The past few days have been … interesting.
Friday night, after work, Eric and I headed to the Verizon store to pick up new phones – the LG Lucid for him (after six years with his flip phone, it was time for him to join the modern world!) and a white, 8GB iPhone 4 for me. We were there for two hours, which was way too long. But! We actually became real grown-ups and started our own plan. Eric got to keep his number – I had to change mine, since it turns out my great-grandmother swiped my upgrade back in March. Having a new phone number is strange – I’d had the old one since I got my first cell phone at 16. Anyway, if anyone has any app recommendations for me, please let me know – right now I have the basics (twitter, facebook, goodreads, gmail, instagram).
Friday night, after playing with our new phones for a bit, I received an email from the county, warning of severe weather. Not two minutes later, the house is shaking from the thunder. I ran to unplug my computer, Eric ran to save our plants on the deck (we have a small container garden that we keep on the deck railing). He managed to save the peppers, but the tomatoes ended up flying off of the deck right as he reached for them, and we ended up losing our tomatoes. As he came back inside, the power flickered, surged, then went out.
Eric’s brand new phone was still plugged in to the wall. When we plugged it in in the car on Saturday, it was dead. Fried. So. Back to the Verizon store we went, and now Eric’s on his second phone. So, PSA – keep EVERYTHING plugged into a surge protector. We had barely any warning before the power surge, and thankfully the folks at Verizon replaced it immediately.
We’ve been without power ever since, charging my phone in the car when we ventured out, and we’re not alone: almost one million people in DC and 2 million between Indiana and DC lost power. Most people around us have power back, but our entire block is out. The power company says we could be out of power until Friday. We’ve had to throw out everything in our fridge and freezer. It’s alternated between bearable and miserable the entire time – during the day, it’s not so bad, but at night, it’s sweltering and almost impossible to sleep. I don’t even mind not having hot water, since it’s so hot in the house that taking a cold shower is almost heavenly. The poor cats are miserably hot – when I left for work this morning, both were sprawled on the tile floor in the bathroom, not moving. I think they have the right idea.
We spent Saturday and yesterday with one of Eric’s best friends, Isaac, playing Settlers Catan and drinking leftover wine from the wedding. Thankfully, I finished Bitterblue on Saturday morning before my Nook’s battery died, and I have a few physical books that I’ve been meaning to read, so we haven’t been bored out of our minds. My phone and my Nook are both charging at work right now, and if we don’t have power by tomorrow morning I’ll bring in my laptop and charge it so I can at least get some writing done. For now, I’m scribbling notes and making character profiles in my notebook for the book I’ll be writing after Flightless and praying that the power is on tonight so I don’t melt. I can hope, right?