This post was originally going to be called “29 Things to Do When you Lose Power”. But then I got to thinking, people don’t lose power half as much as we do. In fact, it happens so often that people get confused and think that they’re read the post before. Maybe you’re thinking the same thing.
The post you might be thinking about could be when we lost internet (here, here or the 100 times that we didn’t blog about it) or perhaps the one where we lost power three times in one month when we were in Mexico this year or the other time that we blogged about it here. I can totally see why you might get them all mixed up.
Unfortunately, I’m not referring to any of those other times but today when suddenly, with only one solitary fan and light running, the house went quiet. Since I couldn’t do ANYTHING (read below for proof), we went over to the neighbours to make sure that the Power company (herein referred to as HydroOne) knew about the plight of our neighbourhood. The only problem was that our neighbours had electricity.
When I got home, I managed to find working batteries to put in our emergency flashlights (we have tons of spares after that little “Cake, Cookie, Whatever Debacle”), and I made my way downstairs to check the breakers. After staring at “what I have no idea” for a few minutes, I decided that none of the breakers were tripped. And so I headed outside to the meter. Truth be told, I didn’t get great grades in High School Science but even with only 53% knowledge of all things electrical I knew that the meter shouldn’t be blank. Completely and totally blank.
So back to my neighbours house I went. You know the one where “Uncle Mike” who works for HydroOne lives. Unfortunately, Uncle Mike is on vacation so I did what any other person would do (including him) and called their support line. They asked me the usual questions and then needed a phone number where they could call me with questions and updates. Um. I don’t have electricity so therefore I don’t have a telephone and Ed was in Ottawa on business so I didn’t have a cell phone. The call ended with me feeling like I was waiting for the cable repair guy with an ETA of sometime before my 44nd birthday or the next leap year (whichever is later).
Turns out that I had nothing to worry about because within 30 minutes of placing my call, the truck showed up! The workers first question was “So, what did you do?” in a joking tone and of course I professed my innocence. Since they were the joking kind, I didn’t pay much attention when the guy said “Oh no, that’s not good” followed shortly by “and that’s serious too”. I did a little laugh-choke-cough and had him assure me that he was kidding. He wasn’t.
After a little bit of this and a whole lot of that, and with the help of a big long pole, they managed to replace the breaker on the pole outside our house and resolve our electricity problem. To top it off, they made it look easy.
To make a long story short, we were without power for three hours and it was horrible (First World Problems). And now back to the whole point of this post…
29 Things you Can NOT Do When you Lose Power (in no particular order)
- Write this list (unless of course you have something called a “pen and paper”, whatever that is),
- Run the Air conditioning,
- Run Fans (I was so wishing that I had a Dyson but apparently they use electricity too),
- Run anything that will take the edge off the fact that your house is 85 degrees inside (because yes, unfortunately you know what the temperature is because the thermostat has a battery backup. Karma),
- Cooking anything (because of course you’d want to when the house is 85 degrees, forget the fact that you don’t have anything for dinner),
- Keep the ice cream cold (speaking of dinner),
- Call the Power Company to let them know that your power is out (if you immediately think “Use your Cell phone, see #8),
- Use your Cell phone because the battery is dead and you can’t charge it,
- Send that urgent email that the person you just messaged is waiting for,
- Get your automatic garage door open so that you can go somewhere to do any of the above,
- Fry an egg (I did that once…),
- Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins (check out this tasty recipe!),
- Make a Beet Green, Kale and Swiss Chard smoothie using ingredients from your garden (Note that I wouldn’t even make this even if I did have power)
- Watch episodes of “Extreme Couponers” on YouTube (If you like coupons, you should enter my $90 Coupon Giveaway on right now, P.S. Did you know that Extreme Couponing is coming to Canada!).
- Make robot voices in the fan when no ones listening (it’s okay, we all do it),
- Plug in your Christmas lights (like we did every quarter for six years. No, we’re not lying…
- Train for the zombie apocalypse on the treadmill,
- Use your Foot Spa (don’t knock it until you try it),
- Check your Mousetraps (happens in the best of families),
- Charge your light sabre, (you’d be surprised at how convenient those things are),
- Use your Clapper (weren’t they the coolest!),
- Heat your water bed (do people still have those things?)
- Make ice,
- Take your blood pressure,
- Workout to Richard Simmons,
- Shred paper,
- Check Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tinder… (the horror!),
- Have your friends help you come up with 29 things that you can’t do when you lose power because you read somewhere that lists should have 29 items.
See what a travesty it is to lose power? The next time you see your electricity meter, maybe give it a little hug and let it know how much you appreciate it. Can’t hurt.
What Would You Miss if you Lost Power?
— Journeys of The Zoo (@zoojourneys) July 15, 2015