As you may know from an earlier post, we lost our electricity sometime early Monday morning. This left me with a few problems, the worst of which was that we didn’t have any water. To make matters worse than that, I also hadn’t washed the dishes on Sunday night. So now I had a sink full of dirty dishes that I could do nothing with. What to do? I just left them there, after all, I needed any extra water to flush the toilet.
But, what do you do when you can’t distract yourself with cleaning the house, working on your computer and all those other things that require electricity? Well, you read. Yes, you read. However, one of the problems with reading is that you need some form of light to do it. So, that pretty much curtails your night just a little bit.
I was lucky that my local library was open and had electricity. I took out a good number of books and proceeded to read my way past the annoyance of no lights and no water. It was great, but I felt horribly guilty…the dishes, the not being able to cook (okay, not so much), but it was really hard. I also felt as though I was completely cut off from the world. Yes, there were stores I could go to, and of course, the library. However, there was no social media. It was freeing. I didn’t really know what was going on in this crazy world, but really, the news is usually fairly bad anyway. But indictments dude! However, I can’t really say that I missed my social media much. It can be such a time-suck. We all know what happens when you watch just one YouTube video and look up to find that you’ve “lost” two or even three hours. Well, that didn’t happen. The sad thing was that I always have a list of things to do just in case I have the time to do them. However, most of them were things that electricity was a necessity.
So, now that I have all this time on my hands, I’ve got a list of things to do once we get out electricity back. Wonderful, exciting things like: running the dishwasher, washing the piles and piles of clothes, cleaning the bathrooms, vacuuming the house, washing the floors, and of course, the dreaded cooking. What fun!
So, what do you do when you find yourself with unexpected time?