Today I have the luxury of sitting in the comfort of the lobby of the Hampton Inn in Manchester CT while the rest of the world is dark around me. No, I don't have a room but they are letting me charge my phone and use the wireless network. The small things we are grateful for!
I am currently #54 on the waiting list to get a room here so I have a long road ahead of me. The only thing I am banking on is that either I or someone I know gets their power back soon. I have friends and relatives in several towns and I know one of them will invite me in when they get their power back, as I will invite them in if I get my power back.
In the meantime, we are cleaning out the debris, gingerly moving dangerous branches in the front yard (and not allowing anyone in the backyard where it's really dangerous). And we will take it one day at a time, but in the meantime (because I have so much time to think these days), I think about the things I am really grateful for:
- An outdoor grill to cook the defrosting food
- A Bialetti espresso pot so I can make coffee on the outdoor grill
- The longjohns that somehow I never got around to throwing out
- My Smart Wool socks that are the warmest socks ever
- Daytime temperatures that reach into the 50s
It's kind of funny what you appreciate when lose electricity. With over 800,000 people without power, I don't expect getting back to normal for many days, but I will hope for the best.