Ok…so I’ve been MIA for a week! Only because someone named Sandy decided to come pay us a visit and totally upend my life!
We lost power on Monday afternoon, and are still sitting here in the dark – and now it’s starting to get cold… We lost everything in our fridge and freezer except 3 bell peppers and a lemon. Our 150 gallon hot water tank is far from hot. The school district I work for has been closed all week, and it will be a miracle if we open on Monday given all I the downed trees and power lines, not to mention flooding and damage to homes and buildings.
To most, this may sound like a laundry list of complaints. To me, I am thankful that these are the greatest of my worries. Amidst the destruction, my family and friends are safe. My house is still standing. And here are some other things I am thankful for – silly as they may seem…
1) My husband’s crazy habit of buying me Yankee Candles for every occasion known to man. They have kept our house well-lit, however it does smell a bit funky since they are all different scents…
2) My new grill. I bought it a few weeks ago after going the entire summer without one. I contemplated just waiting until the spring, but got this one at an end-of-season tent sale. It has been a lifesaver!
3) My built-in sense of improvisation. I can make just about anything work. I made scrambled eggs on my grill the other morning. I made quesadillas out of chicken burgers. Not sure what tomorrow will be, but it’s looking an awful lot like PB&J for a while.
4) My thermos. Silly? Not at all. I boiled water at my office yesterday afternoon around 3:30. This morning, my assistant burned her finger pouring water out of the darned thing, and tonight it’s still hot enough to make (much needed!) hot tea. She was so impressed that she had me order one from Amazon for her – and I ordered a second one. It’s a Thermos floating insulated bottle – I think model 2595 or something like that. Looks like a grey torpedo. Best $30 I ever spent – on an insulated beverage container anyway.
5) Zumba. Yes, Zumba. Going to class tonight literally saved my sanity. There’s only just so much sitting around in the dark reading on an iPad one person can do! I really needed a pick me up today, and as usual, Eva picked me right up. We had a fun crew tonight, and it was just what I needed.
6) My iPhone – without which I would have had no access to the outside world this week – including the ability to check up on friends and family via Facebook, get emergency notifications from the city, follow Twitter feeds of the local EOC, or write this blog post.
That’s it from here – before my battery goes. I won’t be able to charge it again until I get to work. I really don’t want to have to run my car to charge it given the run on gas around here… I paid $48 for a half a tank before because all they had was premium. I don’t think my 8 year old car with 125,000 miles on it will know what to do with that much octane…
Stay safe, and be thankful.