BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL, WE HAVE POWER!
RIP one minnow... just got too cold, I think. No power for about 12 hours, it's back now.
Amazing what one can do on just 20 minutes of sleep. Knew the phone was going to ring last night, just didn't expect it to ring so early... dropped off to dreamland around 12:45, phone rang at 1:05. Oh boy, time to shovel. hnrrrgghhh... took about an hour to get dressed, clean off the car (yay ice!), slide down to the shop, warm up the truck and get IT loaded with all the STUFF we needed, and slide out of the driveway to go pick up Jess. 4-wheel drive is a Good Thing.
It poured down rain most of the night. Thank you, thank you, a thousand times thank you, mom and dad, for my rain gear. I was dry for most of the night, till the water started dripping down inside my gloves, soaking the waterproof liner... ick. Didn't work all that well afterwards... On that same train of thought, an inch and a half of slush combined with at least as much rain, which is still falling, is made of SUCK. With suck garnish. and a side of suck.
Saw the new day lighten on glittering tree branches. Branches that were down everywhere. If a little red pickup truck on the side of the road had parked a foot further back, it would have had a rather large tree limb in the bed... Was never really tired, as long as I kept moving. Sore and physically tired, but didn't have fears of falling asleep until we were really, really all done, and I headed back to the office. Returned home at 8:30 to no power, didn't care much. Collapsed into bed, did not move till 2 PM.
Talked to my family, they got it much worse than we did here... Still no power as of the last time we spoke, and the backyard and neighborhood have changed quite a bit. Two BIG oak trees (that have been leaning for years...) came clean out of the ground. Nothing hit their house, but the neighbors have a tree in their kitchen window, and around the block, dad and pet_spider
watched a dozen or so trees just collapse on top of each other. What a mess.
Not quite as bad as the Ice Storm of '98 for number of homes without power, but close. Power will be back on for everybody much quicker than it was then, I think.
We have a hurricane lamp and a gazillion candles for light, but we need to remember to keep our emergency batteries charged and ready to run the weather radio. There are bottles of propane for the Coleman camp stove/burner thingy, so if we needed to, we could boil water and make soup. But no real backup heat source. That's the only thing that really makes me nervous. Tons of blankets and quilts to huddle under, but that doesn't keep my fish and plants alive (which in the grand scheme of things, is really the last thing to worry about, but they are mine, and living things, that require my care... I promised them I would take care of them...).
Tomorrow brings an oil change, and then fencing (hopefully) at Dartmouth College. Anssem... if you see this... email me? Is it still happening? Where is it, exactly, on campus? Garb/no garb? What's going on?!? Where am I? Who are you people, anyway?