Hello Dear Friends and readers,
As you probably know, the East Coast is about to be pummeled by Hurricane Sandy. According to recent weather reports, we are not going to be hit quite as hard as we originally thought, but it does not matter so much that the eye of the storm isn't passing directly over us because, "the most severe weather will be on the side of the storm that's hitting [our state]." It's pretty definitive that our area is going to be hit by very strong gusts of wind, sustained over the next few days, as well as lots of rain and likely flooding. We live in a coastal town, although we are about a mile away from shore, so we're hoping not to have to be evacuated from our home. So far, some of our neighboring towns are in the process of evacuating people who reside in low-lying areas.
I may be offline for a couple of days, but we obviously won't have any way of knowing that until the storm hits. So if you don't hear from us for a while, it's likely because we've lost power/internet service or that we have been evacuated. (I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we aren't asked to evacuate.) I'll do my best to continue posting any comments that come my way, and I'm going to stay hooked up the internet for as long as possible. With any luck, we won't lose power, but at this point it seems likely that will happen.
This upcoming hurricane brought back memories from last year's Hurricane Irene, when NMIL used it to pretend she cared about us, long enough to break NC and send DH an email at work to let him know that she was "just a phone call away if we needed anything." DH and I have both been wondering what NMIL might try, if anything, in regards to this particular storm. I've come to learn that nothing is a guarantee with narcissists, and that the only thing you can really expect from them is the unexpected. Even in their games of manipulation, narcs tend to be unpredictable and unreliable. Now that we have ensured that any messages from DH's FOO get rejected from his work email, I'm not really sure what mode of communication they'll choose to continue their plays of forcing DH to listen to them. As with the coming storm, time will tell. Either they'll hit us, or they won't. We just have to prepare for the worse and hope that it passes us by without doing too much damage.
We're expecting the (weather) storm to start hitting us early tomorrow morning around 2:00 AM, with the worst hitting us from about noon on Monday until 8:00 AM on Tuesday. Honestly, my biggest concern at this point, besides NMIL and Co. trying to use this as a lame excuse to contact my husband, is the huge tree we have in front of our house. I remember last year, watching the limbs on that tree whipping around furiously, and being reminded of the tree that fell between our neighbor's house and ours in a much less severe storm in 2009. But the thing is that there really is no sense in worrying. Whether the tree comes down or not; whether NMIL contacts us or not, we have no control over either scenario, and we're as prepared as we can be for whatever may come.
Whatever happens, I'll be back online as soon as possible to let you know. Wish us luck!