Hurricane Florence is coming, which means that any plays, concerts or festivals you planned for the weekend are probably canceled. It also means that you should definitely stay inside, so here are some tips for staying sane while you lock yourself indoors for the next several days. Happy hunkering!
1. Make like a middle school sleepover and gather up some board games.
There's a good chance that the power will go out, which means that laptop battery will have to be conserved for emergencies — which unfortunately won't include streaming the latest season of "Jane the Virgin." Fill your days with Battleship and you might even enjoy a week living in a dark cave.
2. Download these apps to make your hurricane experience a little safer:
3. Visit these websites for no-cook recipes in case electricity makes your crock pot an impossibility.
4. Stockpile candles, flashlights — and even firewood, if you have an indoor fireplace available.
Just because you're out of electricity doesn't mean you have to live in complete darkness. Have candles and battery-powered light sources on hand in the event of a total outage. And don't forget that fireplaces create the perfect opportunity for indoor s'mores parties.
5. Get some good old-fashioned reading done while you take an involuntary break from your real life.
Take a look at "Bossypants" by Tina Fey to spice up your otherwise boring weekend with big laughs. Try "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed if you want to pretend that you're actually outside adventuring, and for you literary fiction fans out there, check out "Three Martini Lunch" by Suzanne Rindell or "Tuesday Nights in 1980" by Molly Prentiss. Your lonely and cramped week will be over before you know it.
6. The hurricane winds will be staying active, and you should, too.
Just because you can't go out for a jog doesn't mean that you should sit on the couch all week. Try these indoor workouts.
With these ideas in mind, you should be able to make the best of your four walls while you're trapped inside. Stay sane, stay calm and most importantly, in the words of Bob Dylan, take shelter from the storm.