Sandy: A Look Back in Pictures

I thought I would share my view of Sandy in the days before and after in pictures:

The day before the storm I took my Grandmother for our last meal at the fancy local Perkins.  Little did I know we should have eaten enough for a week.

Gma at Perkins

When I got home I started some home prep of the essentials:  candles, Kindle, iPad and the wine opener.  Who knew none of this would matter or work through 14 days of no power.


Then I took a ride through Spring Lake and Belmar to check out the waves and high tide 24 hours before the storm.  It was nothing I had seen before.  The ocean at the Belmar Inlet was creeping up on the bridge.

It also didn’t hurt that the local bakery had everything 50% off!


In the next 24 hours I have never been so frightened of a natural disaster in my life.  The winds were unbelievable.  We were sitting in the kitchen with a window behind me.  I was so scared that I ran into the family room with smaller windows.  It sounded like trees were falling around us.  I downloaded a police scanner to listen:


Covers of the Asbury Park Press (now that I think about it.  How did they go to press without power?!)


And then pics started coming out online. The street lined with trees and what looks like a river was my old street:  5th Avenue in Belmar.


We had no food, no power, no heat but we were lucky enough to have a roof over our heads unlike many other people in our area.  We took a road trip to West Chester, PA to stay with family for a warm shower and hot meals.


My stepdad was able to purchase a generator at Home Depot in PA which powered a few lights, a space heater and a radio.  On Friday night we listened to a telethon on the radio to raise money for those in need as we drank wine and played LCR.


I’m very lucky compared to many others who are still without their homes.


Kidney Failure!?

We’ve all heard how important it is to drink water on a daily basis but do you actually heed the advice?  I for one, do not which is a huge mistake on my part.

I’ll admit, I hate drinking water.  It makes me feel so bloated like I’m going to float away.  But this weekend I truly learned a lesson on how important it is to drink water.

On Saturday morning I got up and felt like going for a nice walk on the beach.  So I texted my friend Billy who happened to be in town from NYC and we hit the boardwalk.  It was a gorgeous morning around 9am and we started at the beginning of Belmar.  I figured we would walk to the end of Belmar and back and be done but we were talking and just kept going.

I caught him up on my crazy online dating experiences and he told me about his recent audition for HBO’s “Girls”.  Before we knew it we were at the end of the Spring Lake boardwalk . While we were walking I had my Map My Run app going to track our time and distance and at this point we hit about 3 miles.

On the way back it started to get pretty hot and I could feel my skin burning.  Since I didn’t expect to go on the long trek that we did, I did not put on sunscreen.  Irish girl fail!  See below…


Half way back my legs started to hurt but we had to keep going because no one’s going to pick my butt up.  We made it to the end (after 7.3 miles and over 2 hours), got in the car and he suggested we go to Toast in Asbury Park.  Once we got there we had a bit of a wait so I suggested we stop at the Brickwall and grab a beer.  I tried the Hell or High Watermelon beer which was light and delicious.

hell or high

When we finished we went over to Toast for breakfast.  When I walked in I was overwhelmed with the smell of food that I immediately felt nauseous.  (This is not at fault of Toast – this place is actually pretty amazing and last time I was there we saw Big Pussy from The Sopranos so it has a special place in my heart).  I looked at the menu and didn’t have any desire to eat because the thought of any of it made me sick.   I ended up ordering pancakes and spent the rest of the time in the bathroom because I was sure I would be sick.

Luckily, Billy suggested we go home because I would have felt too bad to make him leave on my account.

When I got home I turned the AC way up and crawled into bed and slept for a bit.  I woke up feeling much better but still sluggish.  That night I went to the Headliner for a party and had a few Coronas.  Another big mistake.

Sunday morning I woke up and my back was sore.  I didn’t dance or fall (which wouldn’t surprise anyone if this happened simultaneously) so there is no reason for this soreness.  When I touched my back I realized it was my kidneys.  I looked online to see why my kidneys would be sore and finally determined it was from dehydration.  (

Saturday’s long walk without water or sunscreen plus beer = dehydration.  This truly scared me.  I was pretty nervous especially since my grandmother has had her share of kidney issues.  Everytime I got up my kidneys hurt and I was very tired.  All I could do was drink as much water as I could throughout the day.

I’m happy to report that I’m feeling much better today.  I urge everyone to drink water especially before, during and after a workout.  I really learned a good lesson this weekend.

Dear baby Jesus,

Thanks broseph for making my kidney pain go away.