How Was Your Weekend?

I had a lovely weekend. If you hadn’t heard we had an ice storm, it was quite the experience. Being without power has it’s advantages since I am nearly finished with a book I have been reading for more than a year now. I also talked to my husband, a lot, maybe more than any wife should in a period of 3 days.

First I must mention that on Thursday night we stayed up listening to the beautiful sound of trees crackling. It was quite exciting wondering if a tree would fall on our house, really gets the heartrate up. It’s like your very own horror movie, I think I should get into acting since I now have emotions to work from.

We woke up Friday morning to the beautiful site of ice everywhere, it was breathtaking. We just sat without any coffee or any heat and just enjoyed the view.

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Did I mention the night before we were startled by the sound of two loud crashes. One was Manly Man’s car, it was quite a site to behold that morning. How many people get to experience a site like that?

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The other loud bang at the time sounded like a tree going through our livingroom, luckily it was only the power cord being ripped out of our house bringing some of the house with it.

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So we sat without power, for quite a while. It then ocurred to us to go out in search of coffee since my head was pounding and I was nearly ready to take my husband down to trade for a Dunkin Donuts. Luckily for my SIL Gemini we hung around their house a lot just because we were sick of each other. By Saturday they had power and were out for the night so we raided their house for alcohol and porn.

We’ve learned our little town is definitely not as important as Gemini’s much larger town, most of us still don’t have power. Mostly due to situations like this.

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I did however learn quite a few things over the weekend.

I cannot survive without electricity, I pondered eating the cats if the food ran out but then realized I’d rather talk to them after a while than Manly Man.
If you usually park your car in one spot, maybe keep doing that because the one time you decided to not park so far up the driveway it will be impaled by a tree branch.
You may not be able to keep milk in the house but beer stays nice and cold when you have no heat.
Make sure to keep friends local that you can mooch off of when you have no power and therefore no shower. Offer then your first born as a sacrifice.
The world makes no sense without internet.
Life means nothing without coffee, go out immediately and search for coffee. Instant coffee sucks a LOT.
Always be stocked up on junk food, it’s the most convenient thing to have when you can’t cook.
We are still without power, it could be another week or more. I’m considered bringing a sleeping bag to work, at least there is internet here.

  1. Nobodyâ„¢

    December 15, 2008 at 10:14 am

    My record was 5 and half days with no power :cold:, after an ice storm in 1991 ripped the power line and meter off the side of the house. Actually, the power was still on when that happened for another 12 hours or so before the entire city went dark. Almost everyone was restored within 24 hours, ‘cept my block that was still out 5 days later when I finally called the power company and insisted that they were full of beans about my block having power. They were WRONG.

    I now own a small Honda generator that can keep the furnace and a few other items powered. So far it’s been good insurance as I haven’t had to use it.

  2. TJ

    December 15, 2008 at 10:55 am

    That totally sucks! Keene really dodged the bullet on this one – we mostly have power and no major issues. I feel for you though. Seems every town outside of Keene is still without power.

  3. Avitable

    December 15, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    I didn’t realize you lived somewhere that had that many trees!

    Another tip to stay warm is to just wear big pants, and then stick your cats in your pants.

    Also, MacGyver made a wireless modem out of a coat hanger, a mousetrap, a can opener, and four pieces of styrofoam. I’m sure you can do the same!

  4. Tug

    December 15, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    That’s insane…I can’t even imagine being without power for that long – I’d drive myself nuts!

  5. whall

    December 15, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Can’t do coffee. I can now feign that it’s a survival thing.

  6. Barb

    December 15, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    OMG. I don’t think there’s any way I could live without power. I’d barely survive just half a day without it, unless it was at night while I’m asleep. You so have my admiration. :bow:

    I’m thinking that the ice/sleetstorms we had last week found its way to you. Because it was actually in the 50s here yesterday! So, my weekend was pretty good. 😀

  7. B

    December 15, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Damn! I hope you get power back soon! As much as I hate snow I hate ice even more!

  8. Maureen

    December 15, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    omg! I don’t know how I’d manage without internet!

    I hope you get power back soon (and get the car and house fixed easily)

  9. themuttprincess

    December 15, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Too bad about Manly Man’s car! Luckily he wasn’t in it!!

    Hope they get the INTERNET restored ASAP.

    Hope you at least have heat!!!

  10. Cheri

    December 15, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Damn that sucks – major!!

  11. Robin

    December 15, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    @Nobodyâ?¢ – we are going to seriously consider a generator once we take care of the damage.
    @TJ – enjoy your heat and electricity for me.
    @Avitable – and of course we don’t have any Styrofoam.
    @Tug – i couldn’t either :twitchy:
    @whall – seriously :help:
    @Barb – thanks for rubbing it in.
    @B – ice seems harmless but it sneaks up on you.
    @Maureen – yeah, i’m losing it a little more everyday. good thing for work.
    @themuttprincess – please pray for us.
    @Cheri – you ain’t just whistling dixie.

  12. crystal

    December 15, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    I don’t know what the temps have been like up by you guys, but our old stand-by of just putting the perishables on the desk wouldn’t even work here – it’s currently 59F outside. But I do remember doing stuff like that in high school when we had a huge storm.

  13. edmcbride

    December 15, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    thank god the beer was still cold!!

    seriously, i’m very happy you guys are alright, and manly man had the patience to hang with you for a few days alone. with no power.

    😉

  14. Gwen

    December 15, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Holy shit, dude! That’s fuckin crazy. You seriously need to move here already. Obviously it’s the only logical option and it would mean that you’d always have somewhere to mooch, snuggle, watch porn, babble incessantly about Kevin, drink coffee, shower, watch any number of strange movies or tv shows and did I mention the Kevin talk? (with the extra added bonus of being surrounded by the most universally loved people -Canadians! Hooray!)
    See? Clearly it’s the right thing to do.

    :gwen:

  15. ballerinatoes

    December 16, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Dude – I totally sympathize…about 1 year ago, big ice storm, huge tree in splinters, no power at my house for 7 days. It was an adventure for me and the fella for about a day. And then things went downhill in a hurry. I would have given a kidney for a lamp and a small space heater. If having no power was some kind of character building challenge, I fear I failed miserably. You will never be so happy as when you pull up to your house and the porchlight is on. Sending warm and well lit vibes your way.

  16. Barb

    December 16, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Seriously, I admire you for being able to make it that long without power. And anyway, the weather here has dropped big time. As I type this it’s 14 degrees with a windchill of 5. :cold:

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