Sunday, July 1, 2012

Weekly Menu 7/1 - 7/5

This was not a pleasant weekend.

I'll start off with what was supposed to happen. Friday - Tom and I would go to the grocery store and I'd get the apartment clean. Saturday morning after the cats woke me at an ungodly hour I'd exercise, shower and then out to do some cheap shopping. I'd come back, cut up fruit, and get my baking done. Depending on the humidity I might go to the pool for a few hours before showering again and heading out to meet some friends at the fair in my hometown. We'd hang out in the beer garden (since I haven't been back after turning 21) and listen to Joan Jett. Sunday I'd hang out by the pool and get some posting done on here. Sounds like a relatively normal weekend right? Now this is what actually happened.

Friday night we went to the grocery store and I did a bit of cleaning but figured I'd just get the rest done on Saturday if I skipped going to the pool and moved baking to Sunday. Around 9 PM I just happened to check the Weather.com app on my phone and realized we were in for a mother of a storm. We turn on the news and flip back between that and other shows. Around 11, the storm hit. The entire sky was lit up with lightning for at least an hour. The rain was hitting against the window screens so hard it sounded like it was going to blow them off. At 11:35 PM we switched back to the weather to see how close the storm was. Right as it was telling me, the power went out. Since we're on the 3rd floor and it was in the high 80's with humidity around the same amount, it didn't take long for the apartment to feel like a sauna.

Somewhere around 1 AM when the storm died down, we finally decided to go to sleep. The cats woke me up around 5 to be fed. We still didn't have power but I wasn't all that concerned. It had only been 4 hours since the storm ended. I went back to sleep and woke up again around 8. Still no power. I was mildly concerned at this point considering it was already over 80 degrees in the apartment. Around 11 I realized that we were quickly running out of time before all of the food in the freezer and fridge was going to go bad. Since we live so close to work and I knew the fridge there was empty, I figured I'd drive on over there and pray there was power.

As I'm heading up the road I'm trying to figure out the best way to cross over 4 lanes of traffic (to turn left) without a traffic signal. To my surprise I find that the traffic signal not only works, but the grocery store and other shops are all open. WITH POWER. Interesting. But it gave me hope that we'd have power back shortly. At work, I stepped into a wonderfully refreshing coolness of the a/c. So we packed all of our food in totes and brought it over. We hung out at the office for a little while enjoying the internet and a/c before heading back to heat hell as I was kindly referring to our apartment. On the way back we saw utility trucks slowly driving down our street and I felt really hopeful. After 55 minutes on hold with the utility company I was told we'd have power again around 4. It was 2 PM. So we went out for lunch and did some shopping. I'll fast forward now and tell you we came home and there still wasn't power. I took a nap to try to get rid of my headache and when I woke up, it was like I was lying in a bathtub of water. I took an ice cold shower which did absolutely nothing and started to flip out.

We live in civilization. We're 1.5 miles from a major road. People at the end of that road had power and had it for hours. WHY DIDN'T I? And why was it now 3 hours past when I should have expected power restored and there was nothing? We went back to work for a little while and returned around about an hour later. Still no power. Some neighbors started shooting off fireworks so I decided to watch out the window. And then, at almost exactly 22 hours without power there was a sizzle and POP noise and everything immediately came to life again. Over the hum of air conditioning units coming back to life there was a good 30 seconds of silence where I assume everyone just stood in amazement and then whoops and yells of joy filled the air. It was pretty amusing.

So we did what any two people who had sat in over 80% humidity and 90+ degree temperatures for 22 hours would do. We shut the windows and cranked the a/c as low as it would go. We turned on all of the fans and positioned ourselves directly in front of them taking in every push of cool air we could.

We still need to go back to work and get all of our food. I have to make my breakfast for the week. Fruit needs to be cut up. I should probably make dinner. To be honest, I have no idea if any of that is going to happen. I still feel completely exhausted from the weekend and I still have a headache. I'm going to try taking a shower again and seeing if that helps.

But here is what I planned for the week:

Sunday - Shrimp Corn Cakes with Corn on the Cob

Monday  Asian Flank Steak Skewers with Mexican Corn

Tuesday - Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches with Garlic Chive Fries

Wednesday - Sloppy Joes (or burgers and hot dogs if we go to my mom's)

Thursday - Eggplant Parmesan 

We're not the only people who experienced bad storms and we're definitely lucky that we didn't have any damage. Other areas were not so lucky and I'm sure there are still people out there with power. So, I'm thinking of you and I completely sympathize.

2 comments:

  1. Not sure where you live, but people in WV still don't have power! We didn't get ours back until yesterday. That storm was really crazy!

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    1. Ugh I can't imagine still not having power. I'm in MD. Hope you made it through okay.

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