Surviving Like Jericho: Water

Friday, March 9, 2018

So let's imagine there's an emergency: a winter storm has come through your town and has cut the power and left most of the roads impassable. What is the first thing that comes to mind that you want to have on hand? Water, food, maybe a generator as a source of heat.

Water is arguably the most important emergency supply to have on hand. On average, the human body can survive approximately 3-4 days without water. The amount of time will vary depending on the specific situation (hot humid areas with exercise versus cold climate where not a lot of movement and sweating). But one thing is certain, you want to have water at your house and available when you need it.

How much water do I need?

According to, you should store at least 1 gallon per person for 3 days. This will account for water needed for consumption and sanitization. In all of my other research, I have seen 1 gallon per person per day and that's personally what we plan to have. As of now, we have approximately 20 gallons of water drinking water and 55 gallons of water for sanitization. In total, Texan and I could survive for about 37 to 38 days in a pinch or for four people we would be able to make it about 19 days.

While the government and FEMA suggest a water supply of 3 days, Texan and I agree that during a disaster where the water has been cut or possibly contaminated, it is always best to have more than not enough. We plant to store at least 3 weeks' worth of water for four people (84 gallons).

How should I store my water?

There are many ways to store water. Some can be more expensive than others; the way you decide to stock up depends on what is best for you and your family's budget as well as space available. Texan and I are currently building our supply of water with bottled water. Each week when we go grocery shopping we will pick up a case of water. It costs a little over $2 for 4 gallons worth of bottled water and we are able to store it in our basement. If you are on a tighter budget, you can start out storing water in recycled soda, Gatorade or water bottles. If you do plan to recycle, make sure to thoroughly clean the bottles first (here's a process you can use).  

If you have the space and want to store more water, there are other options such a water bricks and water storage barrels. Look into all of the options and decide what will best fit in the space you have available and what your family's need might be. If you are transferring water via hose make sure you use a drinking hose which is usually white (garden hoses can have bacteria in them - even if they're brand new).

At our house, we have ample space so we aren't concerned in that area, however an idea to save on space is using your tub as a water storage. Granted, you'll need to know before the water is cut off but it is always an option. You want to beware of just filling your tub with water and thinking you can use it to drink. When was the last time you cleaned your tub? Or if you cleaned it recently, did you use chemical cleaners? I wouldn't want to drink from it. You can use bags such as WaterBOB to make your "tub water" sanitary where you could drink it.

Alternate Drinking Water Solutions

Running out of water is not an option for Texan and I. I am one of those people that likes to be weirdly prepared, so I have backups on top of backups. Some of the backups that Texan prefers to keep on hand is water purification systems. You can get a few different kinds.
This past Christmas, I purchased Texan and I this water purification straw. It's perfect for on the go (and not just a prepper item) when you're camping or if you happen to get into an emergency situation. We each have these stashed in our cars.

Texan's preferred purification method is water tablets. He gets these from Walmart. While I hope we never have to use this last back up, it gives me peace of mind to know we have them.

Do you already have some water stored for emergencies? If not, will you plan to store some water or have a way to purify water if necessary? I'm interested to know!

February Resolution Update

Friday, March 2, 2018

I realize that February is a short month, but it has flown by. I was looking for an email at work and I thought it just came in last week but it was back at the beginning of the month. I honestly can't believe we're already in March. Before you know it we'll be celebrating Easter!

So the beginning of the month means that I'm tracking my goals again. Working on these goals hasn't become natural but I have tried to be a little more intentional at least on some!

Weekly Resolutions

Blog 1x per week - I did it! YESSSS!!! I officially posted every Friday in February so I'm at 5/52 posts for the year. We have some exciting weekends over the next few months so maybe I'll be able to catch up a little with some weekend re-caps.  

Vlog 1x per week - This was an epic fail. I didn't even try for this. Shame on me. Maybe I'll get out a vlog or two in March.

Clean out the fridge every Tuesday - So the fridge did get cleaned out, but I can't say it was every Tuesday. I thought it would be a good idea to clean the fridge out the night before trash day however it seems as though it's more convenient to clean out the fridge before grocery shopping. The main thing is there isn't anything growing in my fridge!


Lose 4 pounds per month - I wasn't able to lose 4 pounds this month but I did lose 2. It isn't as much as I want, but I am able to see some progress so that's great!

Print photos from the Month for a photo album - I got a photo album this month but I'm still slacking on printing out my pictures. I plan to go through them and send them off to Sam's Club to be printed this weekend.


Yearly Financial Goal #1 - I think I was way over zealous when I created this goal. If I kept the course I would be at 0.9% even after trying to complete this goal in February. I'm going to adjust this goal to make it more reasonable. Hopefully March's update will be a much more positive one!

Yearly Financial Goal #2 - I was at 5.3% at the end of January so I started out doing very well with this goal. I'm now at 34%. Taxes really helped to boost this goal and I'm so excited to finally get it complete!

Are you still keeping up with your New Year's Resolutions? If not, you know it's never too late to get back to them. Texan's resolution was to work out 5 times a week. Unfortunately when I wasn't able to work out, he quit as well. I'm trying to talk him into going to the gym with me again! Don't give up on your goals just because you had a short lapse in when you were trying to complete them!

This is my Monument Avenue 10k.

