No one telling you what to do (as in: no kids, no man), no one to worry about, no one making any noise, and no one blowing up your phone - for me, it's paradise. I think I have a 2 day limit on that sort of paradise, but only because the snow is preventing me from feeling like I can go anywhere if I want to. Yesterday I did a couple of errands to quench that drive for mobility - today I did a couple rounds of shoveling.
Other than being bummed about Super Bowl and not watching the first half with my family like I ALWAYS DO - I am not at all bothered that I get a bonus day of house time. The only thing I am worried about is if the power goes out again. I do have a generator now, but I have no idea how to use it, or if it even has gas, OR if I even have an extension cord here.
After taking a few minutes to the admire the beauty of my yard and the peaceful snow that keeps it blanketed, I started to think about supplies.
- both food and snacks - check.
- Reading material not requiring electricity or power
- Computer and phones charged to 100, just in case
- Lots of warm blankets and snow gear
- Diet Pepsi and Amp
ALERT: if anyone is heading North this afternoon, if you could throw a case of Diet Soda out the window as you pass my house, it would be GREATLY APPRECIATED.
I do not so much think it's dangerous to drive the 1/4 mile to the gas station if I get desperate for these items, it's that actually getting out of my DRIVEWAY can prove to be dangerous part, NO MATTER HOW FAR you plan on going. The curb gets packed with runoff so tightly, I can't shovel it away. And if I don't have a wide enough opening, I can't power through it.
If I get stuck, well, that's about the worst it can get. Scratch that - if my ass end is actually IN the drive, there's hope for survival. If not, that mean half my car is hanging out in the slippery main drive of M53. That's about the worst it can get. For the car, not me. I'm not dumb enough to stay in it.
As the boys have sucked my dry of everything else, I have one can of Amp and than I am onto water. Damn. With water as my only option, I make take the risk later - I haven't yet decided how badly I hate drinking water.
In my normal alone-ness routine, I have the tv on for noise - and Alaskan Bush People and Alaska, The Last Frontier has been on a steady stream. (You know - because my life is SO MUCH like theirs now....)
I would LOVE to shoot a mock video chronicling my *survival* in a small town rural community, and doing over-the-top comparisons as I narrate what I am doing to the camera crew:
"Well, you see now, it's crucial that I'm always prepared. The last thing you want is to be caught in a life or death situation without your survival gear. That is why I am currently checking to see if all of my make up is securely put away and out of the dangerous reach of the beast."
Yes. The ideas for my mock video flood my head when I am out shoveling:
"It's important that I keep my walkways and driveways clear. Being all by myself up here in wilderness means it all rests on my shoulders. It doesn't allow for laziness or mistakes."
Camera Crew: "Don't you have neighbors, like on either side of you?....with snow blowers?"
Me: "Don't be fooled by the word Neighbor and its friendly connotation. Most of them will kill you for the North Face coat off your back. You'd be smart to not get close."
OH MAN, too bad Rie wasn't home to enhance the insanity. It's always more fun now that his imagination and sense of humor is nearly on par with mine. Emerson - well, whether or not he is here texting or at his dad's texting, it only makes a difference if Abby is around and he comes out of his teenageness long enough to pretend he uses real words and interacts with actual people. I cannot bring myself to tell Abz it's an act.
Riley's room has a view of the back where it makes our house look like it really is isolated on a wonderful, quiet, deserted piece of land. Rather than smack dab on Main St with traffic noise. But today - on Day 2 of Operation: Can Sarah Survive Isolation - even the roads are quiet.
I love it.
And you? You are welcome to join me up here any time. ANY TIME. Just bring your own drinks and watch out for the *neighbors.* Or, at least "don't say I didn't warn ya..."