January 15th, 2007

Winter has arrived

A couple of months late, and in the form of an ice storm, rather than pretty snow, but hey. We take what we can get. Then we go outside and turn the generator on.

Give thanks for the lovely generator. All praise the fossil fuels, and spare cash.

Today was _supposed_ to be this lovely day, 4 hours of child care, get my hair cut, go down to the Brookline Reading Group. With the ice storm, I almost lost child care, but she is here and will leave early. I called R. and told him he'd better drive home while it was still light, because an icy tree branch _broke off and landed on my windshield_ on my way to Milford to get my hair cut. Once at the salon, I learned, not surprisingly but still depressingly, that the Incident with the Chlorine damaged my hair. Extensively. *sigh* It's really nice that our water no longer smells like dead fish. Next time R. has to treat the well, however, I'm going to insist on a chlorine test. I could smell chlorine; he couldn't. Turns out, he'd probably burned out his nose with all the bleach he'd been sniffing. I took a shower to get the last of the chlorine off from swimming the day before with Teddy and it was worse than _any_ pool I'd ever been in. Three days of rinsing but not shampooing (I didn't dare) my hair and adding conditioner did not do enough to correct matters. I now have Product that is supposed to help, and shorter hair. I am NOT optimistic.

The windshield did not break. I am still stunned.

When I got home, the power was out, so I called R. back and he explained how to turn it on. It took a bit longer to turn over than usual, but it's pretty cold out so that's no surprise. I really should go put the car in the garage now that I can get the door open.

Reading group is cancelled. *sigh* And here I went to all that effort to read the durn thing and then got sucked into research on top of it.

hmmmm

The one multi day outage R. has ever had here in Brookline was due to an ice storm. Maybe I should look at the weather report and then check the status of the propane tank.

Holy White Stuff, GentleBats, it's going to be coooooooollllld the next couple of days.

I'm now patting myself on the back for insisting on getting the generator when I moved out here the first time.

sometime after that last post

The cable went out. Here's the frightening part: I have an EVDO card. It did _not_ work about an hour or so ago, but it is working now. Dunno what changed, but I couldn't connect at all before, and now, no troubles. *shrug*

Power is out up and down the road around us. Our next door neighbor, fan of old things (restoring her house in stages, furnishings and everything, to long before electric power) has a fire going and is happily hanging out with her cats. Other neighbors are mysteriously absent. We think we saw them drive up, attempt to drive into the garage, fail, and leave again. But that might possibly have just been someone using their driveway to turn around in. Neighbors across the street have a generator and so they, too, have lights on.

I don't actually have the EVDO card for in-the-event-of-a-internet-connection-failure. I have it because I figured we'd need something after we moved here until we got connectivity here, and I was stuck signing up for a couple years service. I only use it when we travel (and now), since I never seem to go anywhere without the kid and the kid+laptop combo is bad for the laptop.

A generator, an EVDO card and Tivo really change the whole character of a power outage.

I'm pretty sure this is immoral. The fact that it's so much fun is one of the clues.

R. checked the tank. We have about 300 gallons, and he figures we'll run through about a gallon an hour between heating and the generator. *snicker* _Definitely_ immoral, but probably not much more immoral than driving across country repeatedly.