So the other night mother nature struck- No I'm not mad at her, seriously not about to piss her off. She has a habit of biting one's ass so I think I'll keep on her good side. Hell hath no fury like mother nature, right? Anyway, dear ole mom left us with another foot of snow. It was so freaking pretty, white and fluffy, I took a few pics....
In all honesty I don't really like cold, wet things. But I don't mind the occasional snow storm. I don't even mind the shoveling, just don't tell my husband I said that, mKthnx. So why am I so mad and who deserves my unrequited anger? ....the F-ing electric company.
See, after it snowed all day, leaving a 'surprise' couple of inches that morning, the weatherman (stupid weather people-they deserve a post all their own, right?) was saying we'd get another foot. So we braced for it, which means the kids got more hot chocolate and mommy finished a bottle of wine. The snow was blowing, hard, sideways at times. There was even thunder snow-which sounds awesome. Then IT happened. The worst thing that could happen in freezing temps and sideways snow. We lost power. During a blizzard. FUCK!!!
This all happened Wednesday night at 8pm. So, for $200 Alex- I'll take, who still doesn't have power? You guessed it, me!
Did I mention we have an electric heat pump? Or the fact that we have a well, so no electricity means no water pump which means, you guessed it no water. By the way come Thursday afternoon I was really regretting my decision not to shower Wednesday.
Before you ask, no we don't have a wood stove, nor are we members of the better preparedness school of thought. Apparently all, and I mean every house on my street (there's only 12 houses including mine) are members of said school and have backup power sources. This should have been a clue to us that it really was a necessity, not just another item on the wish list. Needless to say, my application has been submitted, I'm just waiting on their approval. My Internet searches yesterday included generators, solar panels, and marine battery back-ups. Haven't made my selections yet, I had no idea how much there was to consider. I am also now thoroughly convinced I wanna get completely off the grid and after this experience the husband is pretty much on board. Of course he is currently checking the job listings in southern Arizona, it's 65 there today. Hey, the solar panels would work great there with the 360 days of sunshine they get. Where should I leave the forwarding address?
We've called the electric company, at least thirty times now, and every time we get different-conflicting answers. At first there was a blanket message saying there were a lot of outages and by January 29th all power should be restored to everyone. That was on the 27th. Thursday night we were told they had isolated the problem and a truck had been assigned. Well unless they gave that truck driver an address in China, he should've gotten there by now, right? Yesterday we were told, midnight at the latest, that's midnight last night and as of this am, there's still nothing. Today we were told by noon. Well, guess what? I'm not holding my breath.
And even if the power is restored by noon today, which I think is just as likely as me winning last nights mega millions drawing even though I didn't play, when I checked on the house yesterday it was 45 degrees, inside the house. It'll easily take 12 hours to heat back up to a comfortable temperature. I want to know who's gonna explain to my kids about the dead fish, 2 decomposing frogs, and 3 deceased hermit crabs, all casualties of the freezing temps.
Don't worry about us, we are camped out at the in-laws, then again another 24 hours here and I may have a new post for you. We are warm and cozy. We are fed and showered. And the kids are having a blast with grandma and grandpa to spoil them. I on the other hand am out of wine and seriously considering moving onto something stronger, vodka anyone? Yes, please and make mine a double.
So Dear BGE,
Congratulations stupid fuckers, you're at the top of my shit list. Numero UNO.
BTW, I hate you. A lot. Take your unfulfilled promises, your lies and "estimated times of restored power" and stick em up your...I don't care where you stick em, just as long as it's painful and lasts a long time, like maybe 85 hours.