Everyone is talking about the weather. In Houston, this morning we had 19F near the Galleria, 21F officially at the airport. We were surprised by a sudden loss of power at about 7:45 a.m. Luckily, my iPad was charged up and ready to go. Since I didn’t have access to the wifi, I fired up the 3G and checked my feed of people in Houston. There I quickly found out about the rolling blackouts that were adopted as a strategy to conserve power. Even after a press release this afternoon saying there would be no more rolling blackouts, another report this evening says to prepare for outages tomorrow. It is going to be interesting.
We were without power for 82 minutes this morning. It was another opportunity to notice how habituated I have become to my preferred routines. The coffee, the shower, the sitting down at my computer to write. We sat around in our pajamas looking at the iPad while we drank our coffee this morning, then sprung into action to make up for “lost time” as soon as power was restored about 9:07 (but who was counting?). We didn’t lose the time, we just spent it differently than we are accustomed to doing.
It looks like things may get nasty tomorrow as sleet and freezing rain hits. Our pantry is pretty well stocked with supplies to get us through until it warms up a bit on Saturday. This is extreme weather for Houston, but all you have to do is turn on the TV –if your power is on — and see reports of places where things are so much worse.
Getting into pajamas now. Making sure that phone and devices charge. Planning to wait until after 8 to try for coffee and a shower. Everything will get done. I’m sure we can all dig down and find enough resilience to muddle through two days of winter weather. We’ll be complaining about the heat soon enough.