Camping Inside

Violent spring storms blew through the DFW Metroplex in the wee hours of Thursday morning, knocking out electricity to many in the area — the wee house of the Lizardqueen included.  Electricity wasn’t restored until 9pm (which I didn’t know would happen).  So just in case, I procured more lanterns at Target (we only had the one) and butane stove lighters (to light our gas range to heat water).

One of the lanterns was this really cool LED light/FM radio hand-crank thingie that recharges its battery.  It also has a plug for a cell phone.  I’d find a picture of it, but I don’t recall the brand off the top of my head.  The Hubby was amused that the LEDs would flicker and pulse to the rhythm of the music and voices from the radio.

Thank goodness most of the baby gear — like the Sleep Sheep, the Twilight Turtle light, the swing, the rocker, and the bouncer — ran on batteries, or else Daniel would’ve had a problem falling asleep.  As it was, it was like camping inside.  I even had all the candles lit up in the living room, which gave a cozy, warm yellow light.  The windows were open to air out the stuffy house, and, what with the various sounds from appliances and computer gear silenced, the outside sounds of the wind through the trees and crickets chirping came through clearly but softly into the house.

It was so calm and peaceful that I almost jumped out of my skin when the electricity came back on.  All of that noise!

The lights remained off, and the candles illuminated the living room in a cozy, warm glow until the Hubby and I retired for the night.

Yes, I didn’t get any grading done that evening.  But it was a nice change of pace and was worth being behind on grading.


About lizardqueen

If single-mothering were a paid job, I'd be rich. However, it doesn't, so I write (which doesn't pay the bills) and teach (which does). I'm overly-educated in the liberal arts, but that doesn't hinder my ability to be pragmatic and realistic. YAY.
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2 Responses to Camping Inside

  1. lizardqueen says:

    Read it.

    Huh. Well, it’s been a bit since I’ve been a regular part of UD (since my doctoral graduation in spring 2006), and so I can’t judge what the current student body is like, if Grant is accurate or not.

    But what I *do* know is that our group — the early nineties — certainly knew how to entertain themselves, often with much creativity in a, well, Dionysian sort of way. I can’t help but recall the memory of seeing Gregory Hall burn down, and thus recall all the stories Sean Sutton had when he was RA there.


    But perhaps there’s something generational there. We’re GenXers, with all the cynical, rebellious individualism often found in our group, while the current student body are Millenials, with all the idealistic, obedient communalism often found in that group.

    Of course, these are just generalities.

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