They're calling it our Stormageddon.
Five river systems in New South Wales have been flooded, parts of the Vivid festival have sustained damage from the rain and there's already been at least 249mm of rain on the North Coast this weekend. We've been pretty lucky so far to have only suffered a mildly leaking roof and a huge backlog of wet clothes and the tumble drier puts in some serious overtime this weekend. I hope you and yours are doing well.
There's been minor flooding around where I work in the Inner West. Fortunately, everyone on the roads this weekend have been incredibly careful. We've slowed down to ten below the speed limit and kept a couple of car lengths between each other. Even on major arterial roads. And in the tunnel. Who even are we, Sydney drivers? Actually, we haven't entirely lost ourselves. The local, partially flooded shopping centre carpark is where we've been returning to form. I'm dreading the thought of attempting to find a park at Westfield after work today....
But I need to find a bagel product from Abe's Bagel Bakery. Unfortunately neither of the two flavours of Bagel Bites that the non Westfield supermarket down the road from home stocks.
But rather these Vegemite flavoured Bagel Crisps my workmate put me onto last week. Seriously, even if you're not that into Vegemite, you must try these crisps. They're crunchy, they're salty and they've got umami. At least my definition of umami. I've seen people (also at work, the best source of cutting edge food hacks) eat them with a bowl of home made soup for lunch as well. I've tracked this particular flavour down to Coles (thank you, Instagram) so my plan is to go after work and then head home to pack.
While it might also be raining (and thundering) across the world in New Orleans, at least it'll be doing so with the silver lining of 30C temperatures.
I've just got to put on my waterproof hiking shoes again this morning and squelch across the carpark to work and then squelch up and down a few fire escape staircases between floors of highly squelchable (and squeaky) lino before I'm free for the weekend.
Happy squelching wherever you may be doing yours!