I remember this time last year when I decided to start up
this 30 Days of Thanks blog/Twitter challenge – it was just before the massive storm
we’ve since named Snowtober hit, rendering many of us in CT powerless for a
week and buried in snow two months before it is acceptable. In those first few
days of the challenge, I thought it would be hard to come up with things that I
was thankful for, but actually, it was easier. We had a place to stay at my
in-laws’ house. I had an employer that was reasonable about canceling work.
Jane went to a daycare that miraculously retained power and remained open,
giving her days some level of normalcy. Mostly I was thankful for spotting a
Connecticut Light and Power truck in our neighborhood after several days in the
And now that the project is starting up again, we are
recovering from Hurricane Sandy, another freak, massive storm that has
absolutely wrecked our neighbors in southern Connecticut, New York City and New
Jersey. We were incredibly lucky this time – although it was the scariest storm
I’ve ever experienced in terms of wind and rattling windows and bending trees,
we never lost power (I think this has something to do with the fact that we
bought an expensive generator and argued all day Sunday while Greg was setting
it up. We have a theory that the power will never go out again – and if this is
true, it was the best money we ever spent.). We were safe, we were warm, we had
running water, lights, and a diet of Halloween candy and the scary-ass news we
could watch on TV that day (I clocked in about 15 hours of news on Monday. I
think my heart is STILL pounding from the nerves.).
My in-laws’ house, which is right on the water, miraculously
was not damaged – which is amazing, since so many homes and businesses in their
area were flooded out, including a cottage they own right down the street. Our
boat is just fine, as Greg moved it from the marina it is docked at during the
summer to its winter home. Lucky for that, too, because our summer marina in
Old Saybrook took a beating.
My friends in New Jersey and New York are safe. Powerless,
It’s easy to say what I’m thankful on this first of 30 Days
of Thanks.Of course I am grateful our
STUFF made it through this storm OK, but far more importantly I am so thankful
WE did. Me, and my East Coast family and friends. We’re OK. We’re good.
What are you thankful for today? If you're tweeting, don't forget to hashtag #30DaysofThanks : )
I am a 30-something who loves life, who is passionate about my family, friends, dogs, theater, writing, reading, pop culture and hearing other people's stories. I think laughing is about the best thing in the world, and I would love to either live a) at the beach or b) in a bookstore. Maybe a bookstore at the beach? I'm a tomboy who loves glitter, I think caffeine is a gift from heaven, and love the fact that my daughter is as sassy as she is, even though her drama queen tendencies often remind me of her mother. What?