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Prepping for Blizzard

Superbowl? What Superbowl? The only thing on the news now is #Blizzardof2015. I refuse to call it Juno! I hate this practice of giving every major storm some ridiculous human-sounding name. If it’s so memorable, I think the year will do, a la the Blizzard of ’78. 

{ rant over }

Seen from space: already pretty astounding (courtesy
Seen from space: already pretty astounding (courtesy

We’ve had some pretty good storms since we moved into our house four years ago. And poor Mark has done the lion’s share of the digging, because I’ve been throwing up (morning sick), breastfeeding a newborn, or entertaining a toddler whose new trick is doing the worm backwards across the floor while yelling “wow, wow, wow!” every morning. Pray for my sanity.

Georgia: she was born ready.
Georgia: she was born ready.

How we prepare for big storms

  • Fill the gas tank in the car
  • Run the laundry in case the dryer vent is blocked for a few days
  • Put the shovels, gloves, hats and boots on the porch
  • Put ice melt on the front steps and sidewalk
  • Clean out (or, in our case, repair) the gutters
  • Put away the grill (as I’m sure everyone else did in October)
  • …unless you have an electric stove, in which case keep it handy in case you need it to cook
  • Buy batteries, candles/lighters, toilet paper and cat litter (both for her highness, and to coat the ice)
  • Fill any prescription medications or even over-the-counter necessities like infant Tylenol or Aleve for sore backs after shoveling
  • Stock up on bottled water, granola bars, fresh & dried fruit, peanut butter, english muffins, crackers, jam and canned goods like baked beans and veggies that don’t need refrigeration
  • Bring the summer cooler inside or onto the porch in case you need to store perishables when the power goes out
  • Keep an extra cell phone charger in the car as backup
  • Get out the snow shoes or cross country skis for post-storm transportation!

Mark and I are both born and raised in New England, so this is old hat for us. I grew up with a circular driveway and literally nothing, even our long tandem drive in Somerville, can compare to shoveling that torture. Our biggest issue now is living on a steep hill in a city where most people park on the street, so after a big storm like this it can be impossible to get out of the driveway for a few days. But I feel so lucky to even HAVE a driveway after parking on street for 10 years.

What we eat during the storm

I pre-cook dinners that can be eaten with or without power and taste good at room temp. A favorite example of this is my meat-free shepherd’s pie. We stocked up on whole milk for Georgia, and I’ve never been so glad to have our days of formula behind us. Even if we lose power, it’ll be cold enough to store the milk on the back porch for a few days. Then, we have a snow day tradition of pancakes, coffee and scrambled eggs! Our favorite mix is from Trader Joe’s (no surprise there):

Gone are the days when a 6-pack and a bottle of wine were our top must-haves for a snow day, but I can reminisce…and maybe sneak a sip or two after bedtime. If we don’t lose power, I’ll be working remotely and firing up the DVR, which we’ve loaded already in anticipation. I need to catch up on Downtown Abbey, people!

Stay safe, everyone!
Stay safe, everyone!

Our upcoming trip to Florida is starting to look twice as appealing all of a sudden. Keep warm, respect the travel ban, don’t over-exert yourself shoveling too much at one time, help your neighbors, and if all else fails, spend the day in PJs under a blanket fort 🙂


4 thoughts on “Prepping for Blizzard

  1. Love the advice 🙂 With no school tomorrow, I am looking forward to bundling up and braving the storm at home. Good luck with the snow wherever in New England you are situated! {I am in MA}


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