As of the Sunday before the wedding, no one even suspected that a hurricane was on it's way. But by the time I was at work on Monday everyone knew that Isaac was on it's way. Monday at work was a blur, with everyone pulling up NOAA's hurricane tracking trying to figure out just exactly we would be hit (it was looking like Tuesday night), and when if at all, we'd be closing the office for the hurricane.
I took an early lunch because I needed to stop at Michael's and if there were closing early. Thankfully they were still open when I went by. They had moved all of they normal sale items indoors and had covered most of the glass window panes with metal paneling. Surprisingly there were quite a few people inside Michael's, I guess people just needed to pick up their emergency craft supplies. But I managed to pick up boxes for the groomsmen's gifts, wrapping paper, and coloring books and crayons to add to the flower girl & ring bearer gifts before heading back to work.
Finally around 4pm our office sent out an e-mail saying that we would be open on Tuesday but we'd be closing early. That is, early for those that normally worked till 8:30 pm, since we'd be closing at 5pm. Although since I normally leave a 5pm anyway, it didn't really impact me.
On the way home from work I stopped off at Target for yet another errand, this time picking up wrapping paper for our card box, which was half assembled and needed more of the matching paper. Target was pretty much gutted of necessities at this point, but I managed to pick up a few things, mainly a loaf of cheese focaccia (basically the only bread left in the store), a box of granola bars, and a bag of potato chips.
My dad was actually already in town at this point. He had flown in a week before the wedding and was planning on doing tourist-y things much of the time. He actually planed to be in Grand Isle Monday night, except Grand Isle was under evacuation, so instead, my dad was already waiting for me at the house when I got home.
And once I was there I went through a few more hurricane preparations. I filled up as many water bottles as I could find and threw them in the fridge. I started a load of laundry. And I started printing anything I could think of for the wedding, mainly copies of the wedding day schedule, copies of the ceremony, and pages of the program. I knew with Hurricane Gustav we were out of power for almost a week, and if something similar happened with Isaac, Monday night could be the last night I'd have with a printer before the wedding. And since you must be wondering, in all this madness my hair dresser did call me to officially cancel our Wednesday appointment.
If you were having to prepare for a hurricane what necessities would you pick up before the storm? (I'm guessing I was probably the only one at Target that day buying wrapping paper hours before a hurricane.)
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