Friday, January 30, 2009

Still no power

I will never, ever take my house for granted again.

It's surreal--going home to make sure the water's still flowing through the pipes slowly, unplugging the TV's & computer, setting out fresh water for the cat, picking up the newspaper & the mail. And then not being able to stay in my home.

I have no clue when we'll be back. There are still over 50,000 people in our power company's service area without power. They've brought in workers from all over the midwest, but it's going to take a long time to get us all back on. I drove down one of the roads that leads to our neighborhood, and there are massively huge trees down on powerlines. One huge tree was completely uprooted and laying across a power line.

Our lines are buried in our neighborhood so I can't tell if the power is brought in from the war-zone area, or if it's from a less damaged area. Either way, I'm concerned now that it will be "well into next week," as the power company website states, before we get our power back. Frankly, at this point I'll be surprised if it's that quick. There were no trucks anywhere near our area when I went home at lunch.

So our home has no power. And I feel like I am powerless.

The kids are at my mom's another night and tomorrow all day, the dog is at the doggie sitter's house, and we are in the hotel for one more night. Then Saturday we'll move in to our friends' home, since they graciously invited us and have an extra bedroom & wireless internet. They also have 3 1/2 year old twins & a 1 year old, so our kids will have plenty to do there.

I'm not very good at taking things a day at a time. I'm a planner. I need to know what's happening next. Uncertainty makes me jumpy. And bitchy. And hungry. And sad.

I know this is only temporary. I know I could have it much, much worse. I'm clinging to the fact that my children are safe & warm & fed & active at my Mom's house. But life is so beyond normal right now.

Normal is a beautiful thing. I can't wait for normal to be back in my life once again.


Jodie said...

We will definitely keep you and your family in our prayers. Wish there was more I could do for you.

You're very blessed to have friends and family. Hopefully you'll have power back soon. Until then, I hope you can keep some level of sanity.

Heather said...

man that must be so difficult! hang in there!!

Vickie said...

They are saying that parts of Kentucky (that currently have both no power and no communication) will not be back on until mid February. Can you imagine?

Thinking of you every hour or so - wondering how it is going.

MCM Mama said...

Hope things get back to normal soon!

G.G. said...

I'm so sorry you (and your neighbors near and far) are having to go through this right now. Being without power for an extended period of time is aggravting and no fun.

Hang in there! It will be over soon! (Though not soon enough, I know).

Doc Manette said...

Oh Laura, I hope you get your power on sooner than later! I'm so glad you friends with power invited you to stay tonight and I know your children will have fun.

But I feel for you.

When we moved from one state to another, we had to stay in a hotel for 12 days while waiting to close on our house and then delaying the move-in because we put in new carpet and flooring. The hotel was nice and sort of exciting the first two days . . . but I couldn't wait to get out of there after the 3rd night (especially with an 8 year old and 2 year old).

Natalie C. said...

I haven't checked your blog in a while. Congratulations on all the running! Sounds like you all are having a tough winter! So sorry! Hope it lets up soon.

Carly said...

I hope you get power soon! That has to be stressful living like that. Hang in there!

Jill said...

Oh gosh Laura, I know how you feel, I really do. The power WILL come back on soon and then all will be normal again. Just hang in there kiddo, it won't last forever.