What did we do back then?
Friday, June 25, 2010
Some pretty fierce thunderstorms came through the mid-Atlantic yesterday afternoon. You may have heard about the hurricane force winds that tore up Bridgeport, CT. I'm not in CT, but we had some severe thunderstorm activity in South Jersey as well.
The skies opened up around 3:30 PM and the lights began flickering almost immediately. By 4:00 PM we were in darkness. Yes I say darkness because the storm clouds made it dark outside also. I came home to a house with a confused husband and 9 teenagers. One of the younger girls left soon after, but I was then faced with 3 18-year old boys, 4 18-year old girls and a 15-year old. And there was nothing to eat.
You see my sister was in town and I was planning to go to dinner with her and my parents so I hadn't planned dinner. Since I joined sparkpeople, by grocery shopping habits have been changed. About the only snack food I have in the house are Pure Protein bars, not exactly a teenage boy's favorite.
The kids decided they wanted pizza and now the challenge was to find a place whose power was not affected. We finally did, but the wait was almost an hour, and we were picking it up. Not being a mother of boys, I really had no idea how much they could eat. While the pizza didn't even tempt me, I'm happy to report the group devoured everything and there were no leftovers for me to even pine over.
The hours drug on and with it came the darkness. Almost everyone had left and my 18-year old daughter was going, too, escaping to a house with air conditioning. That left my 15-year old daughter, alone in the house with my husband and me, and miserable. Afterall, what could she do? No computers, no TV, etc, etc, etc. She did have her phone, but there was always the concern of needing to recharge the battery.
Then the guardian angel arrived in the form of her friend, inviting her to spend the night. I'm not sure who was happier, my daughter or me (the whining had ended). Arriving back home I was excited to be able to lay my head down and go to sleep. My husband took a chair and an ottoman and I collapsed on the sofa. My older daughter came home just before midnight and I found her this morning on the living room floor. I only woke up one other time during the night and that must have been right after our power was restored, around 3:00 AM. I got up, turned off all the lights, adjusted the thermostat and went back to sleep for a couple of hours. Alas all is back to normal.
When it's dark outside and there's no power, the only think I find myself doing is trying to relax and sleep. I was too tired to read, having gotten up at 4:30 that morning. I have some friends at work who were still without power this morning. Hopefully that will all be corrected by the time they get home.