And this was just the beginning.
We received 8 inches of snow…in OCTOBER….in a period of 6 hours.
Basically, all of my plans about having a relaxing and special day with Chase went out the window. Not only were the snowy, icy conditions preventing us from having fun, but we lost power.
Can we all take a moment to recognize the amazingly important, and often overlooked, role that electricity plays in our lives:
Dearest Electricity, I will never take you for granted again.
Instead of having a romantic day and a lovely dinner, we went into survival mode. My job is dependent on wifi and I must be able to access the internet at all times, especially on weekends. Consequently, we spent the entire day shopping for flashlights and borrowing power from Panera.
While we had reservations at a romantic restaurant, the roads were so bad that we ended up just eating at Panera. Let me tell you, after discovering my intolerance to gluten, Panera has lost its luster.
This is what my “romantic dinner” looked like (Minus the bread and minus the croutons).
I guess the bright side of this debacle is the fact that I had no time for grief after dropping Chase off at the airport early this morning. Instead I had to figure out how to get wifi, charge all of the electronics that were now on empty, and throw away any food in our fridge and freezer that were perishable.
The happy thing is that all we lost was a few leftovers and a carton of eggs (a Frugal Frog victory, indeed!).
As of right now, Chase is safely in sunny California and I am stuck with no heat, electricity, or wifi for the indefinite future.
Also, to be honest, being Paleo without electricity stinks. How did those cave people do this?! Basically my diet has consisted of about 100 bananas and apples:
And lots and lots of this:
While I was able to put on a smiley face yesterday and this morning, by this afternoon, after 24+ hours without power and with PPL electric reporting that restoring electricity to the 120,000 customers will be a “multi-day affair,” I lost the victory. Big. Time.
I decided there is a time and a place for being a frugal frog, but being cold, grumpy, and alone is not that time. Thus, I headed to hotels.com and booked a hotel room for a grand total of $93. I’ll take it!
The best part about my room is that it not only has electricity and heat, but it also has:
A MICROWAVE! And a mini-fridge–HOLLER.
I hightailed it to the grocery and picked up some food other than apples and bananas. Basically, my goal was to be as paleo as possible.
Protein = Yum!
And, because this day was 100% awful, terrible, no good and very bad….I had these for dessert:
Totally not Paleo, but totally amazing.
My schedule for the night is to turn on every single light in my hotel room, watch lifetime movies, and go to bed SUPER early.
In the memory of those scrumptious M&M’s and the fact that tomorrow is Halloween, what is your favorite candy? Are you a chocolate person or a fruity/sugary/sour candy person?
I am all about the Peanut M&M’s…and caramels.