Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Zombie Apocalypse

Sunday the power went out about two in the afternoon. Initially it wasn't a big deal, it was day light the heat had been on all morning, we had eaten lunch, Ivy was down for her nap, everything was good.

As the day wore on it got a little more inconvenient, there aren't any windows in any of our bathrooms. Good thing we are all girls.

Time to take my little Ivy Love home and I was on the horns of a dilemma, take Mo with me and leave the fireplace unattended or leave her home with candles and the fireplace. I called Baby Daddy and explained the problem, he came to pick up little Miss Ivy and return her to her Momma.

I started to be very grateful that I had all that food storage, the lights might be out but I have a manual can opener, we could still eat.

Mo's boyfriend and a few friends came over, they played Monopoly in front of the fire while I drank wine and read by candlelight.

I felt very pioneerish. I could handle this, as long as my phone has a charge I know what time it is and am not cut off from the world.

The power company said the power should be back on by ten, I started to worry about not being able to charge my cell phone. I realized how reliant I am on electicity and technology.

There is only one clock in my house that is not digital and electric. We have no home phone. I cannot live without google! My stove is electric.

It was so fun to watch the kids. They decided that this was the zombie apocalypse and we didn't have enough weapons. They played Monopoly as couples, it got pretty cutthroat, they were talking about whose kids were gonna be on the street corner with will work for food signs. It was hysterical.

I was able to type this blog on my netbook because the battery had not yet died. I was proud of myself for having lots of candles and batteries for the flashlights. Mo and I are both very good about keeping our cars gassed up and if this were a real emergency we would not have starved but I did learn some things that I still need:

1. Logs for the fireplace, Mo ran and got some but what if the stores weren't able to open, one more thing for the food storage.

2. Battery operated or wind up alarm clock.

3. A way to charge the cell phones that doesn't require electricity.

4. A wireless internet connection that is not dependent on electricity.

5. More battery powered lights. Candles are great but there is a limit to how many you want to use.

6. Wine. I do not have enough wine for an emergency and I certainly do not want to meet the zombies sober.

It was one of the most wonderful evenings I've spent in a long time. Usually when all the kids are here I'm kind of in and out, I bring in snacks and drinks, take out the trash, just general picking up, but I'm really eavesdropping, making sure nothing unsavory is going on.

This time we were all in the same room, even Clementine, who is snoring next to me as I write this. I got to listen to them interact with each other, and occassionally they even asked for my opinion.

Thank you Rocky Mountain Power for keeping the lights out and letting me spend time with some great kids.


  1. Maybe you should plant grapes in that backyard of yours next year then we can make our own wine! (we can stomp the grapes when the power goes out:})

  2. I hate being without power - it makes me twitchy! I would make a really rotten pioneer woman. Glad you had a good time with the kids though.

  3. It sounds like a good time to me!
    I'm glad to know my kids aren't the only ones preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse. If you run short on weapons for it, mine can make a mean bamboo spear.

  4. Now you know what my life was like before indoor plumbing,phone or electricity and no tv,we used oil lamps to read and play cards by. Wow we have come a long way baby....

    Love You Momma

  5. We had a power outage last week too. I think it was because it rained for the first time this year. (Yeah, the power companies can be expected to be prepared for rain in late October.) Like you, I found it kind of fun! The dogs liked the candlelight and conversations, rather than the drone of the tv all evening long.

  6. Wow, drinking wine and reading by candlelight while the kids play games sounds absolutely ideal and lovely. When our power is out, I like to lay on the sofa with my book and a flashlight propped on my shoulder. =)


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