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15 Things To Do Instead of Obsessing About a Hurricane

what to do during hurricane, hurricane sandy

Stir crazy? Worried? These ideas will help!

The lights have flickered over 25 times in my apartment so far tonight (yes, I’m counting) and I just got a voice mail message from ConEd saying it was time to power down, so it looks like we’re going to have to find some old-fashioned things to do to weather the storm instead of wasting time on Facebook or watching TV. Here’s a list of things I want to try to do instead of obsessing about Sandy. Many of these will require power, but if the power does go out we’ve still got a few possibilities. If, like me, you’re starting to feel stir crazy thanks to this freaky Frankenstorm, try some of these activities:


  • Give yourself a mani-pedi. 1 of 15
    Give yourself a mani-pedi.
    Mother-daughter mani-pedis are always fun. If you're alone, try some nail art for the first time. If you've got roommates, paint each other's nails. It's a great bonding exercise and always starts good conversation.
  • Organize old papers. 2 of 15
    Organize old papers.
    Have you been meaning to go through that ever-growing pile of papers on your desk? Your old scrapbooking stuff? Now's the time!
  • Read a book. 3 of 15
    Read a book.
    I've got several books -- written by friends, no less -- waiting to be read. Tonight's the night!
  • Pick digital photos to print. 4 of 15
    Pick digital photos to print.
    This might be a great time to go through the 10,000 photos you've taken since your toddler was born and decide which ones you want to actually print. It's easy to design a bound photo album at sites like Shutterfly or Snapfish. It's a lot of fun, too.
  • Design your family holiday card. 5 of 15
    Design your family holiday card.
    I mean, you're already going through the photos, so why not? This one is from Shutterfly.
  • Shop online for holiday gifts. 6 of 15
    Shop online for holiday gifts.
    Anyone who knows me knows I am not into even acknowledging that Christmas exists before Thanksgiving, but this is a good way to focus on something outside of yourself -- like your friends and family -- rather than sit around worrying all day.
  • Put together a puzzle. 7 of 15
    Put together a puzzle.
    When was the last time you did that?!
  • Go through your kids’ books, toys and clothes. 8 of 15
    Go through your kids' books, toys and clothes.
    Figure out what to keep, toss and give to charity. Same goes for your stuff, too.
  • Talk to a friend on the phone. 9 of 15
    Talk to a friend on the phone.
    That one friend you love who lives far away who you never have time to donate an hour to. Call her and catch up!
  • Write in a journal. 10 of 15
    Write in a journal.
    Yes, with a pen. On paper. If you've never journaled and you don't know where to start, check out Karen Walrond's primer on journaling.
  • Clean the bathroom. 11 of 15
    Clean the bathroom.
    I'm not saying your bathroom is gross, but even if it's spotless, go through your medicine cabinet and throw expired stuff away or finally get down behind the bowl. There's always something you can do in the loo.
  • Organize your kitchen cabinets. 12 of 15
    Organize your kitchen cabinets.
    I have to say, my dish cupboards do look like this, but that's because when I got divorced I started with just a small 4-piece set. Many of you have probably been collecting random dishes for years, and you should weed through the junk. Also, how many plastic containers do you have that don't have lids? Hmm?
  • Clean your fridge. 13 of 15
    Clean your fridge.
    Did this last night as a way of prepping for the storm. I always find it kind of relaxing. If you've never done it, just use soapy water.
  • Bake a cake. 14 of 15
    Bake a cake.
    So a friend said you can still use a gas stove/oven if the power goes out. We'll see. Someone on the news called theirs a hurri-cake. Cute. This one is by Family Bites. For more cake recipies, visit The Family Kitchen.
  • Do yoga. 15 of 15
    Do yoga.
    If the stress starts to get to you or you start to feel physically cagey from not being able to go outside, just do some simple stretches. If you've never done yoga before, try a few jumping jacks and breathing in while you slowly raise your hands over your head. Good luck, everybody!

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