The earthquake is so three days ago! We’re prepping for the hurricane now. We thought water, peanut butter and jelly, and plenty of t.p. would be enough, but President Obama recommends we visit the gov website to double-check our preparedness. Because we’re starting to buy into the hysteria too, we’re following through.

Please send us your pictures of anything storm-related and we’ll post over the weekend.  

Here’s how some of our writers are getting ready for Irene: 

“I love the soggy side effects of other people’s big storms. I am preparing not to be able to go jogging this weekend (boo hoo)–plan to finish reading a dark book and watch some stormy Twin Peaks.” –Betsy Boyd 

“I live in Old Ellicott City, which is essentially a giant basin next to the Patapsco River, so I worry about the shops on lower Main Street that were flooded in ’72’s Hurricane Agnes. I’m on call to help move merchandise upstairs if needed, at one of my favorite shops. But my apartment is well above the flood zone, so my dog and I have candles, books, and some new selections to try from the Wine Bin at the ready.” –Sara Lynn Michener

“We tend to underestimate these things (sometimes to our detriment). Our greatest concern? Which movies to watch and having all electronics charged in case of a power outage.” –Susan Dunn

“Went to liquor store. Hello! Asked the 10 year old to try to find that old flashlight he took to camp…it hasn’t turned up yet.” –Paddy Morton

We’re ignoring it except for my teenage daughter, who is worried we might run out of hummus – a nutritional staple apparently.” –Cynthia McIntyre

“Plenty of booze.” –Krista Smith