Wow…it’s been a long 8 days. Last Monday night we lost our power and we just got it back last night. Thankfully we are on the 3rd floor and our unit was not damaged. We think our car might have been flooded, but we haven’t been able to confirm yet because the garage we rent doesn’t have power yet (Update-the car is totaled). Despite all of the stress and frustration, I know we are so blessed and lucky to be OK. Many, many people in our community lost everything and our hearts go out to them.
Here are some of the things I’ve learned over the past week:
- Our condo does have hot water when there’s no power. The water heats in the tank and is stored until you use it. For 3 days the boyfriend showered and told me that the water was “warm”. I thought he meant there was residual “warm” water in the pipes, so I didn’t bother to shower, knowing that I’d be freezing about halfway through my shampoo. No, he meant the water was normal… and for 3 days I didn’t shower because I was confident I’d freeze to death. Now we know.
- Our building does not have emergency lighting and the hallways are really dark and scary with no power. Wind up flashlights are invaluable because batteries were sold out the first day of the storm! Thank goodness for candles, which we had plenty of thanks to my couponing.
- MREs (military issued meals) aren’t that bad, we were given one and tried it out of curiosity. Thankfully we had plenty of food and were even able to give away a bunch to people in need.
- We need to buy a windup radio/cell phone charger. Not knowing what’s going on during an emergency feels terrible. Hype or not, I would have wanted to know what was going on in the community.
- People are generally good spirited. I was amazed by the generosity of the people in our community. Free food, free water, hot coffee, free charging stations to charge your electronic devices (all by other good Samaritans, local restaurant owners, and community people). The national guard and army were here too, but generally the biggest generosity we saw was from other individuals, not the government. Proof that there are still good people in the world. That warms my heart. This is only one bullet point, but think of it as multiplied by 100
- Halfway through knitting a huge cowl, I bumped the chair I was using to hold my yarn and terribly tangled the skein. It was the only thing I had to do since we had no lights and no power. Jokingly, but not that jokingly, I told the bf I was going to, “lose my shit” if I couldn’t untangle it. For 2 hours the bf painstakingly untangled the yarn and balled it for me so I could continue knitting. Probably, for his own sanity so I didn’t freak out, but man I’m lucky to have such a sweet bf.
- After my first hot shower I asked the bf to bring me in a change of clothes, so I didn’t have to open the bathroom door and freeze while getting dressed-it’s in the 40’s here and there was no heat. (WARNING-This is an over-share so you may want to stop reading). He came back with the funniest, mis-matached outfit and the frilliest, sexiest pair of underpants I own. You know, the pair you’d buy for Valentines day or an anniversary. OK honey, I love you and I’m glad you still find me attractive after 3 days without a shower, but really? Go back and get me the granny panties.