Friday, February 23, 2018

"When an activity is no longer enjoyable, it's time to re-evaluate why you're doing it."

I love running races! The anticipation you feel before crossing the start line and overwhelming joy of crossing the finish line is unreal. It's easy to understand why so many people sign up for various lengths of races. This past year for Christmas my mom made me a sign to display my race bling and bibs from past races. I love displaying it on the wall of the gym. It is something tangible that is truly motivation to keep moving and keep signing up for more races. So to keep bling coming, I signed up for my 4th annual Monument Avenue 10k.

I can't believe I've been running this race for four years. I love this race. This is honestly one of the best races I've ran in. The course is down one of the most known streets in Richmond, Monument Avenue, which has recently been getting attention for its Confederate memorial statues. It's an up and back course with little to no hills which makes it really easy. Sportsbackers fills the median with bands and groups to cheer the runners on as they go past. In the past they've had local jazz, rock-n-roll and Jimmy Buffet style bands, an Asian meditation group, and the full VCU band. Of course you always have those crazy people standing on the side of the course with signs like "I thought they said RUM!" and another personal favorite of mine is "This is a lot of work for a free banana". That's what makes it so fun. There is literally no part of the course that you don't see by-standers with signs, pom-poms and sometimes even beer.

I keep signing up for this race because I love the atmosphere race day brings. I love the motivation it gives me to get out and be active. But this year I am not having as much fun. My achilles tendon on both legs bothers me when I run. Not to be dramatic, it feels like the tendon is ripping apart, one piece at a time. To make matters even worse, after the pain gets really bad my right foot usually goes numb and feels like I'm walking on pins and needles.

It's so frustrating to have the motivation to get out there and train, go to a Saturday morning training team and just not have fun while doing it. Running isn't fun anymore. It isn't the race itself, or my lack of wanting to run. But when it's painful, it's definitely not enjoyable.

I know if I want to keep running and not lose my motivation I need to get this problem fixed. I've gone to a sports medicine doctor to make sure I wasn't doing damage to my foot when it goes numb. The good news was that it isn't doing damage to my foot; the bad news though was he didn't help to solve the problem. I've talked to fellow runners and coaches from the training team. They've made sure I am wearing proper running shoes, my style of running (heel-strike vs mid-strike) isn't affecting my legs and everything else they can think of. It's very frustrating to see everybody else having a good time and talking about how their speed has increased when I can barely break out into a jog.

However I am not going to give up the anticipation of crossing the start line and the joy of getting to the finish line just because my legs might hurt in between the two. I will be out there with my figurative bells on even if I am passed by a mom with a stroller. I will go out there and run my own race. This is my Monument Avenue 10k.  

Reading Suggestions Needed!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Have y'all ever been in the mood to read a book but you don't know what to read? That's pretty much where I am at right now. I want to have something to keep my mind engaged and active, but when I look at the books I have in my "To Read' list on GoodReads, I get very overwhelmed. So, I'm turning to some of my best reading resources... y'all. 

What books have y'all read recently that you loved?  

I have been wanting to go to the library and check out their self-improvement sections. I would love to find ways to be more productive, better at my job, just a better person. So, I might stop by the library this afternoon on the way home from work and see what they have to offer. I don't have anything in particular I want to work on except myself. I've always been a firm believer than you should never stop learning and recently I've been craving the chance to learn! Maybe I'll try to work on productivity first?! That might help with giving this little bloggy home of mine a step in the right direction. 

So that's basically it folks. It's a short one today but I'm hoping y'all can come up with some amazing reading suggestions! 

Have y'all read any self-help books you thought really helped you?

Surviving Like Jericho

Friday, February 9, 2018

Four years ago, I came to the realization that if an emergency situation were to strike my family or myself, I would not be prepared. Luckily, I have not had to face any true emergencies since then; however, the TV series Jericho really opened my eyes to the possibilities of what could happen.

Over the course of four years I put a lot thought into getting prepared for various types of events but it took me at least three years (and somebody who believes in being prepared even more than me) before I decided to do more than keep a hoodie and pair of tennis shoes in my trunk. Originally, I considered said blanket, hoodie, pair of tennis shoes and some paper towels in my trunk as being prepared. While that was a limited but good start, it wouldn't have gotten me very far. And surprise, surprise... emergencies don't only happen when you are in your car.

Think about if an emergency occurred in your life, how would your family survive? Would you have enough water and food to survive for three weeks?

Through my research during the past few years, I've gained some practical knowledge on preparedness that I want to share with y'all. There is a wide range of being prepared and being prepared doesn't mean that the world is going to end. Events such as Hurricane Harvey hitting Houston, or the earthquakes effecting California would be examples of what I'm preparing for. In my life, we have seen huge ice storms that cut the power and left the roads impassable for over a week. 

How much you prepare for is a personal choice, but in all reality you never want to be without the things
you need.

I'm inviting y'all to come visit me on the second Friday of every month for my "Surviving Like Jericho" preparedness series. I plan to answer questions such as:

- How much water do you need to store?
- How much and what kinds of food to store?
- How do I prepare food without my kitchen?
- What if the power goes out? What kind of light is safe/the best to use?
- What do I do about personal hygiene during an emergency?

Are there any specific questions you have about getting prepared for emergency situations? Leave them in the comments below!