I was having a conversation with my mom yesterday about the contingency plans she and my brother had regarding today's snowstorm. My mom is a nurse at a well known university and was working last night (having to drive home in the storm). My brother, who is a biomedical engineer assigned to the tristate area plus parts of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, was scheduled to be in Cape Cod this week. (In case you are curious, Mom got out of work two hours earlier since the day shift was required to show up early. And, my brother did not have to attempt travel to the Cape.)
The conversation turned towards food supplies. When she found out that I had one lonely loaf of bread, she was incredulous! Here was the general conversation....
Mom, practically screaming...."Only ONE loaf of bread?!?!"
Me: "Ummm, yeah."
Mom: "What if the kids want sandwiches? French Toast?"
Me: "I think we will be okay. Besides, I have croissants, and English muffins, half a loaf of Jewish rye, and a LOT of crackers. Plus I could actually BAKE bread if I need it that bad."
Mom: "But don't you need more bread from the store?"
LOL. No Mom, I don't think we are going to starve!
After that conversation, imagine what she said this morning to me (I asked her to call me when she got home safely) when she found out that I have FOUR children in the house instead of just my TWO! Hahaha!
To her credit, there actually WAS a food shortage back in the Blizzard of '78. I was only 7 and only remember how much FUN that snow was! I wasn't a parent worrying about the fact that supplies couldn't reach the grocery stores because the state was essentially crippled for a week.
And, if I'm not completely mistaken (which I may be), I *think* the whole "gotta go buy the bread and milk" stuff began from that 1978 blizzard!
I wasn't pulling my mom's leg about the extra mouths to feed. I DO have two extra kiddos for this blizzardy snowed in day! G1 asked if Ramsey could come yesterday afternoon and stay for the duration - which is good since we can put him to work with Papa clearing the snow! =) And, then G2 asked to have her BFF sleepover too. As Papa put it when I ran it by him, "Does it even matter after you add one extra person?" G2's BFF is practically my third child anyway and, well, Ramsey is fast becoming part of the family too so it doesn't matter all that much to have them here.
As for the snow...
The weathermen are calling for a few hours of possible rain to mix in later but it only lowered my area of the state's overall prediction a tad - we were downgraded from 15 to 25 inches to now 12 to 24 inches. BUT, now that snow is going to be super saturated and heavy due to any rain we get. Lovely right? Winds are supposed to still be brutal and high so the threat of power outages still loom over us. I have no idea if there will be school tomorrow.
It's 10am and everyone but G2 and me are still sleeping! Once they wake up, I will make sure everyone is fed and is charging their phones! I also charged three portable phone charges overnight should we lose power because, hey, I know how teenagers are with their phones! LOL I'm hoping to talk at least half of the crew here into a game of Monopoly which I think could be a lot of fun with this many people. And, much to what will be Ramsey's delight, I will let him start a fire - he's been itching to start one since last night! =)
Well, I'm off to clean the kitchen and then pull something out of the freezer for dinner tonight....I'm thinking a nice roast chicken could hit the spot today.....Fingers crossed we keep power!
Have a great and safe Tuesday everyone!