ice ice baby

Oh, the joy of no power, no heat, and especially, no internet. Not.

We had a massive ice storm last night. As expected, we lost the power just as we were heading to bed around 10. By noon today it was 55 degrees in the house.  By 4pm we were checked into a nearby Radisson. No we’re not wimps! We could handle the lack of warmth if only both of our jobs didn’t require internet access. And DH’s job is in the news business. And his office doesn’t have power either. Kinda hard to get the news out to the people who need it if you can’t actually do your job.

We were very very lucky to get a hotel room by the way. The first one I called had no power, the second was booked and this one booked up about 20 minutes after I got our room. The hotel is full of refugees like ourselves. We recognize each other by our haphazard bags, warm coats, and kids dragging behind us. We aren’t the typical business traveler the place usually hosts. The frazzled hotel staff doesn’t know what to make of all this. They were caught unaware and unprepared, but happy to have the business. We’re just happy to have a warm bed and wifi.

Tomorrow morning we’ll go check on the house see how cold it’s become and decide if we need to drain the pipes so they don’t freeze. It’s supposed to get down below 15 tonight, a high of 20 tomorrow, and then a low of 7 tomorrow night. That’s 7 degrees Fahrenheit. Have mercy.

Luckily Radissons accept pets so George may come back here with us tomorrow night. Hopefully that won’t be necessary and we’ll have electricity by then. I’m not holding my breath though. I kind of like breathing.

The predictions are that we’ll have power back in 2-5 days. If we can keep the pipes from freezing until Monday we should be good, since a warm front is coming in then. Unfortunately, a warm front will mean the contents of my refrigerator that are staying cold out in my screen porch right now will spoil after all, along with everything still in both of my freezers.

All three of us are still coughing, the end of our colds in sight but still likely to keep each other up all night with the hacking. But it doesn’t matter, because we’re comfortable, warmer and more comfortable than most in this area tonight. And we’re about to order room service.

We did find a little beauty in the day:

Ice storms are nothing if not gorgeous. You can check hubby’s flickr for more pics of it. He took all of these at our house. What we should have photographed were the downed power lines at the end of our road, and more downed power lines further down the road, and fallen trees every few feet all the way down the road. And lots of roadblocks. You get the idea.

My very best to my local friends that read here. You all know who you are and I hope you are all faring well.

Will update as best I can tomorrow. xoxo


7 Responses to “ice ice baby”

  1. Write From Karen on December 12th, 2008 7:41 pm

    Oh boy, can I SOOOO relate to what you’re going through. We had an ice storm come through here (Spfld Mo) January 2007 and it knocked 90% of the city’s power out. We were personally out for 11 days. We didn’t stay in a hotel, we roughed it out at home – the first three days were spent huddling and in the dark. My husband was finally able to buy a generator (off a semi-truck from out of town) and we slowly established a routine called surviving. *smile*

    But our city was a war zone for a while and in fact, was later declared a national disaster.

    We learned a lot from that storm and we’ll never be that unprepared again. I pray you get power back very soon. We’re here, even if you can’t see us. *smile*

  2. magpie on December 12th, 2008 8:42 pm

    I still remember a huge ice storm that happened when I was a kid. Beautiful. Deadly, but beautiful.

  3. AndreAnna on December 13th, 2008 7:56 am

    Ughm poor thing!

    This happened to us a couple of years ago with a 8 month old and a dog. We had nowhere to go because hotels wouldnt take our dog and our families were also out of power.

    It sucked.

    Needless to say after that weekend, we bought a generator. And though it has sat in my garage since, I like the comfort in knowing that we have it.

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  4. T with Honey on December 13th, 2008 9:24 am

    Our place has no electric or phone. We stayed with some friends with power last night. With the news on temps I think we’ll spend the day trying to locate the closest generator. I heard Lowes may have some in RI – time for a small-ish road trip!

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  5. Krista on December 13th, 2008 12:20 pm

    I’m glad you’re ok! We lucked out and just got rain here, but I remember an ice storm like that when I was in HS. Luckily we got power back in 2 or 3 days, but there was 24 hour curfew for a week! A schoolbus picked up people to get groceries. We were all stir crazy by the end of the week.

    I hope you get to go home soon!

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  6. Melissa on December 13th, 2008 12:30 pm

    We’re holed up in the Extended Stay America by Exit 8. You should come over and party with us!

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  7. Kaza on December 13th, 2008 5:09 pm

    Oh no! Glad you’re holed up in a hotel at least. That ice is pretty, even if it is causing so much trouble. Yikes. And I thought we were feeling cold here, getting down into the 30s! Stay warm.

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