3 Life Lessons from the Powerless

I may be a bit dramatic here and I know several others across the East Coast got hit by Irene way worse than lil’ ol’ me in Annapolis.  To those of you who are still without power, experienced flooding or were just hit hard by hurricane Irene in general, our thoughts are with you.  For the rest of you, I thought I would share some very important life lessons learned from a near 48 hours without power.   We experienced no damage and were completely safe, yet somehow knowing that most of the world around me was functioning just fine while I was barely reading by candlelight drove me batty!  So here goes:

1. My hair dryer and straightener are WAY more valuable than TV. Sure I could take a cold shower and do my make-up, but after three days the greasy faux bun only works so much and is certainly not presentable in a work environment.  The thought of a nice hot shower and luxuriously washing and blow drying my hair was like a dirty fantasy.  My advice, when a hurricane is headed your way, make sure to hop in the shower, shave those legs and get that hair looking good!

2. When in doubt, eat the ice cream first. It just melts faster than the chicken defrosts  and frozen peas are cheaper to replace.  Enough said.

3. Be nice to your power gods. Our poor power company was getting slammed left and right over Twitter and Facebook for the delays in getting power restored.  The reality was, and still is, that there are literally hundreds of fallen trees knocking out power lines. Those folks are working literally around the clock to get things back up and running.  Know that they aren’t sitting around some huge board room smoking cigars and drinking scotch.  When the power is back on, hit them up on Facebook with a virtual hug and thank you!

Megan

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  1. says

    I’m glad you and your family are safe. Living in South Florida, we’ve lost power for almost two weeks a couple of times due to hurricanes. Aside from losing everything in the refrigerator, yes, it’s definitely the hair that suffers!

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  2. says

    Absolutely!!! I didn’t have power until Monday morning and my hair straightener I learned is very valuable and you can NEVER have too few candles and people in history must have been bored without TV! No wonder they were exploring new worlds. My eyes still hurt from reading by candlelight. “One Day” tho is a better book when you sit and read it without breaks! =) I hope you guys get power back!!! =)

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    The BonBon Rose Girls Reply:

    @Melanie’s Randomness, Ohh good to know, I just picked up One Day for our little vacation!

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  3. says

    Hello Megan, I´m glad you and your family are safe. This post reminds me of how dependent to power and internet I´ve beome. Of course, if the fisrt is gone, the latter won´t work, which is akin to losing a leg.

    But reading down the post, it made me thinking if I could survive showring here in Europe without warm water. I would do just fine if I´m still in Asia, but the here. And oh, I´m glad I don´t have to shave my legs.

    And you hit it right, be nice to your powerods. They´re still the very people who can help you get your luxus back :)

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  4. says

    WELL SAID. I’m going on Day 3 without power too! One other thing I learned was to take a minute to appreciate the stars at night… they were so clear and beautiful and you could actually see them since no one’s lights were on! Can’t remember the last time I star-gazed!

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    The BonBon Rose Girls Reply:

    @Emily @ so anthro, Love this!

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  5. says

    all well said…feel so bad for the workers who are tirelessly getting power back on w little or no appreciation. That has to suck for them.

    And LOVE the idea of “eating the icecream first” which goes along w my idea of sometimes getting dessert first if I am in the mood.
    C

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  6. says

    Well focus on the positive. We are also in MD and have no power since Saturday but for us no power = no water. We can’t even take cold showers or even rinse off after working all day in mud and rain to try and clear the 20+ trees down on our property including the one that demolished our barn. I would give just about anything to just be able to properly wash my hands.

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    The BonBon Rose Girls Reply:

    @Jen, Wow Jen it sounds like you were hit really hard! Where are you in MD? I’d offer you a hot shower and fluffy town in a heart beat!

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  7. says

    We have been thinking of everyone affected by Hurricane Irene here in the UK. Most people laugh at our weather but, we never have to experience weather like hurricanes.
    I hope that things get back to normal soon and, high five to you for praising the men and women at the Power Company. I am sure that they are doing everything they can.
    …..and, there’s nothing worse than lanky locks !! I would have washed mine in cold water!! XXXX

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  8. says

    I was just saying the exact same thing earlier about our power company. (It’s likely that we have the same one.) I have no doubt that they are doing the best they can in this situation! We are lucky enough to have electricity, but so many other people I know in the area don’t with all the trees taking down lines. I feel bad that they are getting such a bad rap!

    Glad you weathered the storm okay!

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  9. says

    Glad to hear your safe! I totally agree with your tips-my friend worked for a power company and I can just remember how stressed out he was during outages! A little kindness goes a long way.

    And I’m with you on the ice cream (but maybe for different reasons haha)

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  10. says

    So true on so many levels. I remember when Katrina and Wilma came through Miami it was aweful…the power thing…BLOWS. I remember that fortunately after Wilma came a cold front! …but with Katrina the house was hot and humid…I felt so grimey! Ugh. …city officials and the power company do everythign they can to “return to normal”…so we cannot blame them (not often)…
    Glad you are safe!

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  11. says

    I’m so grateful to have not lost power, some of my friends who live minutes away are still without it today. Luckily this week is light on things I actually need to do, damage from the hurricane has made things very disruptive!

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  12. says

    So true! The night before the storm hit I did all the laundry, ran the dishwasher, filled Tupperware with water to create free blocks of ice, and took a nice long shower. Fortunately we never lost power, but I felt much better knowing that I was prepared!

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  13. says

    Love what you said about your electric company’s! So true! It’s so easy to get caught up in the instant gratification of having everything easily assessable to us when we want it. Sometimes you have step back and look at the bigger picture.

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  14. says

    I’m still in the no power boat (charged the iPhone at work) going on day 4 of messy bun and had to eat an entire half gallon of mint chocolate chip on Sunday. I want my power back!

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    The BonBon Rose Girls Reply:

    @Lyddiegal, Hang in there! Hoping they restore to your area soon!

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