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So far, the neighborhood has been busy preparing for this storm. We’re all determined to stay aboard during the storm, with the young’uns encouraged by the 7-20 year boat veterans. We had trouble out of our generator last night and couldn’t get it to start, but after a night of rest and liberal applications of starter fluid, this morning it cranked right up. I never knew the sound of a generator would be so pleasing to someone who is generally only this excited by shoes and clothes.


We also winterized our water lines yesterday, with multiple trips to Home Depot, where we acquired two 30′ heat cables, eight tubes of insulation, and three rolls of Gorilla tape. This, we’re told, will keep the lines from freezing this winter. And yes, under all that black tape is a regular garden hose wrapped with a heating cable…pretty nifty!!


So far, it’s very calm, the water more so than normal. If we didn’t have all the warnings on the TV and Internet, I suspect we’d still know something was amiss, simply by the stillness of the water and air.



Three years ago my sister and I braved Snowmegeddon together in Alexandria. We stayed in the house only up to the point when we knew we wouldn’t die by stepping outside, and then proceeded to spend the next several days walking around the shuttered city. When we weren’t walking, we drove (the Jeep can go ANYWHERE…..almost), or rode our bikes (Jania was not especially skilled at this skill). The whole event was a blast.

Now, three years later, I understand we’re under the watchful eye of a Frankenstorm. Except this time, I live on a boat. I’m a little worried about how this will play out, but my neighbors are all confident and excited. I bribed one of them with stockpiled water in case I get scared and need to escape to the comfort zone of those who look forward to once-in-a-hundred-years event. We have secured a location for the poochie just in case we need to escape to my dads, but at this time, it looks like we’re going to see what Sandy has in store for us.

Great Blog Entry echoing a conversation I had with another family over this same type of bias.  Funny read!

Winning (Beating Mom).

We went for a walk around Alexandria today and found the prettiest decoratations. Then we came home and tried to make our own and that turned into a debacle. Rather than show pictures of Arts and Crafts Gone Awry, I’ll show pretty pictures of Alexandria decorations instead.

Version Francaise:
Aujourd’hui, nous nous somme promene dans Alexandria. La, nous avons trouv√© les plus belles decorations de Noel. Ensuite, nous somme rentre pour en fabriquer nous-meme. Cette parti de la journee est devenus un debacle. Donc, au lieu de montrer des photos de nos decorations, nous allons vous montrer des photos des decorations dans la partie de Old Town, Alexandria.

A pretty Magnolia leaf wreath. “Une jolie couronne de feuilles de Magnolia”.

Old Town, Alexandria street. “Une rue dans la plus vieille partie d’Alexandria; Old Town”.

Pretty wreath on a pretty gate. “Une belle couronne sur une belle porte”.

Fir-y garland. “Une guirlande de branche de sapin”.

Festive guard lions. “Des lions qui font la guarde avec un aire festive”.

Beachy wreath. “Une couronne qui viens de la plage”.

A dapper courtyard gentleman. “Un bustier de bonhomme festive”.

A beautifully detailed fruit window decoration. “Un beau melange d’originalite et de fruit”.

A storefront sidewalk wreath sale. “Vente de couronne sur le trottoir”.

Gold leaf apple wreath. “Couronne de pommes feuillete d’or”.

A beautiful $125 winter wreath. “Une belle couronne pour $125 dollars”.

I discovered a marvelous invention today. It came walking out from 7-11 in the hands of Jean-Marc, who had a smile on his face because he knew how elated I would be. It was a specially requested Slurpee, with Mountain Dew and Coke, but with a cup made with my obviously-not-unique tastes in mind. This Slurpee cup has a divider down the middle to allow two different types of Slurpee flavors. It is not simply a one-time-throwaway cup, but a washable bit of Slurpee paraphernalia. It also comes with a dual flanged straw which allows the consumption of both flavors simultaneously….or separately, depending on which mechanical setting you choose at the straw’s nerve-center. While still appreciated, my only recommendation to the Dual-Slurpee Cup inventors is to make a more user-friendly straw. While incredibly inventive, the large plastic straws prevent me from slurping up as much Slurpee as possible at any given time. Smaller, more pliable ones, would be most appreciated. Still, what a splendiscious (splendid and delicious) Sunday!!!