I know I have been away a bit longer than just through the weekend. Ooops. I have been running all around like a crazy person lately. Some of it has been good – but it sure has been hectic. So here’s a quick rundown. This weekend I attended a wonderful party that I wish we could have stayed at longer, then drove 2 hours to a fantastic concert. After seeing 4 amazing bands we then had to brave that 2 hour drive back home… not so fun. Good thing the next day was Sunday, though, because sleeping in was definitely in order.
Fast-forward to Monday when we had a terrible storm blow through. Winds reached 86 mph, there was driving rain, hail, lightning, and some tornadoes a little farther out from me (thankfully I didn’t see any). The wind and rain were so hard and heavy that water was actually forced under the front door at work and caused a semi-flood in our foyer and warehouse. Oh, and it knocked the power out. I’m sure you can imagine the fun time that ensued attempting to clean up the water in the dark. Thankfully we have lots of windows – except in my office (of course) – yay!
Since I live only about a mile from work the power was also knocked out at my house. We weren’t quite like the people in the picture above, although I did have tons of candles lit. Thankfully my Dad lives next door (another story entirely) and he has a generator. We plugged in an extension cord and stretched it on over to run our refrigerator, A/C and television. That really was a lifesaver! Except our cable and internet were also down. Thank goodness for Criminal Minds on DVD!
Work was an entirely different story, though. We really, really need our computers to be able to invoice items and all of the other daily operations. Generally power comes up pretty fast for the business where we are, but not this time. There were over 100,000 people without electricity not counting the businesses. We thought we would get power back in the morning on Tuesday, but when I called there was still no estimated time to get it back. I tried limping through work on my tablet and cell phone, but by mid-day it was obvious that wasn’t working and becoming more and more clear that power wasn’t coming back. Cue shopping trip for a generator, setting it up, gassing it up, and stringing together several extension cords throughout the office to get our key equipment up and running. Let me tell you, it was fun crawling all around on the floor – not!
Did I mention that in the middle of all of that I was recruiting for a job opening? Trying to set up interviews on a tablet in the dark is not as fun as it sounds. I also conducted a few phone interviews and coordinated with the President on his schedule for face-to-face interviews. In my dark office. Oh yeah, and I had a funeral to attend in the middle of all of that. I also had to sing 2 songs yesterday so I had to get some music together and try to practice – without a printer or the internet as a guide. Thankfully I’m good under pressure and can “going with it.” No one had any clue that I hadn’t devoted my normal hours of preparation and practice. Everyone said I did wonderfully. Phew!
Today we finally have power, internet, and phone service back in the area – at home and work. That is such a relief, but it also means picking up the slack for the past 2 days without power. I promise I will get back to thoughtful writing and introspection… Tomorrow. I’m feeding my procrastinating side today. Well, not really – I still have a therapy appointment, chiropractor, and dinner with the girls in my group tonight – all by 6:30 pm. And I need to pick up a Redbox rental on my way home to care for my sick husband – who has been vomiting today. Hopefully it’s not from the boil advisory we received for our water – because I drank that stuff, too (The power outage also knocked out the water processing plant, so we could have any number of unknown bacteria in our water – which they didn’t deem worth telling us until 12 hours after we had been drinking said water from the tap). See you around soon!