At 2:16 pm (about 5 minutes after my last post) on Wednesday, the hubby called with the most wonderful news. At the same time, I swear I looked out my work window and saw the clouds part and heard a chorus of angels. We got power at 1:58 pm - the hubby said he knew that because the clock was blinking and showed that we officially had power 18 minutes earlier.
I almost didn't believe it until I arrived home to find the garage door opener working. Then, I walked into a nice, cool, air-conditioned house. After dark, every time I turned on a light, everything seemed just too bright! LOL, after living with one lamp and a lot of flashlights, it's hard adjusting to full lighting again.
There are so many things I took for granted before Ike:
- A dishwasher
- Electric stove
- traffic lights
- washing machine
- cable tv/internet
- my treadmill - since DH was working strange hours, it was near impossible to get in a run outdoors which meant I didn't get to run much at all!
- street lights
- gasoline - readily available with no lines
- fresh produce
- frozen foods - they are still hard to find in my neck of the woods
I know I'll think of a million more, but that's it for now. I am just happy to not have to wake up at 4 am to fill the generator with gas while trying to hold my flashlight under my arm and fight off mosquitos!!!!
Oh, and I'm praying that Centerpoint can get the rest of the area's electricity working again soon. I know what a pain in the ass it is to live without it!
Update - Thursday, 9/25
When we arrived home at 7pm, my garage door opener wouldn't work. I must have pressed the button a couple of times before it hit me - the freaking power is out! Again.
As I unloaded the kids from the car I said hello to the neighbors, who informed me that the power had been out for about an hour. And, they had just bought groceries - including frozen foods.
The kiddo ate her dinner by candlelight and we hung out for awhile. The hubby wasn't home and I was trying to decide if I should grab the dolly and attempt to get the generator out again - most of our neighbors already had theirs going. I opted to just wait and see what happened.
Finally, about an hour later the power returned!
I went on a 25 minute run around our section of the neighborhood. It felt great to get out of the house.