One of my new goals is to start spicing up my life a little instead of just complaining about things I don't do/have. I decided that I could start with my blog and it wouldn't cost me any money! Now if only new bedroom furniture and a start to a new wardrobe could be as cheap! :) At any rate, this is my first trial look. I might change it if I decide a. I don't like it or b. It's too cheesy (see a.)
Now to the main adventure... yesterday a transformer blew and it resulted in a major power outage for about 10 houses in the neighborhood. When it first went out at 5:30pm, we all assumed it was out in the entire neighborhood and waited patiently for it to come back on. Our lovely Sunday dinner was about 45 minutes away from being done in the slow cooker. We ended up taking a walk and my smart hubby observed that there were others in the subdivision watching TV, enjoying having their lights on, running the dryer, etc. When we got back, our neighbors had called the power company. The first guy came to check on it but couldn't fix it, and the crew wouldn't be free until 10pm! We ended up with sandwiches for dinner (it also got dark early so we had a candlelight dinner - we should have fed the kids more veggies since they couldn't see what they were eating :). Luckily we were supplied with flashlights, candles, food (nongourmet of course) and even lightstick bracelets to entertain the kids. Since I had a music practice at the church, the fam came along to hang out in the air-conditioning and light. The Simster went down to sleep easily but since the Bubbs is lately a lights-on sleeper, she had some issues.
The crew didn't show up at 10pm. Or 11pm. We were pretty sure we were out for the night - we were blessed with a cool breeze so our house temp still stayed around 78 degrees even without fans or AC. The power beeped on around 1:30am so they must have fixed it. Still, 8 hours without power required a major discardation of pretty much all of the food in the fridge (freezer stuff's okay). I spent all of today emptying out the fridge then going shopping to replenish it. It's amazing how dependent we are on electricity. Although DH and I discussed it and if it had a been a full-blown, major outage, we would still have been okay. We had plenty of light and batteries, a decent amount of non-perishable food available, clothes had been washed, we have a wood-burning fireplace so if it had been cold, we could have had a fire. It was nice to realize that we are at least in a pretty good position right now if it had been worse. As it was, it was just an inconvenience. I mean, DH without computers or the internet for 8 hours? Yikes! :)