When that roll of blubber comes in awful handy

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Power.....back...on...

Feeling...returning...to...hands...

Body...uncurling....from...fetal...position...

We lost power on Friday afternoon. We held out hope on Friday night that it was coming back on. I think it was due to the mass of flashing lights near the downed power line.

We awoke on Saturday in a 30 degree house. I expelled my husband from the warmth of our family bed to gather information. Of course, we couldn't use the toilet. When the power is out - no pump from the well = no toilet flushing.

Emily grabbed my roll of fat and said "Thanks for keeping me warm with your blubber mama". Try that skinny Uber Moms.

He returned with a cup of coffee, and news.

"Maybe Sunday night", he was told.

We gathered many things into bags, willy nilly. We fled to the warmth of friends who live in a more civilized place.

Here's a tip. Try to speak slowly and clearly to the young woman at Old Navy. The concept that you want to wear the clothes out of the store, but don't want to be arrested for shoplifting will befuddle her. She will need to call for back up. You will need to explain, again, to the young woman at the register. She will look at the tags and then look at you and say "So you have jeans and a shirt?"

You will point to the items and say "Yes, A Shirt ( pointing) and Jeans (pointing)"
This will befuddle her some more, as she looks around for the jeans and shirt.

Now I am off to take the longest, hottest shower ever.

**Actually, I am amending this to say that I am NOW getting into the shower - cause I had to clean the fridge. 36 hours of no power=Smelly fridge.

17 Baleful Regards:

Contrary said...

I'm glad y'all are home and warm and safe again.

And really, rather silly of you attempting to explain anything to anyone who works at Old Navy.

Li said...

we had a big storm before I went to Copenhagen and one of my neighbours said they had no power for 3 days. And they stayed! she was so afraid that the dark house would invite thieves. Can't blame her but I also would give up caring if I knew there was no coffee at the end of a long cold night!

Can't say about Old Navy although doesn't surprise...I usually just jump up and say "scan me".

mama_tulip said...

Are you still in the shower? ;)

Nancy said...

Oh yuk. I remember knowing people who lost power for a whole week when there was an ice storm in southeastern VA. They were all kinds of desperate, some showering at the office and possibly even sleeping there.

But here's the important question: how did you live without the internet??? ;-)

Beth said...

feeling your pain, my friend.

we were powerless (ha! literally!) from Fri. morning to early Sat. night.

it was freezing and it totally sucked.

Jess said...

No! It's freezing here. At least you had somewhere warm to go.

We had power. We randomly lose power often during the summer, for some reason . . .but almost never in the winter.

roo said...

Oh, yucka. That sucks.

I'm glad your power has returned, and hope your fridge isn't too stinky.

The Gradual Gardener said...

For the past few years we've gone without heat at least a couple of days every winter, due to an old furnace. Inevitably, it would die on Friday night or Saturday morning, and since I'm to cheap to pay a repairman weekend rates we'd wait until Monday to have it fixed. It's amazing how that cold eats away at you after awhile. We finally got the furnace replaced this year.

I've done the no toliet thing too, when Hubby overtightened a bolt and cracked it after replacing the wax seal underneath. At 9:30pm. First thing in the morning, we were at Home Depot, buying a new toliet!

I think Li is right, though...Doing without the coffee would send me running to a friend's house quicker than the lack of heat!

Fraulein N said...

Glad you got your power back.

Sugarmama said...

We had our power knocked out by an ice storm a few years back. It was off for about 4 days with temperatures in the 20's, and I found it damn scary! Something about having a little kid to protect with what felt like a real danger of her freezing and dying put me into mama-animal mode. Glad you're out of the woods yourself, and it IS a good thing to have that extra layer sometimes, huh?

Meghan said...

Our hot water heater broke on Saturday. I have no idea how pioneer women maintained their sanity.

Hot water is very, VERY important.

Meghan said...

Our hot water heater broke on Saturday. I have no idea how pioneer women maintained their sanity.

Hot water is very, VERY important.

TB said...

That sucks! And you would think that the food in the frige would stay cool since the outside environment was almost cold enough to keep things frozen.

Mama D said...

What a darlin' that Emily is. I had to laugh. I hope I have a sense of humor left when those comments come to me in a few years.

Our boiler quit last winter when it was -37. Lucky for us we caught it quickly and it was a tripped switch. This winter, though it hasn't been cold I am constantly paranoid that it will quit again and my baby will freeze to death in her bed. I am always feeling the radiators to make sure they are warm!

Lisa said...

Our furnace went out the night before we moved out of our old house. I hated that house. SO I think that was its way of giving me the finger.

Glad to hear you guys are warm and all is back to normal.

mothergoosemouse said...

Yeah, I've gotten comments about my squishy tummy, and I advised the child that the squishiness of that tummy was a direct result of the time she inhabited said tummy, so it actually COULD be construed as HER DOING.

So glad you have thawed out.

V said...

Ha! I love Emily's comment....feelin' the love! My daughter would be OH so warm in such a circumstance!

 
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