Why is this man smiling? Because power to the house was restored at 5:00 am this morning. I awoke with a start when the hall light came on and the ceiling fan started spinning. I was like a child on Xmas morning running around the house declaring that Santa had been here.

I was shouting “Power! We have power!” which startled and confused the crap out of Cynthia who was sleeping soundly.

Earlier yesterday evening I had borrowed a generator from a neighbor who had his power restored the other day and had hooked up the TV and enjoyed some quality time with my TV and a box fan. I was not extremely confident in the generator so I turned it off prior to going to bed as I imagined how horrible it would be to burn the house down after making it this far.

Dooley was in much better spirits this morning, greeting us by repeating “Good Morning” and “I Love You” over and over.

If you had told me we’d be without power for six and a half days I wouldn’t have believed you. And I certainly didn’t think I could go that long in the Houston heat. The cool front was a blessing, but it still wore very thin. Once the power came on and the initial rush of joy passed I began to sag quite a bit. I’m still very tired and this load off my mind has allowed the fatigue to come to the surface.

Yes, I shaved the “Ike Beard.” That was my agreement with the universe.

I Can Has Electricity

7 thoughts on “I Can Has Electricity

  • September 19, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Congratulations!! So great to hear it.

    (Terrific self portrait, too!)

  • September 19, 2008 at 9:19 am

    We are also pretty fatigued. Still no power when we left for work today… I think the hardest thing is the dark evenings. My eyes are tired of the flickering candlelight and my allergies are tired of the open windows. The cooler weather has been wonderful though & we have slept fine.

  • September 19, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Glad the power came back for you and I hope it stays on, too. We had friends who got it back Wednesday and lost it again for 4 hours yesterday.

    We have friends who are having a hurrication staying with us.

  • September 19, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Do you have the internets too? I don’t and I miss the Google.

  • September 19, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    I have the Internets and cable. Pray for IP!

  • September 19, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Excellent. I has power now, too. Came on about an hour ago.

  • September 22, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Glad you have your power and bandwidth back!
    Our neighborhood remains without both.
    Supposedly, our power will be restored by Thursday.
    We have also been fortunate to borrow a generator, so we do have some lights and fans., for which we are very thankful.

    My mom, who has a waterfront house on Dickinson Bayou, had 5 feet of water on the ground floor of her house. She is safe and sound, as she had evacuated, but the loss to her residence is major.

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