The Power Went Out and Books

Before you jump to any conclusions, we didn’t skip paying our electric bill 🙂

A recent storm knocked out power to our area for a wonderful 48 hours. The likes of which we haven’t seen since Hurricane Sandy took our power out for 11-14 days, the roads were a mess, and you couldn’t go anywhere. Then right after, there was a massive snowstorm to complicate things!

It was a delightful time had by all.

Luckily, this time around, we live near my mom’s house to we were able to stop by easily after the storm and keep an eye on her as well as help her out as she needed. After the first 12 hours, I believe we all thought it was impossible that the power outage would continue on. Yet, it did…

We had and heard of a few other people who had PTSD pop-up in this instance, and we were all going a little batty looking for places to charge cell phones and worrying about our fridge and freezer defrosting and losing all of our food. Certain areas luckily still had power, so we were able to pop over to my aunt’s for a day to charge our phones to keep up on what was happening.

A funny thing happens when the power goes out… everyone opens their front doors. Neighbors call or text each other, or even step outside and have a conversation. My mom and I sat on her porch and chatted with neighbors the second day, and I checked in on a few elderly neighbors around us to see if they needed anything. It’s so nice when that happens and reminds me of growing up when everyone kept their front doors wide open for fresh air or light through the storm door, or just people chatting about a shared misery.

The annoying thing about this was that many people now after the superstorm hit years ago have generators. Within the first few hours, the quiet still air of the outdoors was filled with the obnoxious whirring of generators that were loud as heck for a non-stop 48 hours. It was so intolerable to my ears! I can say that there are definitely people on medications or in medical care that need those generators, but those people likely from what I saw, were not the ones running them.

While the lights were out and the children were a bit nutty, we did our best to keep them busy, but the first day was a rainy day so that was hard being stuck indoors. The second day, Chris lovingly took the boys to his parent’s house who had power in another town to swim and play. I spent the afternoon with my mom, then read a little, and finally settled in for the night in complete darkness before the boys got home.

Just prior to the outage I had made it to the library to finally pick up some “Chick-Lit” books to read. I haven’t read any fiction other than the Tattooer of Auschwitz recently which was based on a true story in probably several years. I stick mainly to non-fiction or literary non-fiction these days.

In college, I used to read chick-lit all the time, as it was fun, lighthearted and just a good read. I also liked to read some of James Paterson’s novels which seemed to fly by, too. Since having children, I have lived on a nightly stream of children’s fiction books, which have been fun and now more exciting with Monkey reading regular chapter books to me.

All in all, this was a good first book back. A unique story for the times we live in as well as some twists and turns that were slightly unpredictable.

I have about 3 more chick-lit style books on my nightstand I’d like to finish by Jennifer Weiner (a previous fav author of mine) in the coming weeks, and then read Stephen King’s Joyland at the recommendation of a fun English teacher I work with who introduced me to King’s work after I enjoyed his book On Writing. Of his works, I’ve read Night Shift and Carrie thus far.

Also, since the power went out and it coordinated with my working at the college, I was able to get a bunch of blog posts written and ready to share! There might be another lull for a while after this lot, but I’ll be here and there to keep you updated 🙂

What are you reading this summer?