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My spousebeast, the city boy

How is that even POSSIBLE when he did most of his growing up in Iredell County, NC and rural Delaware?

We lost power shortly after my last post (actually, I was in the middle of a rant-y email to G re: my mother.  It's kind of odd to rant to the boys' stepmom, I know, but she's had at least a taste of the crazy of dealing with my mother.  And I guess it's no weirder than Kent's first wife getting defensive on my account over the way my sister talks down to me on FB).

Eighteen hours.  Not bad, all told, but I have a sneaking feeling the ricotta and the mayo in the fridge may not have survived the ordeal.  Thank the gods I usually do the grocery shopping on Fridays, because this week's list is mostly perishables (The Great Ravioli Experiment, v. 3 is taking place this weekend).  I just checked, and all of the stuff in the freezer is still frozen.  Could have been much, much worse.

Boy howdy, though, did this throw into relief my life experiences vs. Kent's.  I knew we were looking at hours (although, frankly, I'm surprised it took as long as it did.  We live a few blocks from the police station, so that's usually a priority).  When I lived in the mountains of SW Virginia with my ex, 8-10 DAYS without power happened at least every other year.  Try no way to get out (the nearest paved road was +/- 1/2 mile from the house), no water (we had a well), and melting snow for formula on a propane grill.  THAT sucks.

He acted like it was the End Times.  Good grief...we still had enough hot water so he could have a shower this morning!  And we have a gas stove, so it isn't like we would have starved.  He didn't have to dig a latrine.

[To give y'all an idea of where I used to live, Whitetop Mountain was the view out of my loft bedroom window: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitetop_Mountain]

I mostly found it annoying, because I missed Survivor and Law & Order: SVU.  But it was kind of cool to sit around by candlelight and just talk, ya know?  It's not like we don't talk, but there is something about sitting in the dark, with no distractions, that changes the way you communicate.

He did NOT find it amusing when I said I kind of wish this happened every so often.  He's blaming it on my recent habit of binge watching Little House on the Prairie.

Ths morning, since there was no way to make coffee, he decided to go in early for breakfast and invited me to come with.  I was going to invite myself along anyway--there is no reason I would have put on real pants and a bra at 6 in the morning otherwise--but it was very sweet that he asked.  <3  And I can safely say that the home fries at UNC Hospital are AMAZING, if not quite as good as mine (actually, they have really good food, especially if you consider it's, you know, hospital food).

I stopped by Walgreens on the way home (ours gouges the hell out of you for most everything, but they are the cheapest deal on toilet paper and disposable razors in town) and found fleece lined leggings on clearance for $3.19 a pair.  SCORE!  And I have racked up enough points on my frequent buyer card thingy for a $20 gift card, so I might go back and get a couple more, now that I know the M/L actually fits my hips AND covers my legs without being capri length.  Shame the black ones aren't on clearance, but I can rock maroon and red.  And who gives a fuck, as long as they're warm?

I will say they were nice and cozy when I came home and the house was 65F.  Not terrible, but a little chilly when you've been strolling around in weather running at about 35F with the windchill and no remaining hot water for a shower to warm up.  Leggings, sweatshirt, and fuzzy socks FTW!

I have become such a weather wimp.  Also, I should not have had two cups of coffee this morning, because I have the attention span of a gerbil on crack.

Enough babbling.  Time to see what's salvage-worthy in the fridge.  Pray for the ricotta, y'all.  :)

Comments

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gonzo21
Feb. 25th, 2016 08:38 pm (UTC)
You know an indoor toilet can be flushed with a bucket of water when the power is out and the cistern isn't refilling? No need to be digging latrines. :)
mac_arthur_park
Feb. 25th, 2016 10:04 pm (UTC)
When I was living in the ass-end of Virginia, we had to ration water when the pipes froze. Disgusting as it was, a latrine made more sense.
1_rhiannon_1
Feb. 25th, 2016 08:43 pm (UTC)
I hate to say it but I'm with Kent on this one. Actually, I can't even lie - I don't hate to say it. It throws me so out of kilter when our power is out! I had days of no power when I was growing up (we lived in VERY rural NC, like almost in Virginia) and that sucked so hard. Hurricane Hugo was misery for me and I never forgot it. I can own it - I'm a material/creature comforts girl right down to by bones!
mac_arthur_park
Feb. 25th, 2016 10:08 pm (UTC)
Kent's blaming my attitude on the fact that I grew up where heat and indoor plumbing was an if/maybe, not a given.
1_rhiannon_1
Feb. 26th, 2016 04:09 pm (UTC)
And that may be a factor. You've had experience dealing with the no power thing, so it doesn't decimate your world if you don't have it. I'm spoiled as hell and big enough to own it - it wrecks me when the power goes out.

I'm just really glad your frozen stuff held up!!
mac_arthur_park
Feb. 28th, 2016 03:11 pm (UTC)
That was my biggest fear. Losing seafood stock would be a tragedy.
theacidqueen
Feb. 25th, 2016 09:53 pm (UTC)
Haha I kind of enjoy a power outage, too. During the snow storm after Sandy we lost power for like 5 days, we wore hats and scarves and gloves in the house, and cooked soup and pizza on the grill in the snow haha. On the 4th day though I took my dog and went to stay with a friend in Trenton because I was worried about it being too cold in the house for my doggie.
mac_arthur_park
Feb. 25th, 2016 10:06 pm (UTC)
I kind of liked being taken out of the normal day to day for a bit.

However, I am also happy to have my computer back. And to have cold beer. :)
theacidqueen
Feb. 25th, 2016 10:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's nice to have everyday distractions removed for a little while. But then yay, the internet is back! Haha.
sullen_hearts
Feb. 25th, 2016 09:58 pm (UTC)
Nine days without power, oh my! Gosh.
mac_arthur_park
Feb. 25th, 2016 10:05 pm (UTC)
With a 3 year old, an 18 month old, and an oversized toddler disguised as an adult. Whee!

This was nothing.
sullen_hearts
Feb. 25th, 2016 10:10 pm (UTC)
I can't comprehend it. I don't think I've ever been without power for more than a couple of hours at most. Your country is so big sometimes, it's easy to forget that a lot of it is really rural.
communitybee
Feb. 26th, 2016 10:14 am (UTC)
Ack! Men are like that... When our furnace was not working correctly, Mike was freaking out!!!!
davesmusictank
Feb. 26th, 2016 09:34 pm (UTC)
Indoor toilets are easy to flush with a bowl of water if the power goes out. we had a power out once and needed to flush the loo, so that is how i know.
twissie
Feb. 26th, 2016 11:26 pm (UTC)
Lol the last time the power went out here, I had to scramble around the flat with my iPhone flashlight on, I eventually found candles, but couldn't for the life of me remember where I'd stashed them. I have since moved them so that they are within reach if it ever happens again XDDDDD

Internet tethering and laptops sort of feels like cheating during a power outage, but it was nice to be able to just... carry on ..... in the dark .... as if nothing had happened. Of course, I'd save battery power if I knew it would last for a long time, but ehhh. 8D;;; I have no idea what I'd do for food if I lost power for days on end. ..... I wonder if I'd even be able to get back into my building, we have an electronic key system O_O;;;;;;
annelaure
Feb. 27th, 2016 04:47 pm (UTC)
He's blaming it on my recent habit of binge watching Little House on the Prairie.
I see nothing wrong with that.
Or Dr Queen... ;)
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