First of all, Merry (belated) Christmas to everyone!!! Chad had Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off for the first time in FIVE YEARS this year, and I was so thankful to be able to spend this most precious holiday with him. We got to go to the candlelight Christmas Eve service together, sleep in, open our gifts and then spend the day enjoying our new toys…until the snow came.
As the Weatherman, Chad knew (and therefore I knew) about the snowpocalypse that was going to hit us on Christmas night. Others did not heed our warnings – in fact, we should have heeded them more ourselves! Alas, we did not.
It began sleeting early in the day and right around dinner time the big flakes began to fall. After just a few hours, several inches had accumulated and we could hear tree limbs snapping and crashing to the ground regularly. Around 9 p.m., we ventured outside to frolic and play the eskimo way – Chad did manly things while I built a snowman with some neighbor kids and took pictures :) A few minutes later, transformers lit up the sky with bright flashes of light – and then we were surrounded by complete darkness.
At the same time, a car tried to make it up the hill near our apartment building. Chad, being the helpful Michigander that he is, ran up to help the poor fella (who did not understand the concept of letting the car rock back and forth for momentum and then PUNCHING IT to get up the hill). They eventually decided to coast down to the bottom of the hill and start anew – and then a huge tree limb fell in front of the car. The driver then made his girlfriend and their 2 year old daughter get out of the car (out of fear that a limb would fall on the car and injure them) and I invited them into our dark, but still warm house. The ladies chatted it up while the boys put the car somewhere safe for the evening. How’s that for southern hospitality?
When it was all said and done, we had 10.3 inches of snow. TEN POINT THREE INCHES!!!
The power going out around bedtime isn’t that big of a deal. But when you wake up and it’s freezing and you have no food (and the food you DO have requires cooking), it’s a far worse situation. We scavenged for what we could, and then I cried because I felt overwhelmed by all the things I need to get done in the next few days, the fact that I was hungry, and the fact that I was cold and it was only going to get colder. I even called around to some pizza a
nd Chinese delivery places to see if they’d bring me food – they said our road was too dangerous because of the hill. And Chad had to leave me to go to work (he had to walk half a mile to a place where a big news truck could pick him up – THAT IS HOW SNOWED IN WE WERE!) So I did what any normal person would do – I took a nap and prayed that when I woke up, this would all be a terrible nightmare! Well, it almost worked – I woke up and the fan was lightly spinning – the power had blinked on! But it only lasted about 30 seconds :( So I headed to my car to read my book in the warmth and charge up my phone. About an hour and a half into that – BOOM! I saw the neighbor’s porch light was on! (I couldn’t see ours because the tree that used to be near our door now covers our walkway and you have to crouch really low to get to our door.) Sure enough, I got in our house and immediat
ely blasted the heat and turned on the lights – HOORAY FOR POWER!!! And then I texted the universe to let them know my perils had ended.
In the immortal roads of Brick Tamland – I LOVE LAMP!!!