Well, it would seem I’ve survived yet another hurricane. My family and I are all okay, but I have some good news and some bad news to report. I know most people prefer the bad news first, but I’m not most people…

Good News: The massive (~30ft) tree in my backyard did not fall on my house
Bad News: It fell on my three neighbors’ homes (yes, the tree was that big)

Good News: I got to spend a few magical evenings by candle light cuddled up with a good book
Bad News: I was without electricity for ~43 hours

Good News: My car was undamaged by the event
Bad News: Most of the roadways are blocked, thus making travel futile

Good News: There wasn’t too much damage control/client relations to deal with when I did get back online
Bad News: There always has to be one

Throughout the event, I also made some stunning observations.

  • Yes, you can be addicted to the internet and withdrawal is a cruel mistress
  • Cold showers are not as fun as they would lead you to believe on t.v.
  • After about 24 hours with no electricity, you begin to dream you have electricity
  • After about 36 hours of eating cold food out of a can and wondering when your next warm shower would be, you begin to feel like a hobo in your own home.
  • After about 42 hours without electricity, your mind begins to wonder if electricity even existed in the first place or if it was all just an elaborate conspiracy
  • After your electricity finally comes back on, you instinctively run out into the street asking all the other clueless looking people if their electricity came back on too as if it was the most magical event ever*

My helpful advice? Get. Camping. Equipment. You may not need the tent, unless you really want to make it an adventure, though.

FFAF seems to have been a smash while I was away – thank you Barbara, Tracy, Phill, Owen, Bonnie, and ProPAIN! for taking such good care of my blog while I was unavailable.

Now, I’m just going to get things back in order around here, clean up some debris, find out why I still don’t have satellite service, and then it will be business as usual.

* I didn’t actually run out into the street, but I watched a few of my neighbors do so – instead, I took the hottest shower I could stand and ordered Cheesy Bread.