1.) insist the husband bring the kerosene heater up from the basement and actually utilize the thing instead of being wrapped head to foot in sweats and afghans (just like x-ray machines, heaters serve a purpose only when on – who cares if it smells?).
2.) buy a Kindle and download ebooks from my library
3.) buy a little gas camping stove which will heat up coffee and make warm meals
4.) if there is time, clean up a little around the house, especially the bathrooms, because they really get disgusting without water
5.) stock up on D batteries and flashlights. Using candles may cause fires and that’s not cool. Literally.
6.) get hand sanitizer and wet wipes
7.) make better food to eat – deli meat doesn’t cut it.
We only lost power from 7ish last evening to 11ish this afternoon, but it was a some-what trying time and I have realized how spoiled I am to have running hot/cold water at the touch of the tap, hot coffee in the mornings, warm meals in the evenings, flushing toilets, and cleanliness that is enhanced with electricity. And I hate being cold. I am so thankful this storm didn’t occur during colder times.
I returned to work at 2pm this afternoon -which was a God-send. I was getting ill-tempered. I feel like I lost a week, when in all reality I only lost a day and a half. I need to re-orient myself, wake myself from the haze. When does Noel have her doctor’s appointment? Is trick-or-treat still on tomorrow evening? Did the kids read enough over the past few days? What am I going to make for the hayride on Friday? Do I have any pre-ops to prepare for at work? I need to fax that patient’s recent progress note to his family doctor’s. When will I be able to run/go to the gym next? How much damage was done to our property and what’s the world beyond Jason’s woods like?
It could have been much worse. My thoughts are with those for whom it was. And I am so thankful for what I have.