I have been looking forward to the Australia day long weekend for a long time. Its the first weekend since Christmas that Jason and I will have two days off in a row together. Hello mini vacation.
Unfortunatley when we checked the weather forcast heavy rainfall and strong winds were predicted so we decided it would be best to postpone the trip. To make the most of things we decided to stock up on munchies, download movies and make ourselves comfortable for a weekend indoors. Mother nature of course had other plans. It had been raining since Saturday night and as we watched the news Sunday morning things seemed to be slowly getting worse. Video clips of extremely strong winds and massive flooding in certain parts of Queensland, town evacuations and gigantic waves tearing up the beaches. Concern started to take over as to how much worse things could possibly get and how much of this was heading towards Brisbane. Luckily we are at the top of a hill so flooding wasn't a concern. The massives trees falling down on our house from strong winds was altogether another story.
Just as I was putting the finishing touches on a late lunch the power went out. At this point I realize just how unprepared Jason and I are to handle this. With no flashlights and not a single candle in sight we were forced to rely on the light from the laptop and our phones. Our cozy weekend in suddenly became a rush to keep everything in the fridge cold and a camp out in our living room. By Monday afternoon I am getting extremely restless and with no end in sight to the weather and bad news I decided that we needed to find a place with power to hide out. I have never been so glad to see that flashing neon sign in my life as I was at that moment. A warm, cozy place to relax, charge our phones and have something delicious to eat. Many people from the surrounding neighbourhoods obviously had the same idea. Huddled around the tv, swapping stoires of all the damages we had seen. Feeling grateful that we seemed to have escaped the worst but the same time sad for the people that were forced to leave their homes and belongings to be taken over by this dreadful weather.
Over 48 hours and we are still without power but I feel like I have to right to complain. My heart goes out to all those people that have lost their homes and I hope you have found somewhere safe to stay.