their windows and hope they live through the weekend. The least Irene could have done was shown up during a work week. Then maybe some of us would have gotten a couple of days off.

In a previous hub, I took a serious approach and explained all the things you SHOULD be doing right now to prepare for Hurricane Irene. Since the hurricane is keeping everyone locked inside, I thought I would lighten the mood with a hub about the things you SHOULD NOT be doing while Hurricane Irene visits us this weekend. That is, unless my power goes out while I am writing this. If my electricity shuts off, you guys are on your own and need to find a new source of entertainment.

Flying a kite on the beach just can't happen today.
Flying a kite on the beach just can't happen today.

Go to the Beach

Yes, August is a great time to go to the beach, but no, no one is going to the beach in this weather. It is rainy and the wind is gusting here in Maryland, and that snot-nosed brat Irene still isn't even here yet. It looks like impending doom outside. Stupid Irene!

Fly a Kite

Flying a kite can be so much fun. Whenever it is pretty windy, that is the perfect time to fly a kite. However, you just can't do that when Category 1 Hurricane winds are blasting through. Your poor kite will break in a million pieces. For that matter, you might break into a million pieces, too. So don't forget - stay inside!

Start a Crockpot Meal

Mmmm... nothing is more delicious than a good, hot meal on a dreary day. Some nice stew or a soup would be perfect this weekend. The only problem is the electric will probably go out and stay out at some point today. Once the electric goes out, the news reporters are stating it will not come back on for days in most areas. It is impossible to start a delicious stew only to have your crockpot go off after 2 hours. Your poor stew will be in "crockpot limbo" and nothing will ever come of it. How depressing! Plan ahead and make sure to have plenty of food on hand that does not need to be refrigerated or cooked.

Go Shopping for Batteries, Flashlights, or Food

Sounds as if customers have totally wiped out the stores. As it turns out, I am an overly cautious person, and that means I bought everything I needed Wednesday night. I am a little low on batteries, but I heard there haven't been batteries or flashlights in any stores for about 24 hours now. So if you are a last minute shopper, sorry pal.

Perhaps you can still get some matches and candles. If not, dig around for some of those old Christmas candles from past years. Sure your home will smell like Christmas wreaths and Christmas Cookies, but there will be light!

Start Watching a Long Series of Movies

For this weekend, unless you have a generator, you may want to stick to watching short movies or just catching up on some television shows. This is not the weekend to decide you are going to watch every Harry Potter movie back to back since your electric will probably go out long before Harry ever figures out what is going on with Lord Voldemort. You can, however, READ the Harry Potter series. I highly recommend that anyway, even if your electric stays on.

Take a Long Peaceful Walk

Who doesn't enjoy a good scenic walk every now and then? It can be so peaceful and really help you put your thoughts together. However, if a hurricane is about to come your way, you may want to postpone that journey. I know there are plenty of fun photos you can take along your walk, but it is not worth it. Your life is worth more than getting a cool photo for your Facebook page.

Don't forget, many regions are prone to having tornadoes in this type of weather. You do not want to experience that while outside. You are not Dorothy and this totally isn't Kansas.

Get Any Real Sleep

Some people can sleep through anything. Good for you if you are one of those people. Many of us cannot sleep during horrifying winds and rain slamming against the window. This storm is going to hit many states during the middle of the night. Even if you are a heavy sleeper, you may want to drink down some caffeine tonight. If you need to evacuate, you'd better be awake for it. So focus on your beauty sleep next week and stay awake tonight. Chances are, you won't be able to sleep once Irene starts knocking on your windows and doors anyway. Irene is just annoying like that.

Best Wishes to You

If you are going through this experience with me right now, thanks for reading. I hope you still have your electric and you are not reading this using a battery operated laptop. Seriously, you should be saving those batteries since you never know when the electric will come back on. Remember to stay observant and be on your toes during Hurricane Irene's visit to your state. Eventually she will go away just like anyone else that annoys us. Irene is just taking her time for now.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

They've evacuated parts of NJ and New York City, even. Yikes! This Irene is a real party pooper!


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Quilligrapher 5 years ago from New York

I just went through a list of tips for surviving hurricane Irene. I was feeling really confident about being prepared until I got to the end. The last suggestion was "yell for help."


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Paradise7 - Yes, Irene really knows how to ruin a weekend. If this had of been a Monday, I could have accepted it a little better since every Monday is terrible anyway, but Irene is just unacceptable for weekend visits.

Quilligrapher - Haha... I guess when all else fails, yelling for help is all you have left. Irene needs to hurry up and get out of town. I can't believe what a slow hurricane she is.

Thank you both for your comments!


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nycgrl 5 years ago from New York

She is super slow...exactly like an annoying relative that won't take the hint and overstays her welcome. Only moving at 13mph which is ridiculously slow for a hurricane. Pouring rain up here in NYC and we will be getting worst starting middle of the night so you're right, there will be barely any sleeping this weekend. As tired as I already am (stayed up till 2am last night prepping the place and cooking tons of food) I won't be able to sleep at all from worry tonight. And if the power goes out sometime tomorrow, won't be able to sleep in the heat. I am just glad that by next weekend for Labor Day it will all be normal and I will get a nice long vacation from both work and Irene.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Yes, she is so extremely slow. The last I heard, the weather forecasters were excited because Irene has picked up the pace and she is moving 14 mph. Ohhhh.... ahhhh... seriously, I could walk faster than that. She needs to get moving. She is a slow, annoying hurricane. Everyone is saying that is why she can cause so much damage - the problem is the slow speed. So far, two of my cousins have had trees go down in their yards. Hopefully, it won't get much worse than that, but it really has just started. You and I have to just look forward to next weekend. Can't wait for this to end! Oh, and thanks for the comment!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

We are just starting to get more of Irene's wind and rain now . Even though she has been down graded to a tropical storm she still has a good punch still left in her .


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Yes, I know what you mean. I can think of quite a few no-so-nice words to describe Irene, but I won't. I can't believe the strength of those winds. I thought my windows would surely blow out last night. The winds are still pretty strong, but not as bad as they were. Good luck to you and stay safe!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Jeannie, thanks for delivering this well-anticipated hub!!! Hopefully you made it through without too many problems! I've been watching quite a bit of it on the news.

Cloverleaf


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks for reading and for the comment, Cloverleaf. I am so glad it is all over. It was a scary night full of leaky windows and horrible booming sounds from the wind, but it is out of Maryland now. If I never experience another hurricane again I will be a happy camper.

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