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Wind, and More Wind - Power Outage 

Marilyn had Executive this morning, so she had to be at work by 7:30, which was when I finally got up. The wind was blowing hard this morning, with heavy-duty gusts. It did not improve with time...

In fact, I was listening to the news and hearing reports of problems all over the area. We have a local Veterans Day Parade which was being threatened because of issues with power lines on Sandy, the street where it was due to run at 9:45. They got things under control and opened Sandy in time for the parade. This sort of thing always interests us as an organization -- being in the feild of special events means we care what happens with other special events. Weather-related problems are difficult, and the festival deals with them every year...

Marilyn made me promise to stay in, as much as I would have liked to be outside winterizing the house. Oh well. We have a lot of trees, so it is dangerous with winds this high.

Marilyn came home for a break at lunch time, staying briefly before heading back to work.

Eventually we did lose power here, I'm afraid. First the power went off, then back on and immediately off again. Because of our alarm, the was the usual terrible noise that happens when it loses power -- TWICE!

Colin had already been terribly nervous all morning, dashing off his worry, I suppose. He was ripping back and forth through the house, setting rugs flying and so on. So when the alarm made the noise, he ran off to hide. I spent two hours looking for him with a flashlight!

I was on my office desktop computer when it happened.

The house was very dark downstairs. The windows are smaller and have dark blinds covering them, so it's not strange. I stayed in the living room. We have huge windows there, so I didn't need to use my flashlight. In case the power was off a long time, I wanted to save the batteries. There's really not much to do with the power off...

I did phone the alarm company to make sure they knew about the outage -- I didn't want any false alarm issues! Then I called in the outage to our power company. There were 29,000 outages at that point, so they had no idea when we'd get power back.

I read a little, but I spent a lot of time today thinking about a book I'd like to write. I'd been going to work on it when the power went off. I'm not taking that as a sign, believe me!

It was hours before power came back on, and it got pretty cold in the house. I put on warm clothes (really bundled up), but was still cold. So I was wrapped up in a blankie for hours. It was great to get the heat on when the power came back!

We had power just at the time Marilyn was heading home! She got in terrible traffic getting home. The street she uses just outside the office was closed for a tree that was down. It was an extra hour added to her commute home.

I made hot dogs for dinner, which was what Marilyn wanted. It was great to put on a hot pot of coffee!

I was chilled a lot of the day, in spite of trying to keep warm. My friend June told me she just went back to bed. I did dash next door to check on her, because there was no way to call. They don't use their cell phone much, so it's rarely even charged. Thank God I had mine for making calls! Marilyn and I had been talking on the house phone when the power went out -- she said she knew right away what had happened!

I was trying to deal with some IT via phone today. We have a new hire that I need to train on Tuesday next week. I've got Donn going in to do the profile tomorrow. He's also going to deal with Christie's computer issue.

And Christine is going to use iTunes to back up Jeff's iPad, so we can replace it...

The wind is even worse tonight! We could easily lose power again. This wind alert is supposed to run until midnight tomorrow night.

It's funny how tired I was tonight. Maybe from the stress, I don't know...

November 12, 2014 (Wednesday) 11:04 am (UTC)
I hate when you lose power. We are so lucky here to have most of it underground. The waves on the river were huge today with all of the wind. Nicole did the garbage and recycling by herself tonight as she did not want me to get cold. She is a good girl. Need to go back to bed it is after 3am now.
November 12, 2014 (Wednesday) 11:41 am (UTC)
Glad you got your power back!
November 12, 2014 (Wednesday) 03:50 pm (UTC)
Power outages like that make me, at least, realize how much we depend on electricity! And smart phone batteries don't last very long to keep us entertained.
I'm glad you got your power back!