Last night was the pits. Jes' sayin'.
It was a normal, quiet evening. I watched a little TV, read and played on the internet. I was rather tired, as the past two days have been full of pain. I've really had a mess with fibromyalgia and arthritis, stayed home from work Thursday and Friday because of that and snow which I didn't have the strength or energy to clear to get out. I'd brought some work home, and I actually got a lot of it done. You know the kind of detail stuff that is easy to put off in the usual work day? Yeah, I really got into that.
Anyway, around 9:30 I decided to go to bed. I started the dishwasher, covered the bird cage, sent the dogs out while I brushed my teeth and washed my face. We all crawled in bed, and I snuggled down to watch a sitcom while I drifted off. But just minutes after 10:00, the power went off. I waited a couple minutes, thinking it would come back on. When it didn't, I got a flashlight, gathered several candles and lit them around the bedroom. Then I got the phone book and called the power company.
The power company was aware of the outage but had no time frame as yet. That made sense, as it had been just 15-20 minutes. They took my number to check back with me. I decided I had better prepare, just in case. Good thing I did.
I covered the bird cage with a couple blankets. I got an extra blanket and a comforter for my bed. I also got my LED book light. Then I crawled in bed to read. I didn't want to sleep, because if it went on for a long time, I might need to take further precautions, even leave for a warm place. The temperature was dropping severely outside, and the inside temp was following right along.
Within a couple hours, I had added a sweatshirt, then another. I was warm under the covers, but sitting up to stay awake I needed the upper body protection. The dogs began to creep closer to me. Being long haired, they didn't want to be under the covers, but they did cuddle up around me. Eventually, they did let me cover them with their heads out.
Around 2:00 I called the power company again. All I got was a recording acknowledging the outage and stating that there was no estimated time for restoration. Oh, goody.
By now the inside temp was down to about 55°. I sleep with a cool temp, around 65°, but it was getting downright uncomfortable and miserable. My body was beginning to ache.
In the next hour, the inside temp dropped below 52°. Outside was 14°. Brrr. I was actually contemplating calling a friend and asking if I could come over, when the power came on. Then then it flickered off. Then it came on and stayed. I got up and began resetting electronic devices ad got back in the warm bed. Then it went off again!! After another few minutes it came on again. About ten minutes later, the phone rang, and it was the power company, asking if my power was, indeed, on. I assured them it was, and she said the repair crew said it was good for the go. It was 3:30-ish.
Of course, by this time I was keyed up, wide awake, absolutely unable to sleep! I read a while longer, with the TV on, just to hear the sound, and finally was able to get to sleep about 4:30, I think.
Guess who is probably napping today?