As I sit here typing this, I'm still kind of in shock. Other than a serious hurricane in Hawaii when I was in elementary school, I don't think I've ever experienced a disaster this intense.
This tree, snapped like a twig, is only a tiny indication of the tree damage in our area. A house only a few blocks away from us had a tree come straight through the upper floor.
In the days after the storm, we didn't know the extent of the damage, since we had no power, access to internet, or even cell phone reception. Two days after the storm, our local Dunkin Donuts opened and we spent the day there, warming up in the heat and charging our gadgets.
As I watched the local news there, I was shocked at how bad things were in other areas.
My grandparent's neighborhood was devastated and is still without power, almost two weeks later. Our power is thankfully back, but we have friends still out and another storm is expected to hit today.
Not to mention that Dunkin Donuts was completely out of donuts. Just to compound the disaster:)
We spent our days trying to stay warm in the house (but cute at the same time!)
And thankfully, my new scented candle obsession came in handy.
Things are still not back to normal (just for one, a utility broke on the New Jersey turnpike last night, causing me a 3 hour commute!) but are hopefully getting better, one day at a time.
In the meantime, I'm so glad I have this blog and Project Life. This storm reminded me of all the things I take for granted, and I don't want to forget that so easily.
Here's to new beginnings! Have YOU been affected by Sandy?