With some unexpected days off, we’ve been hunkering down, battening the hatches, and well yes, sadly, working from home. But now that the five o’clock hour is fast approaching, it’s time to recognize the main characters named Sandy in film, books, and television. And so, if you’re looking to celebrate a Sandy or two who isn’t a Category 1 hurricane barreling her way to the East Coast, here are a few suggestions…

Sandy Hill Pittman

1. If you’re looking to be glad you’re facing a hurricane instead of a massive storm on Everest, read INTO THIN AIR, which includes the socialite and mountaineer Sandy Hill Pittman as a character who sent pictures, blog posts, and updates from the doomed climb in 1996.

Sandy Cheeks

2. If you’re looking for some mindless cartoon action, tune in to Sponge Bob Square Pants, whose episodes often include a native Texan Squirrel named Sandy Cheeks who often reminds people that she is a land animal, not a marine animal (hence the need for the head bubble).

Sandy Lyle

3. If you’re in the mood to watch a horribly reviewed but still occasionally hilarious movie, take a look at Along Came Polly, in which you can watch Phillip Seymour Hoffman utter the uncharacteristic line, “I tried to fart and a little shit came out. I just sharted.”

Little Orphan Annie and her pup Sandy

4. If you want to take a step back in time, browse the old comics of Little Orphan Annie, which chronicle the adventures of Annie and her pup Sandy.

Sandy Rivers from How I Met Your Mother

5. For entertainment that is so perfectly zeitgeist and a break from the continuous coverage of the storm, tune in to episodes of How I Met Your Mother and see Robin and her counterpart, Sandy Rivers, take charge on their take of NYC local news.

Sandy Murry and his brother Dennys Murry

6. If you’re looking to catch up on your young adult fiction, turn to a lesser known novel by famed author Madeline L’Engle, MANY WATERS. This book features brothers Sandy and Dennys, who time travel back to the age of Noah and encounter mammoths, unicorns, and Noah’s beautiful daughter. Definitely had a literary crush on Sandy Murry as a young girl. How can you not when you have the cover art of shirtless blond 80’s styled teens?!

Sandy Cohen on the OC

7. If you’re looking to relive the amazingness that was The O.C., tune in to watch Sandy Cohen as Brooklyn raised lawyer and California surfer dad. Just writing this makes us wish we had all of Season One on DVD.

Sandra Dee

8. And last, but most certainly not least, watch the movie we all loved, danced to, and indulged in one too many late night karaoke sing alongs to, Grease, where we can croon:

Sandy, can’t you see
I’m in misery?
You made a start, now we’re apart
There’s nothing left for me
Love has flown all alone
I sit and wonder why, oh?
Why you left me, oh Sandy

So, readers, pour yourself a Hurricane, put on Grease, and dance your way through the night. We’ve got a long road full of wind, rain, and storm fun ahead.