We had a freak snow storm Monday night. A few hours of snowfall left us with an impressive 4″ of white stuff to crunch through, a totally unheard of thing for our coastal town. We spent a few minutes outside in it, letting the dog zip about like she’d been possessed by something snow obsessed, before we went back inside to warm up.
The power had already surged and crashed our computers once earlier that evening. Smarter people would have shut down for the night and resigned themselves to the inevitable. You see, snow might be a rarity for our home, but power outages are always a threat with any of the oh-so-frequent storms we get throughout fall, winter, and spring.
So when the house went dark just a few minutes after we came in from the snow around 11pm, we were irritated but unsurprised. Mostly we were disappointed. We were looking forward to finding out who the new free-to-play League of Legends champions would be and, of course, concerned about the loss of precious EQOA time. It’s not uncommon for our power to be out for days, and EQOA’s days are numbered.
We live just outside our small town, but those that lived in town got power back that same night. Most people probably slept right through the outage. The power didn’t click back on for us until Thursday around 6pm. When the lights jarringly flashed on, we were both startled but relieved. We’d already heard warnings of a wind storm Friday night, and we knew they couldn’t work on our areas with high winds.
It’s quite frustrating not knowing how long the power will be out for. At one point, a call to the electric company suggested that people stay with friends and family, a sure sign that it might be days still before power returned. We dove helplessly into books, not wanting to waste the few battery-powered toys we have in case this went on too long to stand.
My sleep became erratic. I was sleeping a few hours at a time; it was just too dark. I couldn’t eat much, though we are fortunate enough to have a wood stove to cook on. Only a few days went by and everything fell apart. It’s strange how electricity rules us, like how we still click on the light switch, even though we’re carrying around a lantern.
And, you know what really sucks? The snow didn’t even stick around very long.