M was in the middle of fixing supper, crab legs and long grain wild rice, when the power went out. Argh! It didn't come back on within a reasonable amount of time so he had to put the crablegs back in the freezer and abandon his efforts. Instead he pulled out a jar of pot roast and warmed it on the grill outside. No chance of anyone starving around here.
We use M's rechargeable lamp during power outages and we keep four oil lamps in storage for such occasions. I pulled out two lamps tonight. M and Emma went for a long walk in the fading light while I worked on birthday invitation by lamp light. When they got back they played playdoh by the light of the rechargeable lamp. Right before bedtime I plugged my iPod into battery-powered iHome 2go and Emma was able to watch an episode of Little Einsteins. We gave her a wet wipe bath and she went down to bed in candlelight from a scented jar candle.
I switched the iPod to music and pulled out a Vanity Fair to read for a while. I was slightly worried because all of Emma's big girl underpants needed washing or she wouldn't have anything in the morning. Fortunately, around 9:30 p.m. the power came back on. Between a Palm Pilot for addresses, an iPod for video and music, and a rechargeable lamp, the dark ages ain't what they used to be.
Now the bad news...the brief brownout before the power went down appears to have toasted my new-ish DVD/VCR recorder combo unit. Dead as a doornail. Blast.
Playdoh in the dark.
The invitations are ready to go...
She's trying to surprise me with a flower behind her back. For the eleventh time in a row.