This has been one of the more surreal weeks in recent memory. We spent Sunday and Monday holed up in our apartment riding out Hurricane Sandy, and most of Tuesday assessing the situation. The situation for us wasn’t so bad, which we are very grateful for. We had no damage, no flooding, no loss of power. The biggest issue we faced was getting Drew to work in Manhattan with a paralyzed transit system (he took Monday and Tuesday off, and then walked seven miles to work on Wednesday and has been camped out in a hotel near work since).
It’s been nothing but surreal to be in a neighborhood that was so minimally affected by the storm — which we are very grateful for — and see the devastation in other parts of the city. Everything is business as usual around here, save for the traffic pile-up and the helicopters overheard taking aerial shots of the madness. Lots of people are staying home from work and filling up our local coffee shops and restaurants like it’s the weekend or that week between Christmas and New Year’s when everyone’s enjoying a few days off. It’s just so weird though because this obviously isn’t a holiday week and so many of our friends, family, and fellow New Yorkers are suffering…
And then there was Halloween in the middle of this strange week which, in my neighborhood anyway, was celebrated. Seeing all the little kids dressed up in their costumes amid fallen trees and debris lifted a lot of spirits. And it was the first time I experienced trick-or-treating as a parent, which was pretty fun (for the record, “trick-or-treating” with a 1-year-old is more about strolling the streets in costume than collecting candy he can’t eat). I dressed Jackson in a Kermit get-up (see photo above) and took him to a party at a local pre-school/ community play space and then we met up with a friend and her 1-year-old who was dressed as a cat and walked around the neighborhood for a bit.
Did you do anything for Halloween?
Oh, and by the way, big thanks to all of you who signed up for Fab.com through my referral link after I recommended it last week. You helped me earn two months of free shipping and enough site credit to do some of my Christmas shopping for free. Thank you!! Now I don’t have to ask Drew for money to buy his holiday gifts (this is a topic I have been meaning to write about and need to remind myself to get to it soon. The personal finances of a SAHM is something I haven’t seen talked about much, but it is so rife with … emotion and tension. I want to share my thoughts and experience and hear how others deal with it).
And thanks for shopping Amazon though my affiliate link. I’ve started featuring some of my favorite Amazon finds in the ad in the top right corner of the side bar, which is also attached to my affiliate link. I’ll be changing these items all the time, but just so you know, everything pictured in the ad is selected and recommended by me, including this Orla Kiely diaper bag which happens to be the diaper bag I use (given as a gift for my 35th birthday from Drew, just a few weeks before Jackson was born). It’s a little on the pricey side, but it’s beautiful, completely functional – it even comes with a full changing mat in the bottom zipper section, roomy, and not at all matronly (most people assume it’s a handbag). It makes a great baby shower gift for someone you don’t mind dropping a little money on, like a sister, best friend, daughter or wife.
By the way, I’ve noticed that a lot of people ask about gift ideas in the forums and since a big part of relationships and friendships is navigating the whole gift-giving scene, I’m going to start incorporating occasional gift guides into the content here. If there’s a particular occasion or type of relationship you’d like to see covered, let me know!
Ok, that’s it for this week. I’m looking forward to Drew getting home in a few hours and starting the weekend. Here’s hoping things are a little more back to normal next week. My thoughts and prayers are definitely with those most affected by the hurricane. To easily make a $10 donation to the Red Cross, text REDCROSS to 90999.
How was your week?