As any local knows, we had a massive storm here on Friday night. This left us without power for the duration of the weekend. How ironic is it that I was in the middle of writing a post about living life more simply? Anyhow, as silly as it sounds, being without power for a few days has really inspired me. You see, I was having one of those cynical moments before all of this happened. Really feeling pretty grouchy and uninspired. I had a long list of projects I wanted to do, but didn't. I had friends I wanted to see more of, but didn't. Ideas for this blog, and life in general that I simply wasn't putting into practice. Lots of excuses. Then this stupid storm hit.
At first it was sort of fun. I drank wine and we played board games by candle light. We all assumed the power would come back by morning. Not so. As time passed, and the house grew hotter, and we heard the power wouldn't return until Wednesday, we became disheartened. Waking up to the second morning without power made me want to cry. During those 48+ hours without electricity, we really became appreciative of our friend's and family's generosity. They provided us with air conditioning, meals, good company and distraction. I don't know what we would have done without them. Honestly. We also saw the community come together to help each other in a way you don't get to see very often. It was pretty amazing.
Now I won't lie and say that I wasn't cranky and in desperate need of personal space during all of this. Or that I wasn't fantasizing about the boys playing video games and watching cartoons for an entire day while I caught up on laundry. But when I went to bed last night, I felt grateful. Happy we have the luxury of power, and clean clothes and I don't have to use a lantern when I go pee. I woke up this morning feeling refreshed and ready to tackle all of those long lists. And do some laundry.
1+2+3 // pet pictures after the storm. I was bored.
4 // fried green tomato sandwich. the tomatoes were casualties of the storm.
5 // sunday morning. non-perishable breakfast.
6 // electricity!
7 // a good night's rest and dirty little feet.