Hey there! I hope your week is off to a positive start. Here in Fort Lauderdale we’re still without power as I’m writing this (Monday @ 7pm), but I’m feeling good that we’ve sustained very little damage from Hurricane Irma.
Adam, Cecil and I are at Adam’s parents house where they thankfully have a generator. The temps today in Fort Lauderdale were in the 90s with the “feels like” temp soaring to 105. I can’t imagine having to go without a/c and am so so so grateful that we have it even without power.
We’ve been over here since early Saturday morning. We turned their enclosed Florida room, which has its own a/c unit, into a little apartment complete with a bed and all of Cecil’s favorite things (cat nip and treats).
It took Cecil a day to adapt but then he settled right in.
The outerbands of Irma started hitting us Saturday evening, with the worst of the storm hitting us on Sunday. I think.
Honestly, my days are so discombobulated at this point. When I had my surgery the last week of August my schedule got throw off track and it hasn’t corrected itself since. To say I’m ready to get back into a routine is SUCH an understatement. For someone like me the craziness of the surgery, starting a new job and the storm all coming one right after the other is just a giant recipe for anxiety.
I’m hopeful that power at our house will come back in today so that we can at least go home. Adam was able to go over to our house on Monday morning and he said there wasn’t much damage. A tree split in half but luckily it didn’t hit us. A few small trees went down and of course there are branches everywhere but that’s to be expected.
We were most concerned about flooding. Very luckily the flooding never reached us, although it did come very close. Some businesses and homes just about 1.5 miles away weren’t as lucky as we were.
Source: Miami Herald
The beach fared pretty well. The streets are full of wet sand that they say will take a week to clear, but all things considered that’s not bad.
At Adam’s parents house a palm tree was knocked down into the pool and part of their fence got blown down. A few other, smaller trees also went down but that’s about it. We were all very, very lucky.
We walked the neighborhood yesterday morning and saw some giant trees totally uprooted – grass and all — but none fell onto any houses or cars that I could tell. It was so surprising to me that the wind we received could do so much damage. I don’t think the gusts ever went over 100mph. It made me very grateful that we didn’t get a direct hit from the storm when it was a category 5 hurricane.
Overall the entire state of Florida ended up getting so lucky that Irma decided to calm down a bit before it made landfall. I’m incredibly grateful that it landed on the west coast instead of here, although I feel for my friends and dad who live on the west coast.
My dad said they anticipate his area might not get power back until Thursday! He’s ever optimistic though, totally the opposite of me, and feels like maybe it will come back on at any minute. In his shoes I would be worried it was never going to come back on.
Now, I have to tell you, seeing video footage of Fort Lauderdale beach on the TV made me miss running so much. Like more than I have at any point over the last few months. I have wanted to go down to the beach every day since I knew the storm was coming. It feels like an old friend.
Source: Miami Herald
I’ve never felt an attachment to any place like I do with Fort Lauderdale, and I’m sure it’s because this is where I’ve made all of my best memories. The beach will bounce back, they say in about a week, and my legs will bounce back too. That will probably take longer than a week, but soon I’ll be running there every day again and a total sense of normalcy will come back to my life.
Speaking of my legs, OUCH. I honestly feel like they have been more sore the last couple of days than they were the first week of surgery. I’ve also developed bruises on the side of one of my legs. I know this is normal but holy guacamole….
Oh yeah, I tried to get Chipotle on Friday but it was closed for the storm. I’m glad their employees got to go home and prepare, but it’s now been almost a week since I’ve had guac and I’m experiencing withdrawal! 🙂
If you have a Chipotle nearby have a chicken bowl, no rice, black beans with lots of mild salsa and guac for me!
Fellow Floridians, how are you doing?
What’s your favorite Chipotle order?