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FranklyStein: Disappointed in Frankenstorm’s failure to leave us in the dark

Despite the pounds of ice, large packs of batteries and well thought out plans of how to keep food from spoiling, we never lost power during the Frankenstorm this week.

Probably because of all our preparations.

And I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed.

I didn’t go into the storm hopping we would lose power. I went into it expecting that we would. After last summer, it seemed like the norm. (Although we were actually among the lucky few who did not lose power after the derecho).

I had all sorts of grand plans of stuff I could do when the power went out and work was impossible. The list included things like cleaning out my drawers, organizing the kids’ winter clothes and straightening up my house. When all that was done, I envisioned myself actually curling up in bed with a book.

I had meals planned that could be made on our gas-stovetop. We would eat by candlelight and then play board games. It all sounded so nice and cozy.

But it never happened.

I spent the day Monday working to get web posts scheduled for the week incase we did lose power. I tried to stay focused on the task because I wasn’t sure how long the power would hold out. As the wind picked up, I was sure it was only minutes until I’d have to close my computer and turn my attention to my room… or maybe go right to my book.

Around dinnertime I made my first stovetop meal (tai peanut butter chicken over rice) which we did not eat by candle light for fear of using up candles we might need later.

After dinner, Chris and I played a board game with the girls (the boys played Wii) but that soon ended as our attention was riveted by the storm coverage on TV. We couldn’t stop watching the images of waves crashing on Ocean City, blizzard conditions in Western Maryland and New York City under water, so there was no curling up in bed with my book.
But I had hope for Tuesday, when I was sure we would wake up with no power and my husband would get the day off. The idea of a day with out power was empowering.

But Tuesday dawned differently than expected. The electricity was still on. My husband had to go to work. The kids were home from school yet another day and my computer beckoned.

So the drawers are still full of summer clothes, the house is a mess and my book remains unopened on my bedside table. And I’m powerless to do anything about it. But at least our house is standing and our family is safe.

Anyone need a bag of ice?

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 13, Lilly, 11, Adam, 11, and Jonah, 7.


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