Our power company, Southern California Edison, notified us three ways (phone, letter, and a note on everyone's gate) that there would be an "interruption in service" on Thursday, January 20 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.. What do you do all day wit no electricity?
The answer is: NOT MUCH!
I got up at 5:00, to make sure there was COFFEE, and to have time to blow dry my hair. Thursdays, I am free all day, and usually at home, except for a client every other week. It is the beginning of my weekend. It usually means, cleaning the house, cooking or baking, and a nice, relaxing day.
I bustled around until everything went off and the extreme QUIET began. I have lots of natural light in my house, so I thought, it would be no big deal. Brad left for work at 6:30, and there was a beautiful "moonset" outside.
It was still a little dark in the kitchen to do the jigsaw puzzle on my kitchen table, so I did some paperwork. By 9:00, I moved to the patio, and read my book.
10:00 I took Luigi for a walk.
11:00 heated up cold coffee on gas stove using BBQ lighter. Is this what camping is like? No internet, no computer, I'm getting restless. Oh, wait! I have 3G on the i-phone!
1:00 Another walk with Luigi. Time for a nap! Can't sleep. Work on jigsaw puzzle.
2:00 Read another 100 pages of my book.
3:00 BORED!!! Play with Luigi. i-phone almost out of power. Everything I thought to do required power! Laundry...NO, cook dinner... NO, blog...NO, Fall asleep reading on the sofa...YES!
4:00 Another walk. Visit neighbor. Get mail. Read mail. Now what??? Thinking of 40 things I want to google! Need to answer emails!
5:00 countdown. One more hour! House is dark. Light candles everywhere. Phone is dead. Get flashlight. I can do this!
6:00 still dark. Luigi is barking at everything.
6:30 still dark. Getting cold.
7:00 Brad comes home with fully charged i-phone, reads SCE's website. Time has been changed to 11 p.m. Says, "Those ****ers!" Brad walks Luigi with flashlight on dark streets.
7:30 Lock Luigi up in the dark with candles in the kitchen. Go out to dinner and charge my phone in Brad's car. Poor little guy.
8:45 Come home and sit in dark and play with Luigi. Feel CRAZY.
9:30 Go to bed and read by flashlight.
12:30 a.m. POWER comes back on turning on house lights, yard lights, clocks flashing everywhere.
I'm back! YEAH!