87 No-Power Hours

We are now closing in on 5 days—we’re actually at the 87-hour mark—without electricity. (I’m dictating this blog entry to my virtuous [inserted by editor] husband at work.) I’ve been scouring the newspaper, the paper newspaper, for power-outage tips: Turn off or unplug sensitive electronic equipment, blah, blah, blah.

Not being one of the power-priviliged, I’ve also discovered a few of my own:

  • Candles not only light up a dark corner of the kitchen (I get very S.A.D. without light), but they can be a great de-stressing aromatherapy fix.
  • The mall has power—-so (yay!) I could blow-dry my hair using the oh-so-powerful hand dryers in the restrooms.
  • Order ice water at Chick-Fil-A in the food court, where we had breakfast, and you can take the cups of ice home to your cooler.
  • Mostly melted popsicles make great smoothies. (Just add milk; use wooden sticks to stir.)
And lastly, cars are great havens for cell phone charging, AC, and books-on-CD for the kids. We happen to be listening to the ever resourceful Tom Sawyer. Maybe he’ll offer some 19th century-style tips as well.
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