I'm sorry for the silence in my corner of the blogosphere. Our town has been without power since Saturday, October 30th - a result of the Snowtober storm we had here in the Northeast. I live in a rural little town in New Jersey, in a bit of a higher elevation. While the views of the autumn trees are spectacular, so is the snowfall. We had about 16 inches of snow built up on top of those trees last week. So many trees fell, as did the power lines below them. It's a big mess, I'm not going to lie, but we're making the best of a bad situation.
I am going to try and post some pictures - of both the beautiful snowfall as well as the damage. (I have tried to Tweet as many as I could)
The first few days were hard, but when the 9 year old said, "Mom, don't get mad, but you're being really grumpy with us, and it's not fair," I decided that there were some things I wasn't going to change, so I had best put on a happy face and deal with it. I let my frustrations out on Twitter, not on my boys (for entertainment purposes, check out my #ReasonsThePowerOutageSucks Tweets @AlisonsBookMrks) and things got infinitely better.
This week I have gone to friends' houses to do laundry and blow dry my hair. I am like most women and have enough essentials to last me to the next ice age, but my boys needed clean clothes for school. And even though other people may not care what my hair looks like, it's a little piece of normal that keeps me happy. Our generator is running our water, so we're clean and I can cook on the gas cooktop. It's taking a village, let me tell you.
Luckily, my boys go to school in a town that didn't lose power, so they have been in school during the day. The evenings are quiet - my boys are readers and like to play board games or draw. The 9 Year Old just finished his first TIME WARP TRIO book by Jon Scieczka and The 6 Year Old just finished DIARY of a WIMPY KID: RODERICK RULES. In my house, we have a rule: you can't see the movie until you've finished the book. When the 6 year old finished the book, he wanted to see the movie. Thank Apple for the iPad! I went over to a Panera a few towns over, hooked into their Wi-Fi and downloaded the movie! Movie night!
Even though my little town got slammed up on our hill, many of the surrounding towns were unaffected by the snow, so we still have access to stores, restaurants, laundromats, hospitals and civic centers. Most importantly, I can drive to get Wi-Fi. See? You have to love technology!
Right now, I am at one of my favorite places - the County Library. I have Wi-Fi, plugs, heat, a comfy seat, and I'm surrounded by books! I'm a happy girl.
Hopefully we will have power soon - next Wednesday at the latest. I'm sorry for being so quiet and hope to be back posting, reading, and writing. My goal was to take part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) but I find it difficult to write longhand. (excuses, excuses!) Maybe I can pretend NaNoWriMo is next month and write my novel in December? I'll keep working on my outline.
In the meantime, happy reading, book friends!!
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