Hear about the Northeast’s Halloween Weekend Nor’easter? It’s like a big, giant snow monster came and stomped a huge foot onto the tops of all the trees. SQUASH. Any trees that were near a power line took down the line and, of course, knocked out power for miles around. I’ve been without power since Saturday night. This morning, it was a chilly 52 degrees in my house. The schools are closed today and they have even canceled Halloween because there are so many live wires hanging on the streets. A good friend who’d heard about my predicament said that today would probably be the first Monday Blog I’d miss.
Well, friends, where there is a will, there is a way.
Actually, it hasn’t required me to be too willful as my friend, just one street over has her power (seriously, how can that be?). So, in exchange for chaperoning a warm house full of teenagers (including mine who have been here at her house since Saturday) while she is away at work, I have wifi and running water. I am going to enjoy it until about 4:00 when I think that we will have most certainly worn out our welcome. Then it will be back to the cold and powerless house which, we have heard, might be the situation until the end of the week. I’ve yet to see a single utility truck so I believe it.
I know that when life gives you lemons you are supposed to make lemonade. So, today I present to you a baker’s dozen things I’ve learned from a weird, Halloween weekend snow storm that cancels trick-or-treating and wipes out power for a week.
1. If you aren’t the type of person who enjoys camping, you will be able confirm this fact about yourself.
2. You will get a deeper understanding of water usage and conservation when you discover how much water it takes to flush a toilet completely. And I mean completely.
3. If you hate soft, gooey chapstick, you will find that 52 degrees is just about the perfect temperature to keep it at the right firmness.
4. You might realize that you have some slightly obsessive-compulsive hand-washing practices when water stops flowing from your faucets.
5. There are things in your refrigerator that no one should eat. Or see. Or smell.
6. A power outage will give you the opportunity to remove these gross, smelly things from your refrigerator.
7. The stuff that makes heat in those funky, little handwarmers is air-activated iron. Who knew?
8. 24-hour access to the internet is awesome.
9. Washing your face with cold water really does wake you up. Or something like that.
10. Showers are not at all overrated. In fact, they might be underrated. I like them. A lot. Especially when the people I am around take them, too.
11. You can flick the light switch a million times when you walk into a room but, until the power is restored, the lights really won’t turn on.
12. Relating with family members is probably easier with 21st Century distractions like television, computers and video games.
13. While at a friend’s house to take advantage of their electricity, you might find yourself unfamiliar enough with their dishes that you eat your cereal out of the cat’s bowl.
So, the lemonade is a little sour today. Hey, listen, not every day is sunshine and roses. Have a good week, lovelies!
TRY THIS WEEK: Be grateful for Benjamin Franklin.