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What a Nightmare

So, remember that time I said all I wanted to do all weekend was hang out in my house, in the AC watching the Olympic Trials and crafting? Ha! HA!  Well, then this happened:

I saw all the warnings floating across the TV screen, “This is a very dangerous storm”, “You will lose power”, “Seek cover now”, blah, blah, blah.  I figured, “Hey, we made through Irene without losing power, and ice storms, and snow storms, this can’t be worse than any of those.”  I heard the wind start to blow, and the lights started flickering, and then with one huge gust we were in the dark.  That was 10:30 pm on Friday night.  It’s now Monday morning, we still don’t have power.  That’s 2.5 100 degree days so far without power and AC.  Supposedly 80% of us will have it back by tomorrow. I’m keeping my fingers crossed  because our neighborhood?  Still looks like this:

Yeah, I was probably a little too close to those downed power lines, but I lived so it’s all ok.  I got about maybe an hour of sleep on Friday night because of the damn heat. Trying to find food on Saturday was a disaster because most places also had no power, and if they did have power, they were only taking cash.  If you know me at all, you know I never carry cash, so I was about 10 minutes from a heat stroke and passing out from hunger when I finally found a Corner Bakery Cafe that was accepting credit cards.  Unfortunately everyone else in the Arlington area was there as well, so it took like an hour to get a turkey sandwich.

After my third ice-cold shower of the day, I decided there was no way I’d ever be able to sleep in the house that night, so I packed a bag and headed into DC, where my bff Meghan and her husband took pity on me.  They fed me, and more importantly gave me access to power to charge my electronics and the comfort of AC.  After sleeping like a baby in the ice-cold apartment, and realizing there would still be no power on Sunday, Meghan and I made ourselves comfortable at her rooftop pool for the day.

I spent Sunday night on their couch as well, because I mean, I needed to watch the Olympic Trials to see who would make the women’s gymnastics team.  So happy with that, btw, although so sad for Nastia.  I’m doubting flat on her face is the way she wanted to go out.  Anyway, I headed back home this morning to get ready for work, and to check on Pumpkin.  She’s doing good, I think, although I’m guessing she’s pretty hot because she drank from the sink faucet for a good 5 minutes when I turned it on for her.  (Yes she also has numerous water bowls/cups lying around but she likes running water).  I also finally bit the bullet and threw out a giant garbage bag full of spoiled food.  It was so sad to just toss money away like that, but the house was starting to smell.  Sigh.

Anyway, so that was my exciting weekend, here’s to hoping we get our power back soon, because there is no relief from this heat in sight.

Last One, I Promise

Oh hey, long time no see!  It seems as though I found the energy to post two days in a row, and then it wiped me out.  However, it’s finally Friday after what has seemed like the longest week in the history of the world and I’ve found some time to ramble.

Did you know it’s going to be hot this weekend? I’m sure you did, it’s all anyone is talking about.  Today in Arlington we’re expected to hit 104 degrees.  104.  What does one do/wear when it’s that hot out?  Sit in front of their window air conditioner and a bra and underpants?  Good, because that’s what I plan on doing all weekend.  Sorry to my roommate’s boyfriend ahead of time.

In all seriousness though, I really have no plans to go outside at all this weekend.  Unless you live under a rock (or not in the US) you know the US Olympic Trials started last week, and all of my TV viewing has been taken over by them.  My most favorite of favorite competitions started yesterday (gymnastics) and continues until Sunday night, so I have grand plans to hang out with some orange vodka in the AC and cheer on my favorites.  I’m also planning on tackling some craft projects for the new house, so we’ll see how that goes.

It occurred to me the other day, that I never actually showed you all any pics of our awesome giant backyard, and since I hate a pictureless post you’re getting them today.  The house is in a sweet neighborhood with lots of houses and kids and families, and we were fortunate enough to luck out with a lot that backs up to cornfields.  Do you know how nice it is to go outside and NOT hear screaming children.  It’s fantastic, although I’m slightly scared of our yard once it’s dark out.  There’s a lot of wildlife out there.  During our BBQ I saw not only chipmunks and rabbits, but also a giant fucking deer came strolling through.  And you know what live in cornfields?  Snakes.  Snakes live in cornfields. I shudder just thinking about it.  Anyway, here ya go.

 

standing at the bottom of the deck facing out

Back corner looking towards the house, obviously

Ok that’s the last of the house pictures until August.  I promise.  Well, unless something really cool happens.  Happy Friday!