Risky Business

Earlier this evening it rained briefly when I got home from work. Thank heavens for the perfect timing as I was not dressed to deal with the rain at all. The brief downpour was followed by a five minute power outage which took me almost three minutes to figure out. At the time I had just powered my laptop and was waiting for my browser to let me onto WordPress so I could read the writings of others when my screen displayed a ‘you are not connected to the internet’ error message. Of course I assumed this was some kind of mistake so I reloaded the page. As you can imagine the same message was displayed on my screen and this time it appeared annoyingly faster than my initial attempt. I closed the browser and fired it up again convinced that whatever  was going on should have now fixed itself. Alas! Another error message. And that’s when I heard it. The irritating beep! beep! beep! produced by the door alarm as a result of lost connection to power (or so I assume). Then I noticed the digital watch on the stove was blank and so was the one on the microwave. Huh!! My first thought was an electrical malfunction. Then I checked all other electrical devices; the TV, sound system and the fridge.Sigh! Who was going to go down to the basement in the dark to fix the malfunction (not that I even know where the thing-what is it called again?-is located). Standing there trying to decide my next cause of action, I realized the neighbours houses were awfully quiet and dark. Not to say I live in some wildly noisy area but a little music from neighbourhood houses is often carried across the picket fences by the winds. Plus normally there’s lighting on patios. And that’s when it hit me. A power outage!

New Girl
…I could feel the anxiety building…

Suddenly I could feel the anxiety building from within me. I knew I had a bunch of candles. But where? How was I going to make dinner? What would happen to all the food in the fridge and the freezer? How was I going to take a shower? My laptop was starting to get low on charge (I had about three quarter battery life left) and so was my phone at 50%. I was already envisioning calling in sick the following morning for lack of water to shower and ordering in as I could not leave the house for the same reason. I could not imagine how I was going to spend the night in total darkness but my jumbled thoughts did not permit me to remember the last place I stored the candles. Just then, when I was beginning to feel the temperature of the room increasing, I heard the sweetest sound of all times. That loud fridge noise that announced the return of electricity. Thank you Manitoba Hydro for saving me from a night of fear and starvation. The only thing I might have enjoyed was the warranted day off to save my coworkers from the stench of a full day of work and sleep.
It’s an unnerving thought; the possibility of an extended power outage. How do you prepare for this? How can I be prepared and function as close to normalcy as possible without power?

Author: Valerie

I am a storyteller, a writer. I post new articles every other Tuesday. Life is full of wonder. Life is beautiful. I love the uncertainty that comes with it. The ups and downs of living -its high points and low moments, the good times and the bad. I love it all. But what I love even more, is writing about it! I enjoy mentoring girls and young women. Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing women rocking in whatever they pursue. My writing however, is in most cases unisex. There is a little something for everyone on all matters lifestyle. My most passionate topic areas include fulfilling my life goals (fighting procrastination), my relationship with money,  and self love (because no one else will know how you expect to be treated if you don't treat yourself right). And then there's travel, food, fashion and books. I have a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (BBA). I also possess extensive experience  and education in communication studies. Welcome to my world. Comment, share and have some fun while you're at it. Are you looking for a creative writer? Or would you like to collaborate? Drop me an email at: memoirsofakenyan@hotmail.com

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