Blackout ’09


For all of those who do not live in the area, we had a massive ice storm come through last week that covered the city with 2 inches of ice (which doesn’t sound like much, but is apparently really heavy).  This caused wide spread power outages that affected our house from 9 am Tuesday morning until 6:30 Wednesday night.  Looking back on it, we were able to survive and it really wasn’t that bad, but at the time we were told we may not have power for up to 5 days, so the stress of not knowing really made it worse.  Tuesday wasn’t bad…we have a gas fireplace and water heater, so we were able to keep the living room warm and still had hot water.  Joe made an impressive dinner of grilled chicken, baked beans, and garlic bread on the grill.  I thought it was funny, because at least one night a week we have sandwiches and cereal for dinner, but Joe had to cook on the one night we had no power!  We all slept in one bed and actually got hot during the night and had to take off our sweatshirts.  The next day, it was much colder in the house so we went to Joe’s office, where they had power, for a couple of hours and then Brandon and I took a nap.  I would say that the hardest part was entertaining Brandon for two days with no TV and trying to get him to confine his playing within 5 feet of the fireplace where it was warm.  He asked to watch a movie once and I reminded him that we couldn’t because the tv was broke, so he thought for a minute and then said “Okay, we can just watch Diego.”  I thought that was pretty funny.

When the power came on it was the happiest I have ever felt and I am considering my wedding day and the birth of my son!  Brandon looked at me with a big smile and just said “We can watch movie?” Apparently that was all he was waiting for.  Joe and I were a little dissappointed because we were going to try and make spaghetti and hot cocoa on the grill that night! But we were definitely not willing to give up electricity for that. 

A lot of people still had no power through the weekend and it looks like a war zone up here because of all of the broken trees.  If anyone is need of firewood, I know where you can get some.  It’s B.Y.O. Chainsaw, though!


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