High maintenance
Wednesday February 23rd 2022, 11:00 pm
Filed under: Knit

Last night, Richard set the heat to go to 75 at 7:00 a.m. to try to last us the day.

7:30 a.m., I made a tall mug of hot cocoa. I made a second for him. I made a third for me and poured it into a thermos.

8:15, the lights went out.

He took the car into work because he sure couldn’t do it from here.

I put a long piece of scotch tape across the fridge and freezer side-by-side doors to keep me from having a stupid moment borne of 28 years’ habit of opening those particular doors. (On a side note, if I buy a new, prettier fridge with no broken shelf, how will I ever get one that will hold up as long as that one has?)

I started reading a book.

I drank my cocoa, but to no one’s surprise it was near room temperature three hours in.

I opened the thermos. That cocoa was still hot–careful. It was 1 pm. I sipped away as I finished the book. I thought, if that’s been too warm too long to be safe don’t tell me because I’m only being guilty at that for today.

I made progress on the barely-begun new afghan project.

I made progress on organizing a whole bunch of stuff.

I wished I had more hot cocoa.

I wished the city would hurry up and finish with their power upgrade/maintenance work. I thought about how we live a block or so from the infamous Pipeline 132 that blew up that neighborhood in San Bruno so thank you I’d rather utility work got done right rather than in a hurry. I can wait.

I didn’t want to wait.

I wished for takeout.

And then at 4:30, half an hour early, the lights suddenly clicked on oh thank you thank you.

When he finally got through the commute home, we finished off the lemongrass chicken in the fridge to make sure it wouldn’t go bad.

But the last of the milk in there was still cold.

The scotch tape saved the day.

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When they put a new power pole down the street from us a few years back, the same sort of thing happened. In our case, we had entertainment. People ignored the detour signs, went flying down the next block, made it halfway to the blockage, then had to find a way to turn around. It was fun to watch – especially when several cars did it at once!

Comment by Anne 02.24.22 @ 12:00 am

So, not a great day, but could have been worse!

Comment by ccr in MA 02.24.22 @ 8:17 am

Glad you’re back to normal.

You need a Yeti mug to keep your cocoa HOT. Got one for Christmas from my daughter. It’s fabulous!

Comment by Chris+S+in+Canada 02.24.22 @ 11:02 am

What a day you have had! Here in Michigan we have had repeated power outages on cold days…..sending you sympathetic understanding.
Thank you for continuing to be here!!

Comment by DeAnn Jochen 02.24.22 @ 7:49 pm

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