When the power goes out….

on February 26, 2008 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 8 comments by

things go terribly awry.

Here is a short list of knowledge I gained today, thanks to the SEVERE thunderstorm that bombarded the metro area around 6am. Which is, to my daily chagrin, when I am getting ready in the mornings.

1) It probably is important to have a working flashlight in your house. I’m just sayin….

2) Students have no problem letting you know when your hairdo is subpar. Listen, kids, I had only completed 1/4 of my hair regimen when the power blew. So. Shut it.

3) Having an electric garage door opener is a huge blessing every morning, EXCEPT the mornings when there is no power. Dear Jonathan and Amy, before you moved to Costa Rica, maybe you should have told me what to do if my car is held captive by my garage.

4) Procrastination kicks my tail repeatedly. I thought last night about the importance of straightening up the house since a bunch of real estate agents were passing through today (16 total, according to the pile of business cards on my dining room table). But because I’m a dork, I thought I’d just straighten up first thing this morning.

Trying to find the right place to put sundry household items in the pitch black dark is challenging, to say the least. The bruise on my left shin is proof of this.

5) Barrett Parkway with no working street lights is a like a field of land mines. I’m serious that I felt I needed a helmet. I don’t think that makes perfect sense. But when the entire stretch of road is dark and everyone around you is being ridiculously cautious, and the intersections involve up to 14 lanes, a helmet seems like a good choice.

I wanted to say this: ONE CAR AT A TIME, PEOPLE. Don’t you KNOW how four-way stops work? Because every time that second (third, fourth…) car sneaks through, it throws off everyone’s groove.

Thus making a helmet important.

I know I’m weird. I’m ESPECIALLY weird at 6:30am. But I truly remember gripping the steering wheel and wishing I had a helmet.

And wishing Tatum’s car had more gas, since I had to take her toaster to school. Remember, my Camry was involved in an intense hostage situation.

So, I will be making some changes to my life, thanks to this experience. Namely, opening the garage at the first strike of lightning…. and keeping a hair dryer at school. Sheesh.

It’s Tuesday. Dave Barnes is hookin’ you up with some new music- have a listen! His new album comes out on April 1st, but pre-ordering is the way to go. Seriously, you can order now and get 2 CDs (one for you and one to share!) and a DVD. OR you can order 2 CDs, a DVD, and get a tshirt. Ah… I love tshirts. Do it, people. You life will be better.

Unless you don’t have power. Because no matter how cool Dave Barnes is, he can’t generate electricity.


  1. becky
    posted on Feb 26, 2008 at 11:03 PM  |  reply

    i’ll comment ann downs. AMEN to the B.Pkwy deal, except…I went 3 and 4 cars at a time, tryin to tag along. Did I almost hit you? Or was I the one taggin behindHad I known you’d had such a rough mornin’ I would have advised calling in sick. Which is what I did (the only one, mind you) when I worked in Marietta City, when the power went out one day. They called looking for me 🙂 That always makes ya smile! Have a good evening. I am, wine is flowin.

  2. ManUtd17
    posted on Feb 27, 2008 at 12:06 AM  |  reply


    There should be a pull cord on the garage door track that you can pull to disengage the door for manual operation of said door.

    Just FYI.

  3. Jonathan
    posted on Feb 27, 2008 at 1:43 AM  |  reply

    hey annie! amy here, jg and i are laughing and saying, “dont you just pull the cord.” this is assuming jg installed a cord!!!!!

  4. Shannon
    posted on Feb 27, 2008 at 2:01 AM  |  reply

    Where’s the photo of the subpar hairdo?

  5. Annie
    posted on Feb 27, 2008 at 2:38 AM  |  reply

    Becky, I hope you’re having some raisinets as well.

    Bill, JG, etc- yeah, apparently that’s what that red cord is. I just didn’t know. But people ALL DAY have commented on my lack of knowledge (read: she’s an idiot) and telling me how to do that. Lesson learned.

    Shannon, you must be joking.

  6. AmyKat
    posted on Feb 27, 2008 at 3:18 AM  |  reply

    Yep, BRIGHT RED cord … like hey, look, you can see me even in the dark … you know when the power is out.

    But, be glad you didn’t find it. It can be a pain to get it re-engaged when the power does come on.

  7. Chip
    posted on Feb 27, 2008 at 5:12 AM  |  reply

    I only wish I drove a toaster. Could you imagine? Just grab cinnamon bagels and off you go to work … toasting up while you drive. I’d need a fridge on the side, for cream cheese and Coca-Cola. Ah … Breakfast of runner-ups.


    Quit yer hair job, do kilts.

  8. AtlantaMama
    posted on Feb 27, 2008 at 6:08 AM  |  reply

    Yes… the storm was aweful!! We did not have our power go out but several others around us did end up in the dark… I am so sorry that you were driving in the nonsence. (Sent you an e-mail that some of your shots are posted on my web site now and in the Gallery slide show).

    See you tomorrow!!

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