So anyway, Eliana and I had a Halloween party!
|So if you know anything about Game of Thrones, you know that Daenerys Targaryen is the mother of dragons. Therefore, Eliana dressed up as a dragon.|
|My dragon trying to eat me?|
|Trying really hard to pose for a serious picture|
|...our best attempt at an in-character picture. This is who we are, people.|
|Hanna dressed as a Freudian Slip. GET IT? I love this costume.|
|Sam and Patrick. not sure what's happening here...|
|David (who is maybe dressed as Ira Glass?) and Sarah, dressed as Flo from the Progressive commercials!|
|Chioma (dressed as a witch, even though you can't see the top of her hat) and me!|
|Rachel and Mikey aka Wendy and Peter Pan!|
That was Friday night. And then came...Sandy. All day Saturday, all my family members were calling, texting, and e-mailing to make sure I was prepared. Eliana (my roommate), who is a born-and-raised New Yorker, p'shawed. "It'll just rain a little bit." I agreed with her, but I was also a little anxious. So I stocked up on bottled water, SPAM, and triple-A's, just in case. Sunday is when the rain started and when NYU canceled class. Of course, I was psyched. By the end of Monday (having been INCREDIBLY unproductive due to canceled school), I was getting a little bored. Well, Sandy took care of that! I live in lower Manhattan, so around 8:30 Monday night, we lost power. Naturally, our immediate reaction was to build a blanket fort.
|Sign on the door to the emergency exit in my dorm.|
|Our rations during the blackout.|
|Only I would make a salad in the middle of a blackout. (Gotta eat those veggies/cheeses before they spoil!)|
|Ensuring everyone that I was okay and safe in my blanket fort.|
|"I'm ready for the lights to come back."|
The next day, after it stopped raining, we ventured out to see what we could see. Here are some Hurricane Sandy pictures.
|Stoplights were out.|
|Only a few intersections had traffic cops. New Yorkers seemed to be driving civilly, though (for the first time ever).|
|Working on the subway|
|The entire facade was ripped off|
|Below the facade-less building|
|The small yellow taped-up sign says "Cell Phone Charging"|
|Lots of downed limbs everywhere|
Tuesday night, when told to evacuate, instead of squatting in the student center, we high-tailed it out to Queens to Eliana's home! (Although, Alec Baldwin did visit the refugees staying in the student center. But showers and sleeping in a bed beats Alec Baldwin, I must say.) We ate a lot of junk food, watched a lot of Friends, and I saw Star Wars (Episode IV) for the first time (I KNOW, HOW HAD I NOT SEEN IT BEFORE). We had a nice, long Sandycation, but I must say, I was glad to get back to normal life.
I am proud to say I survived my first hurricane! I was very fortunate to not be all that affected by the storm, unlike a lot of other New Yorkers, who have lost their homes. I highly encourage all of you to help in any way you can! Feminspire.com posted a fantastic list of ways you can lend a hand here: http://feminspire.com/how-you-can-help-victims-of-superstorm-sandy/.
Stay warm, everyone! A "nor'easter" (I still don't understand what this means, even after having it explained to me several times and comprehensively scanning the Wikipedia page. IT JUST SEEMS LIKE A BLIZZARD TO ME.) has hit us, and it is fierce. This Little Bitty is not accustomed to all this extreme East Coast weather. Throw a tornado my way, I am a champ. But hurricanes and nor'easters? I haven't got a clue.