Power Is Back

The power is back on!

Thanks to everyone for your comments, tweets, Instagram, and FB messages

After my post-by-iPhone last night

Many of you shared your power-less stories and it was comforting to read them while I was charging my phone in the car with Skylar in the backseat.

Scott was in L.A. (didn’t blog about that part) and so I was holding down the fort, alone.

Traffic looked like this for about 300 miles.  Total gridlock.

MY OTHER RECIPES

And there were fire trucks, rescue vehicles, and ambulances everywhere. 

Oh, the sirens.  All night.

I live near one of the largest hospitals in San Diego County and the hospital had backup generators going but I saw doctors in their white coats walking the streets and sidewalks last night, as I was, begging the (closed) grocery stores (but who had employees standing in front of the stores) to give them ice, but struck out.

It was scary, eerie, surreal.

We dined by flashlight

On some random veggies and fruit I had

And I was grateful that I always keep a well stocked freezer.

Of desserts, that is.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls came in very handy

So after I put my personal shopper dancing sidekick to bed

I said a few prayers that Scott would make it home safely

I grabbed a Tootsie Pop

Not banana-flavored

And read the latest issue of YJ…

…by flash and candlelight

I went to bed praying the power would come on overnight, and it did.

There is no real word why almost 2 million people were without power in San Diego County, southern Orange County, Imperial County, and Northern Mexico & Tijuana, but this article cites “Operator error in Arizona”.  <–I wonder if he’ll still have a job next week?

Questions:

1. Some lessons I learned and was reminded of again the past 24 hours:

Keep gasoline in your car.  Don’t run your car down to 1/4 tank thinking you can always get gas later.  Maybe not.  Having gas in my car allowed me to run the A/C and cool off from the 92F heat in short doses as well as charge my phone.

If you don’t have a cell phone, get one for emergencies.  It was my lifeline.  Cell phones don’t always work in emergencies but not having a phone would have made an already bad situation much worse.

Stay calm.  Don’t panic.

Don’t drive if you don’t have to.

Don’t open the refrigerator/freezer doors once you realize the power is off.  Keeping them closed will prolong the life of the food that’s in them by trapping the cold air in.

We live in a world based on electricity and power.  Not having hot water, a microwave, fridge/freezer, A/C, our computers, internet service that runs on your computer, fans, or any other modern convenience was a reminder of just how dependent we are on power and how life can change big time without it.  All kinds of horrible thoughts come into my mind of natural disasters, memories of 9/11, the San Diego fires of 2007, snowstorms from my childhood, acts of terrorism, and memories of news-footage-type-stories that show people in hard times and there’s never any power.  Not having power shuts our world down in an instant.  People panic, there is crime and looting, the sick and elderly can’t get ready access to medial attention, and it just adds such a dimension of chaos.

I am reminded that I am not in control of everything.  That none of us are and that we are at the mercy of the world around us, Mother Nature, and the powers that be.

Once again, it reminds me to be grateful for what I have in life:

Grateful

Firecracker & Gratitude

Being Grateful & Thankful

I am grateful for my health, my child, food, clean & running water.  And power!

Have you lived through any kind of natural disaster, being without power, or harrowing experience?  How did you feel?  What did you learn from it?

TGIF!

Now if you’ll excuse me while I clear out the 250+ emails since yesterday afternoon I have in my inbox..

34 comments on “Power Is Back”

  1. so glad you got the power back and everything is okay. obviously you handled the sitch like a champ.
    last year I almost got in the way of a tornado that felt like touching down in Queens and I kind of froze. it was really eye opening to me, that I didn’t know how to react in case of a disaster. so strange you’re writing about this, i was just thinking about that the other day.

  2. Being powerless is horrible when you don’t have a generator. Thankfully after hurricane Ike nearly everyone in Texas keeps one ha :) We were powerless here for a week+ some powerless for two weeks. It was horrible. Trees down everywhere, roads blocked, areas flooded.

    Natural disasters are horrible :( A good thing though? It brings everyone together to help each other out. Like my father was walking around the street with neighbors clearing the leaves in front of gutters so the water could flow again. Sometimes positive things come from really horrible events.

  3. raw almonds

  4. oops! posted fav snack in wrong place

  5. So scary Averie! I am so glad to hear that all has been restored. I am also so glad that nothing happened to you and your little one.

  6. I definitely agree with having more than a quarter tank of gas at all times! My gas light came on as I was driving home from work and I wasn’t too concerned because I didn’t know the magnitude of the outage at that point. I had to weigh the options of staying at my house alone in the heat or going to a friends house 10 miles away and risk not knowing if I’d have enough gas to get back home if the power didn’t come back on in time. Luckily I made it home fine, but I was worried I was going to end up on the side of the road! Two of my friends left their cars on the side of the road and had to have someone pick them up because they didn’t have enough gas to make it home with all of the traffic.

  7. Hehe, you’re iPhone is too clean – only on page of apps! I have 6 pages and many are folders of apps! :-p

    That’s just crazy about the power, what a fluke!

    1. Yes, more hurricanes than I care to remember while living in Florida – roof damage, days without power, no gas, empty grocery stores, road insantity with out traffic lights, debris everywhere – awful times I don’t miss and a not-so-fun benefit of living on the beach on the east coast. We were lucky to live on the main power grid, so power outages never lasted more that a few days. But some more rural areas were without for weeks while all the mics. lines were repaired. I learned to be thankful to power and never to take being able to buy gas and groceries anytime for granted.

  8. I actually haven’t lived through anything major, so sometimes these things don’t feel “real” to me. Exactly why I have started to create an emergency plan because I don’t want to be completely unprepared.

  9. Holy crap girl – you get A LOT of emails! How do you find the time for all of those!!??

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