Definitely not the first- nor the last- to make that joke! But what a weekend for us East Coasters, right?
My Friday was supposed to begin on campus, re-memorizing the Periodic Table and data analysis, but my body had other ideas.
I never get sick. The last time I remember being really sick was my Sophmore year of college… I was too sick to leave my room, so I made a plea for Nyquill on the whiteboard outside my door. Anyway, I must have had some kind of 24 hour flu or something because I couldn’t even stand up without feeling really dizzy. So I stayed home and slept until 5.
When I woke up, I heard about all of the emergency precautions people were taking in light of Hurricane Irene, so I dragged myself to outside, stopping first for a large Supa Dupa Greens at Juice Generation (for nutrients, not magical healing powers)…
… followed by a confusing trip to the grocery store. Half the neighborhood had the same idea, and was stocking up on canned goods, bottles of water, and cases and cases of beer. I was still feeling pretty dizzy and didn’t have much of an appetite, so I just grabbed a few random things I thought I might be hungry for over the course of the weekend.
SHOPPING FOR IRENE
- 2 heads of Boston lettuce
- 3 large bottles of water
- 2 cartons of almond milk
- 1 large cup of lentil soup (from Juice Generation)
- 1 can of chickpeas
- 1 package of mozzarella
- 1 block of tofu
- 1 tub of hummus
- 4 apples
Many bland meals followed…
… and a lot of melty tomato/mozzarella sandwiches were made Classic, but it ain’t going outta style.
The most eventful part of Irene’s anticipation was getting stuck in the elevator on Saturday morning… and thank goodness I was able to get out, because the elevator remained open on my floor for the next 24 hours.
Trapped in the apartment waiting out the storm, I did a little damage in Capeside with the first season of Dawson’s Creek… and knowing I watched it when it was on-air (over a decade ago!) makes me laugh. I also started an excellent new book, which I’ve almost finished (thanks to several more hours-long tub sessions.
Sunday morning, braving the freight elevator, I went out to assess the damage.
… and a lot of wind. Most alarmingly, however, was being unable to find a single place opened for an iced coffee.
As much as I joke about the precautions the city took to ready us for disaster, I’m glad we were all over rather than underprepared. And as far as I know right now, there hasn’t been too much devastation due to the storm (although many were evacuated from their homes early on Saturday morning).
And this way, I had a little extra time to get ready for the week!
Roasted up a bunch of veggies to keep in the fridge for easy lunch-packing. Curried carrots (follow the recipes and just swap carrots) and extra-salty Brussels sprouts…
Simple Baked Tofu… the texture was perfect this time. I think lining the baking sheets with parchment helps!
And I had time to catch up on the reading for the classes I missed on Friday.
Still, I am more than ready to get out of the apartment. 72 hours of house arrest isn’t good for anyone!
I haven’t been doing so well with my one-new-recipe-a-week challenge lately; the last few weeks have been a little crazy with travel and everything else, but I’ve recommitted myself and will finish the year out strong!
Week 2: Lentil Chili
Week 7: Curried Parsnip Fries
Week 8: Curried Lentils & Sweet Potatoes
Week 13: Grilled Cheddar-Mushroom Sandwich
Week 15: Green Rice
Week 19: Chopped Kale w/ Hot Pepper Vinegar
Week 27: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Week 28: Choco-holic Pancakes
Week 29: Green Israeli Couscous Salad
Week 32: (Modified) Tomato Salad on a Roll
Week 33: None
Week 34: None
Week 35: Pappardelle with Spiced Butter
How did you survive Irene? What’s on your Armageddon grocery list?