I woke up this morning around 2:30 am when the wind and rain from Hurricane Jeanne finally started to hit the Orlando area. I think it was a combination of noise from the storm and well…a possible metabolic reaction to the higher calorie day I’d just enjoyed on Saturday. The A/C is set for 76 degrees, and I’m not ill, so I figure I’ve just had my first conscious experience with the “fat burning furnace” phenomenon that other BFL’ers have mentioned. I was sweating and uncomfortably warm when I woke up–probably because my system was working overtime to burn up the 2100 calories I consumed Saturday. That is right around my maintenance level, but a good 500-600 calories above my “low-day” intake. I’m going to start paying more attention on high days to see if this happens regularly.
For the time being, my apartment is on the dryer side of the building since the winds are coming from the northeast. My apartment has a southern exposure. The winds are gusting every minute or so, and the rain is pretty constant, but so far I still have electricity. I’m feeling very sorry for the people on the other side of the building, though. They must have rain smashing directly into their windows. It already sounds like a muffled train on my side. The north side of the building gets the joy of staying up to something that’s reminiscent of a hail of nails being fired at sheets of glass.
This one isn’t moving as fast as Charley or as slow as Frances, so I’m not sure what to expect. Charley lasted only an hour for this part of Florida, but was very destructive. Frances dragged on for 4 days, but didn’t knock down nearly as many trees near my place. I should probably turn on the TV and get some updated coverage. Orlandoweather.com has the current wind speed at 39 mph, but the eye of the storm isn’t here yet.
I’m glad I got the laundry done in any case. With this storm not projected to leave the area until 2 pm Sunday at the earliest (by which time my apartment WILL be getting some direct wind and rain), I don’t have much hope that the electricity will hold out.
I don’t know if I should try to get some more sleep now or just give it up and start messing around with Satoripaint. I’ve had the painting program for over 4 years…I am way overdue to learn how to use it properly.