My Real Life

October 28, 2012


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:00 am

I’m writing this on Saturday morning, but you will be reading it on Sunday…right before what is supposed to be  “Frankenstorm.”

After the debacle of losing our basement during Hurricane Irene last fall, I’d be lying if I said that Real Man and I aren’t really nervous about the impending storm.

The difference is, this year, we have a generator.

Now, there is always the possibility, the very real possibility since they are saying this is “The Perfect Storm,” that, even with the generator, the sump pump won’t be able to keep up with the water.

And that would stink.

Still, the generator does provide some feelings of comfort as we prep for the storm, and we are all feeling good about it.

Well, almost all of us.

Monkey Girl is disgusted with the whole generator business.

She loved having no power and having everyone sleep in sleeping bags on our bedroom floor and using candles for light and going to Grandpa’s to shower and having to eat out when we ran out of non-perishable food.

She truly saw it as an awesome adventure, which is a fantastic thing.

I hope she views all of her hardships and obstacles in life as awesome adventures.

For now, though, we could do without the stomping and eye-rolling and “this storm isn’t even going to be any fun because of the stupid generator!”

Every time something on the news mentions the storm she gets up and says “But we’ll be fine, because we have a GENERATOR!” and leaves the room in a huff.

Real Man reminds me often that while still in the delivery room after finding out that Monkey Girl was, in fact, a girl, one of the first things I said to him was “Oh boy…the last thing you want in your house is an 11-year old girl.”

And while she has proven to be one of the greatest blessings of my life and I love her and her drama with all of my heart…

…there are days when I think I was right on the money.


  1. Monkey Girl and I have very much in common- I think I’d say the same thing!

    Comment by lizziegrigio — October 28, 2012 @ 9:02 am | Reply

    • LOL, Liz…not if you lost your entire basement to Hurricane Irene two months after you moved into your new house that you bought, in large part, due to the huge, finished basement. 🙁

      Comment by abozza — October 28, 2012 @ 11:30 am | Reply

  2. The generator is only needed for the sump pump (& be smart – get your hoses out & have them ready to start pumping away from the house now- & don’t rely on the sump alone….)

    Tell Monkey girl that everything can be unplugged and power can be off – anyway. Its the best part of the storm. I agree with her. BUT LOVE knowing food in the fridge/freezer is not at the mercy of the power company.

    Please move everything you want to save out of the basement. If nothing else – start propping the sofas on paint cans, etc….. Just in case. Anything of value – MOVE OUT.

    Let me know if you need anything. Although, something tells me you will be snuggling by the battery powered candles before the end of the night & listening to the storm shake the house.

    Good luck!

    Comment by Carla Corcoran — October 28, 2012 @ 11:07 am | Reply

    • Carla,
      We keep telling her that we have the generator to keep the sump going and to keep the fridge running. Other than that, we are perfectly happy to snuggle in the dark with the candles. Her response…”Yeah, it’s not the same.” 🙂

      Comment by abozza — October 28, 2012 @ 11:31 am | Reply

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