The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-10-28

Monday, October 29, 2012

Rebooting my Filofax

This morning I finished my emergency preparations for Hurricane Sandy so I did what I always do when I expect no fun in the near future;  I began to clean and organize.

No lie, when something bad is about to happen I start tearing through my house like a manic Martha Stewart.  

I know it's a weird compulsion but it beats eating my weight in cheese danish to soothe my nerves. This morning after filling my gas tank, getting a few bags of ice and a gallon of half and half I started throwing all kinds of things out.

Yesterday when I made a 'just in case I have to leave my house' bag I realized how much stuff I have that I wouldn't miss if it ended up under three feet of water.  So this morning I started dumping things I don't need into garbage bags; three so far.  I made the executive decision to stop there.  If we don't have garbage pick up tomorrow I don't want to deal with a room-size amount of garbage bags.

I ran across a lot of plannerphrenalia in my digging around.  And there was no order where it was, I found at least five places where there was A5 paper.  I found things I'd been meaning to add to my Filofax but lost before I could and found about seven pairs of scissors.  

I looked at my filofax and realized there was no way to add anything so after I was done with the house....

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 ...I rebooted my Filofax


 Taking everything out and reevaluating was something that really needed doing and it kept me from thinking about Hurricane Sandy for a good hour.  Playing with my planners is more relaxing then Xanax...

Front inside cover Malden a5 filofax

Emptied the front.

Back inside cover filofax malden a5

Dumped out stuff in the back and took out all the pages.

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I took some time to punch all the A5 Clairefontaine graph paper I'd found.  Been meaning to do that forever...

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I consolidated all the Filofax paper I found all over the place and stuck that in.  Now my paper is all in one place, right where I use it.

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I punched and added something that's been on my to-do list forever.  I had an A5 sized address book and meant to punch it to hold info about filo-friends I correspond with.

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And what do you know?

I've had the Dodo Inserts for months and never realized there was a year on two pages calendar for 2013.  

I swear, the things you realize when you're cleaning like a nut to avoid eating like a fool. If you haven't rebooted your Filofax in a while, it's very cathartic.  

Just sayin'


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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Filofax stormageddon list


Edited image from Hurricane Central


Yeah...  Things have looked better around here.

I've been scrambling to get things together just in case I have to leave my home.  I'm in a relatively high  area not known to flood but there are a lot (and I mean a lot) of trees around, both on my property and in the general area.  In fact, my development is surrounded by forested areas with, pretty much, only old growth trees.

While I'm not anticipating the house flooding from standing water, it might if a tree comes through the roof and it storms for two days directly into my bedroom. 

Yesterday I started making something I should have had in place already, an emergency list. Hurricane Sandy isn't going to effect most people reading this but I'd like to suggest everyone make this kind of 'just in case' list.    When the only thing  on TV is twenty-four/seven disaster coverage it's hard to think.  It's also a little late by that time.

I wish I'd made an emergency list well in advance because if you gotta go, you gotta go.  Without preparation you might not have everything you need, not know where everything is, and even if you do,  the supplies might be scattered all over your house.   In any case, unless you're prepared it will take too long to collect everything.  There's very little time between when that tree comes flying through your flat screen TV and you have to make it to the front door.

I've come up with a short list based on what I can think of, it's by no means exhaustive and many things may not pertain to your life which is why I suggest you give this some thought before your local news starts referring to your five day forecast as the coming Stormpocalypse.

So think about adding a  list to your planner, it might help you some day.


Things to have in case of Stormageddon...
  • list of medicines currently taking
  • at least three days of current meds
  • over the counter medicine and first aid kit
  • personal  care items/make up - preferably in sample sizes
  • valuables - anything you wouldn't want swept up in a tornado, say...
  • cash, traveler's checks, and change
  • flashlight/batteries
  • spare power cords
  • list of local hotels that take pets
  • local emergency shelters that take pet
  • feminine products
  • a few small packs of tissues
  • change of clothes/ layers perferably
  • water for three days
  • water for three days for pets
  • copies of insurance policies, credit cards, and forms of ID in a waterproof pouch
  • moist towelettes, individually wrapped
  • small wind up clock or watch
  • battery operated radio
  • extra batteries


emergency filofax list


See you on the flip side.

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