I'm sure you all have heard about Hurricane Sandy aka Frankenstorm.
If you've been around long enough, you may remember that my family is from New Jersey, that much of my family still lives on the east coast, and that we have a beloved beach house on the Shore. Me and Anna were just there in July and August.
It's where our family comes together most summers, and through it I've gotten to know my cousins, aunts and uncles, second cousins, great aunts and great uncles, the whole lot. It's been a second home. My sister was a baby in diapers at that beach house, and now she's about to turn fourteen.
Well, Sandy hit. At first, reports didn't seem that bad. We found pictures of our area and there was a lot of water, but the houses and powerlines were still standing.
Now that the water has cleared out some, here's what we can see:
I don't even know what to think about all of this. I nearly cry every time I think too much. I know in the grand scheme of things, we're lucky that there's any house left and that my family is all safe. No one lives in that house year-round, and our family that lives on the shore stayed with a friend, though I haven't heard anything about their home. (Hi Peter!)
But when I think about all that house means to my family, it just breaks my heart.
Here's the boardwalk we've been going to for years... if you look at my previous posts, we've taken tons of pictures here. Anna just rode one of her first rollercoasters here, and Seaside Heights has been part of every summer of my life.
I'm sorry to be such a downer today. And it's ok if you don't have anything to say back. I just needed to document this.
With that being fully documented, moving on to other things...
It's November first. That means three things.
1. The date is a math date! 11-1-12. 11 + 1 = 12. Fun, yeah? :)
2. Today starts NaNoWriMo. I had planned to post about this yesterday, but you know. Things happen. So I'll make it brief: Every November, people come together for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is 50,000 words in the month of November.
Did you guys know I have a bachelors in creative writing? But I haven't really written anything since my last assignment in college.
I've been toying with the idea of participating this year. But then I look around my room and see the five-year journal that I'm a month behind in updating and the application to volunteer at DCAP that I printed off a month ago and still haven't filled out and my planner with two papers and two group projects in the next three weeks and I wonder if it's even in the realm of possibility for me to fit anything else into my schedule.
So here's what I'm aiming for: I want to write something every day. I don't know if I'm ready for a continuous novel, especially because I sure don't have any kind of outline or characters or anything planned out. But I want to write again.
Anyone else out there trying NaNoWriMo? I'd love to be your cheerleader!
3. Fiiiinally, November first also means the start of a new link up with Sar! She'll be hosting a link up every Thursday in November to talk about what you're thankful for this month.
I bet mine will be pretty obvious today, but in the wake of all the destruction in New Jersey, I'm so thankful for my family's safety. And I'm thankful for the many years and memories that house has given us so far, and hopeful there will still be more to come.
Thanks for reading, friends.