Lessons Learned in the Dark
Hello to all in Blogger Land! This will just be a quick post to let you know that the Cooper home is without electricity for four days running. It seems that Hurricane Ike, after devastating Texas and the surrounding area, decided to make a comeback in Louisville on Sunday, with 75 mph gusts, knocking out power to nearly the entire city.
The good news is during the storm, we were out of town in Ohio for my Daddy’s 84th birthday.
The bad news is that the storm took a turn east and followed the direct path we needed to take to get home! That meant that we took cover at a Fizoli’s rather than being lifted off the Interstate 71 by wind gusts.
The other bad news is that in an effort to deter bad guys from breaking into our home while we were gone, I decided (literally at the last minute) to lock all the child-safety door locks from the inside and exit our home through the garage. That garage door, by the way, would be the ELECTRIC kind. That meant that when the Coopers arrived home to a city with almost no power at 10:30 pm Sunday night–with three cranky, tired children–we were locked out of our house.
So here I sit at Starbucks to reconnect with my e-mail and my blog (snif…I miss you all!). And since I don’t have the mental capacity to draw up a real entry having to do with hearing God’s voice, here is a Pseudo Entry I’ve entitled: Lessons Learned in the Dark:
Lesson One: When you call your good friends (who happen to be one of the only homes in the city with electricity) at 10:45 pm and say something like, “Hi, we’re in your driveway and we’re locked out of our house…can we stay at your place?” there is no way they will turn you down.
Lesson Two: A good way to break a child-safety lock is to use a hack saw.
Lesson Three: When the electricity goes out, so does the garbage disposal. This is a really good thing to remember BEFORE you dump the entire crock pot of spoiled vegetable soup into the sink.
Lesson Four: Digging spoiled vegetable soup out of the garbage disposal with your bare hands is really gross.
Lesson Five: Moving from coastal Florida to Louisville, Kentucky gives you no guarantee that you will avoid hurricanes.
Lesson Six: Having an extended power outage is a great excuse to get Starbucks every day and dinner out every night.
Lesson Seven: Kids think dry cheerios and warm juice boxes for breakfast is really cool, as long as you serve it by candle light.
Lesson Eight: No matter how many times you try the light switches, they still won’t turn the lights on when there is no power.
Lesson Nine: Begging the Louisville Gas & Electric workers to come to your neighborhood and fix your electricity…while they are trying to eat dinner at The Cracker Barrel…doesn’t work.
That’s all I have for now. And besides, I better get back home. The sun has set, and that means that I get to try to take out my contacts while also holding a flashlight.
I promise I will post a Real Post as soon as we are up and running again. Check back in a few days!!!!