So the other night we had some rain (finally!) and wind, nothing crazy, nothing that would make us think we’d lose power. But when we woke up yesterday morning we were in the dark. The kids schools all had power so they went off to school as usual. My husband works from home and really can’t work without a computer, so he cracked open his new Stephen King book and settled in. I puttered around the house for a couple of hours and quickly realized how much cleaner my house would be without a time sucking computer in it. Seriously, I cleaned out junk drawers, organized games and bins, filed papers, etc. Stuff that I would normally never do given the choice between that and watching the latest online cute puppy video that’s been forwarded by someone whose house is also a mess cause they’re spending their time recording and uploading puppy videos. Damn you, technology.
Since we live in the Pacific Northwest and since our house is surrounded by woods, by 4:00pm it was pretty much dark. We ordered pizza from town and played Rummikub and Scrabble by candlelight. We let the kids eat all the ice cream before it melted. Really kind of a nice mellow night. My 11 year old son was not amused. “You mean there’s NO POSSIBLE way to charge my iTouch?” “Are you absolutely SURE the tv doesn’t work?” “Does ANYBODY have any battery left on ANYTHING?” “I’m SO bored I’m going to die”. This from the most creative person I know. My 5 year old was only concerned with hygiene, go figure. “Can we take a shower?” Me: “No, there’s no hot water.” Her: “So….everyone is going to go to school tomorrow all….SMELLY?” My OCD showering and hair washing schedule has apparently rubbed off on her. Yay. Power came back on around 10:00pm after being out for about 16 hours. So here I am this morning on my time sucking computer, ignoring the dishes and the laundry once again, talking to you.