Last weekend was all kinds of crazy. Dave ran the Marine Corps Marathon and then we got hit by Hurricane Sandy.
Well, I guess when you put it that way really only two things happened. But it was all the little stuff that made it all kinds of crazy. And little stuff demands a list.
Be prepared for my Totally Randomly Epic Recap of a Marathon and Hurricane Weekend presented in Totally Randomly Epic Order (using bullet points).
- My husband kicks ass. He set a goal to run the Marine Corps Marathon in 3:30. His official time was 3:30:08.
- Driving down the George Washington Parkway makes me happy because of all the beautiful trees and views across the Potomac.
- Staying in Alexandria, Virginia was not as far from the start line as we had feared.
- I have never driven around the freeways of MD/DC/VA without getting lost. Never. It happens at least once every time I’m on them.
- When you stay in an older hotel, always bring your phone into the bathroom so you can leave updates like this on Facebook:
- Sidenote: I evidently have a thing with doorknobs.
- Emma gets super whiny when she’s asked to stand outside for a really long time when it’s cold and windy. Unless you give her a camera, then she’s happy for a bit. But you might not like what you find when you download the pictures.
- Let Jacob play his DSi, and he will pretty much stand anywhere, in any weather, for any length of time.
- I was in worse shape hours after the marathon than Dave was. I napped, he didn’t.
- It’s a weird sensation, sitting around in a hotel room wondering if you should spend one more night based on whether or not they close the kids school because of a hurricane.
- George Washington Parkway is not as beautiful when you are worried the trees may spontaneously fall on you at any time.
- Our flashlights stink.
- When the power went out, it probably wasn’t the best decision to go out to eat. The power went out there, too, and we were a little worried we wouldn’t be able to pay since we only had a credit card.
- We didn’t prepare very much for a big storm and we were a little stuck when it came to options. We didn’t have cash, we didn’t buy ice, we just sort of winged it.
- When the weather man tells you to prepare for a big storm, you need to listen. Every time, no exceptions. The worst that could happen is that you have a lot of cash and too many non-perishable food items.
- It’s hard to read by candlelight. Dave figured he never would have made it in colonial times. I never learned needlepoint or how to play the harpsichord so I’m not sure I would have fared much better.
- It doesn’t matter if you think a tree won’t fall. Mother Nature doesn’t care what you think.
- This is our 2nd hurricane since we’ve lived here. Sandy was definitely worse than Irene for us. We didn’t have half the devastation that coastal towns had, but I can honestly say that I will never forget the sound of that wind. Ever.
- In Emma’s words “Hurricanes are dumb”.