For once, I'm doing a morning entry. Why? Ohh...I've got something to say.
First of all, I posted the link in the previous entry as to why animals shouldn't have milk. Check it out if you wanna know.
Now then. Yesterday was not a day I want to repeat. (Amy thinks back to Groundhog Day. Good grief - poor Bill Murray. Anyway...) I was sitting at my computer yesterday, around 5:30 or so.....when the computer and light in the room shuts off. Weird because the rest of the house still had power. I figured a breaker had popped, so I put on my shoes and headed to the door to go look, whenthe rest of the housewent dark, too. I had heard a pop sound, but I didn't think much of it. I went out the back door, stepped off the porch (it was raining, like it has been for the past week now), and slipped. Yep, I slipped. On the step. and it was not pretty. We'll just leave it at 'My lower back and hand are currently not going to be touched. By anyone.' and I wrenched the bad knee. Oh...and guess what...I also caught whatever cooties the kids had been passin around. Say it with me now 'What the <word that rhymes with duck>?!' Ohhhhhhh but that's not the end of it. Come on, it's ME were talking about here.... after I was able to get up and hobble my way over to the breaker box, which looked completely fine.....I went back into the house and Ryan said 'Remember that pop we heard? Maybe its Thelma's power lines again...??' I should pause to mention that last year, the neighbors trees, which are tangled in the power lines, knocked power out, sparked all over the end of the street, and generally caused us all to think that it was only a matter of time before a live wire came flying our way and burned the <insert expletive here> house down. We told her she needed to cut the trees down, but she is 85 yrs old and thinks that it should only cost $100 to cut down 5 trees and she's not paying a penny more. @@ Dumb ass. Let's just risk everyone getting electrocuted because your dumb ass doesn't realize it's 2005 and inflation has hit since 1975, ok?! ::deepbreath::
So. Indeed it was the power line that had snapped. A tree fell over in her yard and ripped power lines down .....about three poles worth. I called the electric company and told them of the outage, and then waited for Jesse to come home. He got home about 10 minutes later, so I was showing him what happened...and he sees the neighbor sitting in her yard calm as can be oblivious to everything (umm....hello...even to the fallen wires and broken tree that happens to be about 20 feet away from her). He jokes saying 'What'd you do?!' She was like 'Huh? what do you mean?' Oh. My. <you know what I said> Gawd! I had to go inside before I let loose. Really.
So, we wait for the repair guy to show up. He finally does and we're like Yay! .....only to have him look at all the wire carnage with a 'WHATTHEHELL?!' face and say 'Uhhhhhh...I'm going to have to go back and send the big trucks out for this.' (you think?)
This started at 5:30. The trucks finally came at......7ish. That was ok, I can understand what our ranking is...especially since it was only our house without power. But...um.....these are LIVE POWER LINES ON THE GROUND. Yeah, let's just have it rain a little harder and see what happens, shall we? 'Oohh.....look at the pretty colors!!' ::ahem:: Anyway. The THREE trucks come rumbling down the street. 7 guys are all standing there with their arms crossed staring at the wires. They stared for a good 10 minutes. Meanwhile, the kids are just sitting at the window looking at these guys like 'Pleeeeeeeeease fix it I want to watch TVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV' (oh, it was sad...) So. After about 15 minutes of them staring at it, one guy knocks on our door and tells us they ALL have to go back and get splicing equipment and what have you. WTF?! Didn't the first guy TELL THEM this?! ugh.... (Let's keep in mind, that now, the pain from my back is going into overdrive and I'm not even trying to smile politely. I'm just ......there. Vicodin, Motrin, Drixoral, Tylenol. Hell, all I needed was a shot of tequila and life would have been allllllright....but I didn't think about it.)
They leave. I looked at my crockpot of roast and said 'Screw it...we can still make tortas...' so we got out the propane grill......and grilled our bread in the dark. @@ I should say that soon after the first guy left, Jesse went over to the other neighbors' house and went to hook up a generator, only to have it not work, so then the neighbor was like 'Duh...just run an extension cord to my outlet.....at least you'll be able to plug in the fridge, freezer, TV, & fans.....' so we did. But, basically the whole house was dark except for the TV and the lamp in the kitchen. I should mention ....that being in FL with no A/C for the whole night is not exactly a joy, but I digress. We ate dinner....watched Cartoon Network.....yada yada.....and finally around 1 AM when we all realized the trucks weren't coming back any time soon, we brought the extension cord down the hallway and plugged in fans into our bedrooms and went to sleep.....in the very very dark house. (well, *I* was OUT....I already had enough meds to bring down a horse, don'tcha know...) Jesse tossed and turned and was about to off himself cuz he was so hot, but I was ok since the fans were on.....
..and about 3 AM, Ryan comes in and says 'Mom....Dad...the trucks are back....' Jesse hopped up and went to turn off lights that we had left on accidentally.....and we waited for relief..... About 45 minutes later..... we had A/C.
We saw that the guys had cut down the tree that got caught up in the power lines, and I'm sure the neighbor is pissed... "Oh, that tree is one me and my late husband planted 95 years ago!!!" Whatever.
So.....I woke up this morning feeling like C.R.A.P. (eh....but I look good, so what does it matter, right? Hee.....) I haven't started to officially bruise yet, but time will tell.
So.....no repeat of this day again, please. Oh, wait.....hurricane season is here. ::sigh:: We probably WILL have a repeat. Hmm... I'll just stay off the damn porch next time, though.....