Wow. I am so lucky to have been relatively outside of the harm of the hurricane’s effects. Central Brooklyn was relatively unscathed on the surface, though, I’m sure there are people who are going to have long term consequences from lost wages. There, again, I am lucky to be a Nurse, a profession for which there is more demand during this time.
My car is parked and I have a quarter tank since I made several trips to drive coworkers home earlier this week. I am going to not drive for as long as possible to preserve that little bit just in case. I have no real need to wait on a 5 hour line to get gas!
Yesterday I biked to and from work, about 12 miles. Previously I was only biking to the Bedford L train, parking my bike, and taking the train 1 stop. The first time I rode the bridge last year I was cursing up a storm and felt so sick to my stomach from the effort. This time, since I had been riding more frequently for a few months, even though not regularly, I was able to ride the bridge without walking. I did take a break at the mid-landing though, but I was so proud to not have to walk! I even shouted out to a bike-walker “Come on! You can do it!” I am back to work Mon/Tues, and I look forward to giving it another go. Gotta do laundry so I have more warmth layers. 🙂 I also need to buy some silk long johns, and am hunting for good waterproof boots – kinda more for slushy winter wear than necessarily biking gear.
So, I am grateful I have the health to bike, the Nursing license to have been helpful at the hospital, the fuzzkids for keeping me sane, the warm roof over my head. I’m also grateful for facebook for keeping most of us in contact throughout these times.
I pray for Long Island and Jersey, where other members of my family are located, to be returned to something resembling normalcy soon. I pray for peace for those drastically effected by the destructive efforts of this storm. I pray for myself to live a more purposeful life, and be more productive. Life is short.