Thursday, November 16, 2006

Scattered Mom and the Very Big, Bad, No Good, Terrible Nasty Storm

When I signed up to participate in NaBloPoMo, I decided that it would be easy to keep up with my blog. I mean really, I can post at least once a day, sometimes even twice. No problem.

The danger of being too confident about something is that invariably something completely out of your control will screw it up. Like Mother Nature. Tuesday night this big storm hit our area and while we didn't have to evacuate our home, we did go through a 15 hour power outage and the mass confusion that followed. Last night I blogged, but I blogged the old fashioned way. There was no computer. Instead I wrote this post by candlelight with a pen and paper while I shivered with cold and snacked on trail mix.

I'm ashamed to admit our family sucks at emergency preparedness. Seriously. A quick inventory at 8am yesterday morning just after the power went out revealed just how woefully prepared we were for this forecast bad storm. I should have known better.
-2 small scented votive candles
-1 tiny, almost empty lighter
-a bit of canned food.
-a charged cell phone

That was IT. No flashlight, no batteries, no radio or propane for the camp stove. No decent food if we had been days without power. No water. (not that enough was pouring from the sky). Nothing. My car hardly had any gas. In our previous communities, we never had power outages. The winds could sound like they were literally going to tear the roof off the house, and our power held. Every time for 8 years. Not this time.

Of course according to Murphy's Law which always prevails in these situations, I had just finished my first morning cup of coffee and John just pulled out of the driveway when the power went out. As I'm just about to get a shower too, so I decide to hold off a bit because the power will come on later anyway, no big deal. By the time I figured it would be a good idea to have a shower, there was no hot water. Not too bright, am I? Ever the optimist, I was also thinking, "At least I got my coffee." One thing I didn't count on was the next fifteen hours stuck in a house with a whiny child and no coffee. It wasn't pretty. Think about it. No coffee. No hot water. Torrential rain, winds over 100 km/hr, no light, no nothing....and a child who doesn't adjust to change well. I was in Hell. Cold, dark, coffeeless Hell.

The phone rang.
"Honey, don't even TRY to go to work. The highway is closed. Trees are down, power lines are down, just stay home." Easy for you to say. You have work where there is power, a coffee shop next door, and computers. I had swiped Jake's tiny book light and was digging through the office trying to find the flashlight I swore we had. Nothing. Candles? Okay, let's use those ones I got for Christmas. Good thing this lighter works. Whew. Light. Mmm. Smells good too.

Jake get away from those candles!

No! You can't do science experiments with them.

Stop blowing on them!

Sneezing counts too!


No, you can't go to a friend's house.

Try reading.
Lego? Cards? You could make a craft. No, the glue gun needs electricity.
I know it's, curl up with me by the fire.
If you keep cheating at Uno I'm not going to play with you.

What did I say about the candles?!

We spent the day curled up in front of the fireplace, bored and cold. There was very little to do as I realized just how dependant on technology our family really is. Even the garage door became impossible to open because of the electric door opener.

The day wore on and soon it became apparent that we may not have power any time soon, with no supplies. I was getting a little worried by then. What were we going to do? I wasn't about to spend a night in the cold, dark house while the wind and the rain raged outside. Do we sit tight and wait for my husband to get home, or take matters into our own hands? There are trees down all over the place, live wires and stuff I chance it?

I decided to listen to the radio in the car, and when the announcer declared that the power wouldn't be restored for another 26 hours at least, I had to do something. Which unfortunately was....venture out into the storm.

You'll just have to come back and see what happens. In the meantime, follow this link to see what yummy snack we created with no power and few groceries.

Did Scattered Mom finally get a cup of coffee? Does Jake burn the house down with the candles? Can they find their way through the back roads of town with out getting lost or stuck between fallen trees and power lines? Will the roof hold? Come back and see tomorrow.

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