Saturday, November 3, 2012

My little monster

My little monster, originally uploaded by Venus In Furs.
What a week it's been! First off, we are incredibly fortunate to have weathered Hurricane Sandy without any major problems. I hesitate to say that we haven't even had any minor problems, because it seems to be in poor taste to say such a thing when I am surrounded by communities that have not had such luck. But we never so much as lost power or internet, and Todd has been able to work from home all week. We almost ran out of milk for our coffee and that my friends is almost an inconvenience rather than a problem. I am not gloating, I only write that to reassure our far flung family and friends - and let them know exactly how OK we are- especially compared to so many who are NOT OK. As a friend said this morning "Lots of good karma up for grabs. Get out there and get some! Chances are if you're reading this, you've got it better than most do right now. Time to pay it forward!"**

Happy not- hurricane related Gibson update:
As my immediate area of Brooklyn was largely untouched by Sandy, Halloween went on as normal- and Gibson finally got to don a costume and try his hand at trick-or-treating. Trick-or-treat was a little too much for him to say, but 'Boo'! worked wonders and he had a blast going from door to door and shop to shop. Considering that we really only walked 5 blocks to a Walgreens (to pick up more diapers) and the 5 blocks back- he made out pretty well with a bucket full of candy and treats.

**If you are local in Brooklyn and can donate time check out this link: Where to volunteer this weekend.

If you don't have the time (it happens, I don't, not with a 2 year old and a 2 month old who needs to nurse every couple hours) you can donate things:  People are in desperate need of cleaning supplies, large garbage bags, rubber gloves, batteries, flashlights, and winter accessories like hats scarves and gloves (most places I've been following say they are pretty good on clothing and shoes). If you want to know where you can locally drop these things off message me, or comment here and I'll find out for you.

If you want to donate money there's always the red cross, or the Mayors Fund to Advance NYC (100% of the proceeds are going to hurricane Sandy relief)

And if you're into animals (Hey, I sometimes prefer the company of animals to people too. They can be so much more civilized sometimes)- the NY Aquarium at Coney Island was throughly devastated by the flooding and are accepting donations online here.

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