First, during my preparations I noticed the new LED flashlight, complete with batteries, had a belt clip which is a great feature so I wasn’t constantly wondering where the flashlight was when it got dark. But I could still walk into the windowless bathroom, with the flashlight in one hand and flip the switch with the other. At which point again, I wondered what part of the electric being out didn’t my poor dear brain comprehend. I didn’t just do this once, I did it repeatedly!
Once the curfew was lifted I ventured out for ice. Again, I have become so used to all the things electric that it seemed around each corner was another ah ha moment of, oh, that doesn’t work either, that I really should have anticipated. The neighbors had told me where to get coffee and turned right out of the condo but I turned left and to my horror saw the traffic light wasn’t operating. Again – this comes as a shock to none of the rest of you but my brain had not thought that far ahead. Okay, if the light is out, you treat it as a four way stop. Okay, I need to make a left turn. Get in the right lane and go right. I refuse to try to make a left turn from a two lane road onto a six lane road with a 50 mph speed limit without a light. After a while I made a left into a nice little plaza, and exited and found another light with people directing traffic and eventually after meandering about five miles out of my way arrived at a grocery store with power and food and ice! By this point I realized I had to get back home, across that same six lane road but was able to map out a plan. A plan where I had to turn right at that intersection, not cross it.
Again, against all the advice, I opened the freezer door. But my freezer isn’t that good anyway, so I quickly came to the conclusion, I needed to throw away the contents of my freezer. I really wish it was New Year’s so I could make a New Year’s resolution to be mindful of what I put into the freezer. Some was well labeled. Other things, no. Living alone I cook a lot of dishes with ground meat, and I usually freeze what I have left-over. I need to make a plan to use what I freeze. Also, I don’t need to keep things I am not going to use. The real fruit popsicles are a good example. They aren’t ice cream and I am not seven years old so no one is being fooled. Once I went out and purchased Klondike bars they should have gone into the trash.
The most interesting find was a snack size ziploc bag with three ginger cookies inside. I guess I was being good and making portions and I suppose for whatever diet/health kick I was on at the time it worked, because they were lost in the mad pile of frozen veggies and Lean Cuisines but I felt bad for the three little cookies.
Electricity has been restored, I go back to school tomorrow after four school days off and the neighbor’s tree was just tall enough to hit my kitchen window but not do any damage. I am truly thankful for wifi and cable and people with chainsaws but mostly grateful for traffic lights!