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Returned to Civilization, Halleluja

Ok, the first day was fun, the third days was pure "Lord of the Flies" territory. At last the windpocalypse is over, and we have power again at the Monkey House. The things I missed the most:
  • The Internet

  • Light before 8 AM and after 4 PM

  • Dishwasher

  • Coffee! I saw a line 50 people long on Friday at the only Starbucks with power...
  • Warmth

Things I secretly enjoyed:
  • Reading by candlelight

  • Using the fireplace for days at a time

  • Burrowing deep under layers of blankets

  • More time with people, less time with screens

  • Singing to entertain the baby

Apparently Mercer Island and points west are still without power, AKA Woodinville, Duvall, Snoqualamie, North Bend, Carnation.


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Dec. 18th, 2006 06:26 am (UTC)
I enjoyed reading by candlelight that first night, too, but the dishwasher and coffee parts were killers.
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I quickly started making tepid tea, since we still had hot water. By the time it was done steeping, it was cold. *sigh*
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC)
Welcome back to civilization!

Just wondering, did you get the voicemail I left you a few days back about lunch this Thursday? I have a holiday gift for you and S that I'd like to pass along.
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
You know, our phone was out until Sunday morning, and my parents left me a series of increasingly worried voice mails. Stupid cell towers.

Yes, Thursday is good! I'm happy to work out details by email or phone.
Dec. 18th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
I loved it when we lost power here during that big outage three years ago. We played Monopoly by gas lamp. It was awesome.
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have to admit the first day was fun. I was crawling the walls by Sunday though.
Dec. 18th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
Hehe. Yeah. Painfully, my fince, who I didn't meet for another month or so, turned 18 the first day, and was supossed to go out clubbing that night. Not only could she not go out clubbing, but her ice cream cake came very near to melting. So we have very differant views of the event. :)
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
And east, including Fairwood, which is us.

Dec. 18th, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
Alas. I understand the power crews are working without rest and going as fast as they can. Hope you get your power back soon.

That said, my neighborhood still has trees literally leaning on power lines (which are still in service, apparently).

Dec. 18th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
Welcome back to civilization. I agree with everything you posted, except I actually ended up spending less time with people I knew (but more time with nameless and increasingly annoying crowds). :\

But yeah, breaking out the backpacking gear and putting the cast-iron pot to work in the fireplace were highlights. :D
Dec. 19th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
Cast-iron pot? Very cool.

Somehow, I'm picturing a tent, maybe some fleecy mittens. :)
Dec. 19th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Hmm... a tent would have been fun. :D
Dec. 19th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
Yep. We did four days crammed into a hotel room back when my infant son needed nebulizer treatments 6x a day. It gets old. But it leaves you with some interesting memories.
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