The morning started out sweet. Lingering in bed, reminiscing about our joyful celebration the night before. Then, my usual dash to the computer, to scan the news, respond to readers’ comments, and read my favorite blogs.
Prad had just brought me my tea – I love that small gesture of his every morning – and I was right in the middle of answering Kyle‘s comment, when I heard Prad in the kitchen, ‘Whats wrong with the microwave?’ It did not take long to figure out. ‘No power’, was the problem. That meant no more hot tea for Prad. I took the news in stride.
Until a few minutes later. I tried to click on ‘Post’ to publish my answer to Kyle. No luck. Soon, I figured out we did not have an Internet connection, either. Of course! I saved my comment on Word for a later publication. Never mind, I thought, I can do other stuff. If I hurried, I could finish the executive summary I was working on, using the bit of charge left on my computer. I also needed to call my mother in France, to wish her a Happy New Year. I couldn’t use my cell phone for that. And our home line was down. I would have to wait. Not too long, hopefully, or I would have to miss her altogether, because of the nine hours time difference.
Charlotte came in. She wanted to go out for coffee. We wondered if the coffee shop would have power. We were willing to walk there and see. I went to wash my face. The water was lukewarm at best. Oh! yes, the water heater does depend on electricity. By that time, I was getting more and more annoyed. Was there anything I could do, that did not depend on power?