Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Things I Learned From A Power Outage

Last night we had a HUGE storm here.  There was wind, rain, lightening, and even some hail.  The power went out around 7:00 pm and didn't come back on until sometime after we went to bed around 11:00.  This storm taught me a few things.

- My husband is awesome.  OK, I already knew this one, but I love it when he proves it to me.  I was at an appointment half an hour away when the storm hit, so Hans was home alone.  This wonderful man of mine managed to get the neighbors' dogs over to our house, and then he wrangled seven dogs into the basement.  While down there, he loved on all of them and did his best to keep them calm through this massive storm.  On top of that, he made sure that all seven dogs were fed and water as close to schedule as possible, AND he kept in touch with me to let me know when it was safe to return home.  Like I said, he is awesome!

-The best meal during a power outage is pizza and brownies.  Obviously, cooking was out of the question, so I decided to pick up some food on the way home.  It was late, so most places were closed.  I finally decided to stop at our local grocery store (which makes pizzas).  Pizza is great in the moment, but it also makes a great breakfast, even if it's cold.  Since we didn't know if we'd have power this morning (we did), pizza was a great option.  Brownies are just tasty.

-Pizza and brownies are TERRIBLE for a healthy diet.  I'm a bit of a pizza whore, so that doesn't help, but I was shocked at how I felt after eating the pizza.  Lately, after I'm done with a meal I've felt full.  Sometimes too full, but generally just satisfied.  After eating my slices of pizza and my brownie, all I wanted was more pizza.  I easily could have finished off the whole thing.  On top of that, I was SHOCKED at how hungry I was this morning.  All I could think about when I woke up was food.  I think it might be time to eat some healthier foods.

-I hate air conditioning.  I know this is odd, but it's true (at least for bed time).  You see, I grew up without a/c.  It wasn't until I was 10 that my dad got a window unit for his bedroom, and that really didn't do much for my room.  I learned how to sleep through the heat and the humidity, and I learned how to cool myself off in a pinch.  Last night, Hans slept with an ice pack (he was dying), and I had a glass of ice next to me.  Before drifting off into blissful sleep, I sucked on a couple of pieces of ice.  It cooled me off, and I felt great.  I then proceeded to sleep a wonderful, beautiful sleep through the entire night.  The night air may have been 86 degrees and humid, but I was happy.  If it weren't for Hans, I'd probably use the a/c a lot less.  Dear Lord, please let the power go out more often.  Thank you.

Last night ended up being quite fun.  My only regret is that I wasn't home to enjoy it longer.  Oh well!  Maybe next time!