So yesterday I had a lovely post written up, was going to put some finishing touches on it in the evening and then post it after dinner. Then zap, we had no power.
So our weather people tend to be a bunch of ninnies who like to quiver and freak out at the least little thing. It's almost embarrassing how afraid they are of snow, to the point where they will preempt TV for hours and all stand around in a perfectly dry area reporting about how it MAY snow. If we had an event like the one in Buffalo where it snowed 7 feet, I honestly don't know what the hell they or the residents of Portland would do. Anyway, the weather people were flipping out that we were going to get a terrible windstorm, that it was going to be the storm of the century, and to basically just take a cyanide pill because none of us were going to make it out alive anyways. (Okay, I made that last part up, but you get my drift.) I took the reports with a grain of salt since their track record of being accurate isn't the greatest, and since it was pretty with blue sky all day yesterday. As afternoon rolled in, the wind suddenly started picking up and all hell broke loose! Luckily Eric was able to make it home from work just as it really got bad, apparently the roads got super nasty in our area with a ton of downed trees and that kind of thing. We were remarking on our good luck and I was putting a pan of ginger cookies in the oven when bam, the power went out.
Nothing will bring your unpreparedness to attention like a power outage. I realized my phone was close to dead, that I had thrown out most of our candles and that we only have one flashlight. We were luckier than a lot of my friends, I had been reheating our dinner all day in the crockpot (pot roast with pepperocini peppers) when the power went out so at least we had a hot dinner even though I wasn't able to make rice to go with it!
After going through roughly a million hurricane induced evenings like this growing up as a kid in Louisiana, having the lights out was annoying but not the end of the world. We lit the 2 stubby candles we had, played blackjack and drank wine for most of the evening. We also pulled out this battery operated/hand cranked radio that my father-in-law gave us when we first got married. At the time we laughed about it, but it is actually pretty neat! It even has a USB in the back so that you can charge your phone. We tried to find news about the weather, but eventually gave up and just found a station with the NFL game and listened to that while we played cards. It wasn't all an old timey evening, I did use some of my phone's battery power to tweet our power company to report the outage, and they tweeted me back that they had us already reported. Ah the internet. :)
On a kind of bummer note, but just for the sake of honesty, I've not had that great of a week for food/fitness. I've discovered what I've really known for years, that exercise is the key to success for me and that without it everything falls by the wayside. I took things easy this week to try to heal my foot, which thankfully has gotten better, but it's had worse repercussions than the actual foot injury. I've not only felt very depressed, but I've not eaten well at all. Not that I'm a doctor, but I honestly believe that exercise causes such a lift in my mood and elevates whatever good chemicals are floating around in the body that I don't feel the need to snack or binge. I'm content eating one treat or extra thing and then can go on my way. When I'm not exercising I fall and fall fast. I made treats for Eric's office yesterday, one of the things being ginger cookies. I love ginger cookies and had a few leftover here at the house today. A month ago I would have been fine having those in the house, have done all my exercise routines for the day and have looked forward to earning ONE cookie with a hot cup of tea after dinner. Today I scarfed a ton of them down for lunch, even though consuming that much sugar made me feel gross.
My foot is definitely less painful, so I'm just going to go back to doing a ton of exercise every day. With my 30 day challenges and the foot thing, I've backed off my aerobics stuff, but I'm going to go back to making those priority.
Musical Advent Day 12 - "Rock You Hard This Christmas" by The Dan Band
I really debated about posting this song. Nothing about it is right. It's super inappropriate in every way, but of course it's exactly the reason I love it. I can't go a single Christmas without listening to it at least 5 times. This version of the video I posted is bleeped, but I still wouldn't blast it at work. If language or crudeness offends you, I ask that you 1) forgive me and 2) don't listen to the song.
So if you are a fan of the movie Old School, you will recognize the Dan Band as the wedding band who sings "Total Eclipse of the Heart". I think they were at the end of the first Hangover movie too, as wedding singers. I fell in love with them in Old School, and realized they are an actual band who tours, singing traditionally female pop songs with dirty words thrown in. I have the sophistication and humor of a 12 year old boy, so of course I love it. One of the first things Eric and I went to after he moved up here was to a Dan Band concert, and I seriously laughed so hard that I had a headache afterwards.
Anyway, if you also have a super inapprope sense of humor, I think you'll like this.