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Dodging the bullet

The power went out at 3:59.

"Crap," I said. "It's an hour to sunset. What then?"

My husband decided avoid this question by taking a nap.

I decided to clean kerosene lamps, shower while the water was still hot and there was enough light coming into the bathroom to shower by, dig out candles, and see if I could light the oven without power. (Answer: no, but I didn't try very hard. Stove, yes, however. Verdict: pilotless gas range is annoying in a power outage.)

As I was fiddling with the lamp next to the bed, my husband muttered, "THIS is the thing you're the ant about."

I read until sunlight failed me, and listened to audio books as long as I could stand staring at nothing while doing so. In other words, I filled about ten of the remaining twenty minutes of daylight.

I crawled into bed next to my husband at 5:00. "I'm bored, so you get me."

Heavy sighs from him and the cats I displaced.

At 5:03 the power came back on. "Seven minutes 'til sunset!" Dann said.

I bounced out of bed. "My life has meaning again!"

~fin~

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amberdine
Dec. 27th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
Hahaha.

I think we had power out for a total of 24 hours, spread over three days, and flickering a lot even when it was on.

I was loaded with flashlights, Palm based ebooks, and yarn projects... but dealing with my bored, annoyed husband kind of nullified all my preparations. Well, I did manage to crochet some while he grumbled. :)
merriehaskell
Dec. 27th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
Yikes! Three days. I would have been a basket case.

My biggest worries were: "What do I do when the cell phone and iPod batteries run out?"

And *then* of course the pipes freezing.
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