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Hurricane Sandy - Twice in One Week & Getting Back on Track!!...

Sunday, November 04, 2012

I am going to begin with a really cool video I took when the first high tide occurred on the Chesapeake Bay as Hurricane Sandy stormed through. Because we were on the left side of the eye, the first high tide was sucked out to sea. (I am not sure how to move the video to another area in this blog - sorry!) I am hoping this video works, it's pretty cool to watch...

SO - Sorry I haven't been on to blog lately, here is an update...

I enjoyed Jamaica immensely. It was ssooo relaxing. My husband and I went with my BFF and her husband - we were all celebrating our 25th wedding anniversaries. We stayed at Secrets St James. It was very nice. The food was fantastic. I managed to run four mornings while I was there. We ate a lot, drank a lot, danced a lot, and swam a lot! We even swam with two dolphins which was a totally awesome experience! I held on to their fins and they pulled me all around. I then floated on my stomach with my feet flexed and they swam under and put their noses under my feet and lifted me so I stood up and they took me for a ride that way! I also got a kiss, sang and danced with them! We all had a blast!

We went to the Margariteville in Montego Bay. That was really cool. They had a huge slide going down two stories then it shot out into the bay. They had an inflatable obstacle course.

I went down the big slide. I climbed up on everything. I even climbed up the steps to the tall slide which was quite a workout in itself. I am scared of heights, so I didn't go down the slide - I climbed back down the steps! The round ball was a lot of fun. The handles were ripped out so it took a while to climb up on it, but we did. We then sat on the four seats and bounced all over the place. My husband made sure we were spinning! He is such a kid sometimes! I was really proud of myself! I would never have had the guts to do all of the above two years ago!

The day before we left Jamaica Hurricane Sandy hit. I must say that the Jamaicans worked very hard to get ready for it. They boarded up glass doors, cut the coconuts off all the trees, put all the lawn and pool furniture away, etc. Secrets was very organized and held meetings for us ahead of the storm. One of the heads of the whole organization flew in the night before the storm. We could stay in a ballroom or our hotel room. The ballroom had entertainment, food and drinks. We ate there and then went back to the lobby bar for the duration of the storm. The storm wasn't that bad on that side of the island - the other side got hit bad. Secrets gave every guest a gift certificate for 3 days/2 nights free! It wasn't even their fault! We will be going back for a little trip next Spring!

Here is the sunset the night before Hurricane Sandy hit Jamaica...

So, we flew back up the next day (passing Sandy) just in time for her to hit the North East Coast. Yes, I got to enjoy this Hurricane twice in one week!

Friday we got our house ready (we live on the Chesapeake Bay). Saturday we got our business property ready (which is in Delaware). Sunday my parents were evacuated from their home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. They came and stayed with us. Rehoboth was supposed to get the brunt of the storm.

Here is a picture of the river as the storm starts...

Here is one of the second high tide - we are thankful it did not go over the bulkhead or flood the streets...

We only lost power for five minutes during the whole storm! I had made two Rachael Ray crock pot recipes on Sunday (Seafood Stew and Mexican Chicken Tacos). They were both really yummy and low cal!

My parents found out that their town lost power all night and their streets were all flooded so they stayed with us until Tuesday afternoon. When they got home Tuesday night, the water was up to their step, but never got in their house.

Wednesday night we watched the news and were stunned at how much damage Sandy did in New Jersey and New York. We thanked God we were spared, but have lots of friends up there and our hearts go out to them. Quite a few own small businesses and received no income last week. Many, as of today, still have no power. A neighbor took gas and a generator to her parents home Friday. They have a big tree laying in the middle of their roof! My friend and her husband said it was too big for them to cut down.

Needless to say. between my Jamaican vacation and the drama of Hurricane Sandy I am thrown off track! As I walked Roxy this morning, I acknowledged that I have to get my butt back in gear with consistency!! I need to get back to being consistent with running - I did not run at all this past week :( and did not track my food each day. I couldn't track it in Jamaica (no wifi), but I certainly could have done it when I came back. Yes, there was a lot to do, but, I use my iPhone to track so I have no excuse! So, now I need to get off of the computer and go running!!

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    As I readied for the hurricane and the Nor'easter I prayed for you all. I didn't know if you were hard hit or not. It is hard to imagine it is the 15th of November and some still are without power.
    1987 days ago
    Happy Anniversary! So glad you and your family were safe. Sounds like such an awesome vacation! You'll be back on track in no time, if not already! What an event to experience the same storm twice in 1 week! Again, glad you are safe and sound!
    1996 days ago
    Glad you've made it safely through the same storm twice over. How often does that happen to someone.
    The video of the ocean is most interesting. A unique sight to see the tide being pulled out to sea like that.
    Sounds like the vacation was fabulous and now you get to look forward to another visit in the spring. Wow.
    Those inflatables in the water look like fun. We had a similar set up out here in a mountain lake. I didn't see many people on the equipment but what you need to know is that the water is super cold as its a deep lake fed by glacial snow.
    1997 days ago
    I'm glad that you're home and safe!
    Sounds like quite the experience that you went through 2 times. Up in Montreal, we lost power for a couple of hours when the hurricane arrived in NJ! so imagine how big that was!!
    funny how we think alike, i also prepared for the storm with a couple crock-pot recipes... just in case we needed food for a few days!
    I hope Roxy was ok in all of this, I know my puppy was traumatized...
    1997 days ago
    Cool video! Glad you did okay during the storm. By the way, we have 2 boston terriers - Barney and Bitsy.
    1997 days ago
  • HICIM705
    Thrown off track is an understatement!!! I have to get back on track as well ... I'm from NW NJ - we didn't have the damage that they had at the shore, but I have friends still without power. My heart goes out to all of those in the path of Sandy's wrath.
    1997 days ago
  • NEWNAC304
    Your vacation sounds wonderful inspite of the storm. I'm glad you and your family are safe.
    1998 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Jamaica, and that your hotel really knew how to care about it's customers. So glad you and your home were safe during Sandy, as well as your parent's house. The video was pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing it.
    1998 days ago
    The video was amazing. I spend alot of time on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake and can imagine how eerie that would be. Sounds like you had a fun trip too. Hope the storms stay far away.
    1998 days ago
    Thank you for sharing the video!
    I'm glad you and your family were safe at Jamaica, during your trip back and at home.
    1998 days ago
    Glad to hear that you and your family made it thought the storm. Stay safe and I will continue to keep the entire east coast in my prayers. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1998 days ago
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