As some of you may have noticed, I was suspiciously quiet yesterday…but not of my choosing!
I live in Southern California, and my part of the state was hit by some intense winds Wednesday night. In effect, the hurricane/tornado-like winds ripped through my city, felling huge trees, trash cans, etc. Needless to say, yesterday and today (and I suspect even until Monday) was spent on cleaning up the mess. 🙁
But what really surprised me was how lost I felt without electricity. How did the loss of electricity affect me? Oh, let me count the ways:
1. No Internet…translation: no email, no joonmedia.net, no koreandramareviews.com, no facebook, etc. It’s one thing to voluntarily limit one’s access but quite another to have it forcibly ripped from one’s life. 🙁
2. no hot water…for coffee, showers, etc.
3. No power for garage door opener…my car is still trapped inside the garage, so I had to beg my parents for the use of their minivan today for a meeting at work…hence my Internet usage once the meeting was over.
4. No lights…I literally graded for three hours last night by candlelight! Talk about a return to the olden days before electricity! I can still smell the fumes from the candles. 😛
5. No power for refrigerator…most of my food is spoiled. 🙁
Hmmm…I can write more, but I’ll stop here. The past two days of no electricity has made me reconsider how dependent my life has become on electricity. And if my guess is correct, the same can be said for many of you, too, huh?
What did I learn? Quite a number of things, but the prevalent two were 1) appreciate all the comforts and “necessities” electricity bring me and 2) prepare better for power loss in the future.
When you actually think about the preparedness thing, though, nothing much can be done about garage doors or the Internet, but I can certainly make sure to have lanterns on hands next time so that I’m not inhaling smoke from the many candles. Oh, and less perishable foods, too!
What I was most thankful for? That my house remained intact and the people (and canine) inside were safe. Nothing beats that!
I hope you all are doing well. Even though it’s only been two days, I feel as though I’ve been through a week-long adventure out in the wilderness, or at least a short time travel back to the late 1800s. 🙂
Finals are just around the corner for me, so please be patient…recapping will resume once the craziness of this semester ends. And for all you college students out there, best wishes on your exams. I’m sorry that I can’t provide you with nice little study breaks in the form of recaps of ATK. We’ll just have to save those for winter break when I have more time. 🙂
Until next time then…thank you all for your continued “patronage” and patience!