Tuesday, July 4, 2017

we celebrated july 4th weekend like our forefathers. with no electricity.

I spent last week at a work conference at the biggest indoor water park in the nation.  My job unfortunately has nothing to do with aquatic leisure activities, but there's also a convention center at the resort where we spent most of our time.  The resort is safari themed, so the employees wore mostly black with animal print accents.

I always say that I hate it when I stop at Target and realize I'm wearing my khakis and red polo shirt.  This is a joke, because I never in my life wear khakis and a red polo shirt.

However, one day at the resort, I unintentionally wore a black blouse and dress pants and my leopard print peep toe heels, and blended right in with the staff.

No bare feet in the lobby, folks, and the water park closes at 10!

I got home on Friday night, and on Saturday we decided, for a variety of reasons, that instead of refinishing the old hardwood floors in the living room, we would put down a new floor.  We went to Home Depot to make the purchase and they were giving away free hot dogs outside.

If you've ever wondered if I'm too proud to eat a free hot dog from Home Depot, the answer is no, no I'm not.

It was delicious.  

A big storm was rolling in as we arrived home, so we settled in on the back patio to watch, because there's nothing better than a summer thunderstorm.  Things got pretty bad pretty quickly, so we moved inside, only to look out a while later and see a perfect rainbow.  

I only wish there had been an actual pot of gold at the end of it, because did I mention new hardwood floor$?

It ended up to be a beautiful evening, so it was very odd that the power went off around 9:30, hours after the rain stopped.  I thought it might be a fluke, but when it didn't come back on after a few minutes, we checked the electric company's website to see it was expected to return by 1 a.m.

Matt and I laid in bed watching the minutes tick by, and Matt took that moment to share with me that "You know, this is the most common time for homes to get robbed.  When the power is out.  It's dark, phone lines are dead, you can't turn a light on to see what's going on."

On that comforting note, I tried to fall asleep but our room was only getting hotter by the minute. At one point around midnight, Matt sighed and said, "Okay, let's talk about things.  Where are the rations?"

When 1 a.m. came and went with no power, Matt said, "Laura, my survivability rate is about a 2.  You might have to go on without me."

That escalated quickly.

At 2 a.m., we were fanning ourselves with (ironically) the user's manual for the air conditioner that I keep in my nightstand drawer, and  Matt said, "Let's play a game to make time go faster.  How about I Spy?"


I wish I could say the power came back on in the morning, but it didn't.  We went out for breakfast, and COFFEE, and then Matt borrowed a generator from his dad so we could keep the fridge going.  And then I took off for the land of central air and electricity, aka my parents' house, and then went shopping with my sister.

Meanwhile, Matt stayed home in the sweltering house and INSTALLED THE HARDWOOD FLOOR.  It was 94 degrees with 1000% humidity.

He's tougher than he acts in the middle of the night.

I cannot even explain to you how hot our house was.  You know how people say you can fry an egg on the sidewalk during hot summer days?  Eggs were practically leaping out of our refrigerator and scrambling themselves.  It was miserable.

By dinnertime on Sunday we were just getting mad.  After we ate I went back to lay in the hammock and Matt brought out a lawn chair, a citronella candle, and his ham radio.  He was in it for the long haul.  Around 8:00 I headed back to the house so I could paint my nails before the sun set (priorities).  I asked Matt if he was coming and he said, "Nope.  I'm not moving until the power comes back on."

The power returned around 1 a.m. on Monday (Matt was inside by then!) and I've never been happier to do laundry.

This weekend marks nine years since Matt and I went on our first date.  I probably wouldn't have guessed then that this is where we would be nine years later, but I'm so glad it is.

I'm also glad he can install hardwood floors.
(Still need to paint and re-carpet the stairs, so feel free to share color ideas!) 


Stephanie said...

I laughed so many times through this. 'what are the rations' hahaha

sara [at] journey of doing said...

1. Matt has all the skills. And to do this with no electricity??! Well done, sir!!
2. LOL at rations. Not LOL at the idea of being robbed at 2am.
3. Boo at not taking advantage of the waterpark... though indoor ones tend to freak me out. I don't know why.

Kelsey said...

Wow, installed in heat + humidity? Couldn't have been easy. You've got a good one!!

Rebecca Jo said...

I dont even think I HAVE a survivability rate.

How did the Ingalls do it with our AC?

Your floors look great!

Brianne said...

LOL well I'm glad you didn't get robbed! On the bright side, at least Matt was a star cop student if it had occurred. I'm glad that your power finally came back on. That sounds absolutely miserable.

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

LOL at the survivability rate! But oooooooh no to installing hardwood floors with no AC in the heat! He rocked it, they came out amazing :)

Michelle said...

This is hilarious, but I would've been SOBBING if that had been me. The AC in my car went out a few days ago in similar heat and that was bad enough! The floors look great, though!

Trista @ The Classy Chaos said...

Wow!! The floor does look amazing!!

rooth said...

"Let's talk about things. Where are the rations?"

I about lost it at that part. Good thing the man can install hardwood floors because he'd be dinner if not. JK (I think)

Katie {The Mishaps and Mayhem of a Solitary Life} said...

OMG I am so sorry that you lost power but it made for the best blog post!! So funny!! Nails should totally be a priority! And Matt is awesome for installing that floor in such conditions!! It it looks great!!!

Callie said...

Oh man, that stinks that you lost power! Right before installing floors too, yuck. They look great though!

Cara - Hanging Off The Edge said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! We are woefully unprepared for any kind of power outage. It's only because our city has an issue of brown water issues that we keep a stash of clean water. Fortunately, as much as I complain about the heat here these days, our basement is always cool, so at least we have somewhere to escape to.

Adrienne at Bentley, Like the Car said...

As always, I want to be your neighbor! But only when you have A/C.

Amie said...

You two are hilarious!

Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld said...

Bahahaha. I really want to just come hang out with you guys one day. Y'all are my kind of people! However, we will need to make sure that the air is on FIRST. I get CRAAAANKY when I'm hot.

Jessica @ I Am Teacher Fit said...

Oh, what a funny story! We had a similar situation a few weeks ago, but thankfully our power was back after just a few hours. Your husband sounds a lot like mine--a total goof, but a take charge kind of guy. :)

Cece @Mahogany Drive said...

How very er historical of you to celebrate the 4th w/o electricity. I totally admire your commitment. Just kidding. How awful! The plus side is all that quality time, the downside is that you were hot and irritable and your food was going bad. Thank goodness for that generator. I wouldn't even know what to do with one of those things but I guess that is what husbands are for.

Dara @ Not In Jersey said...

Well that does not sound fun! I love the rainbow picture though. Thanks for all the comments you've left on my blog in the past - I finally found yours!

Nadine Lynn said...

You might have to go on without me? Hahahahaha this is exactly how my husband is when the power goes out as well. It's been happening a lot at our house with all these storms too. Rough stuff!

Laura at Fantastically Four said...

What!? This is too funny. And too crazy. I have no words. Only sentence fragments.

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Hahaha! His middle of the middle of the night comments cracked me up! Glad you guys both survived! And that you have the floors installed now. So pretty!

Kristy Sayer-Jones @ Southern In Law said...

You guys always have the most hilarious conversations and I couldn't stop laughing at Matt wanting to play I spy when you couldn't see a thing, hahahahahaa.

The floor on the other hand looks AMAZING!

Jenny Evans said...

It's times like this that you can be so thankful you have a blog. Because even though you're practically dying of heatstroke... you still can write a funny post about it in your head for later when the power comes back on.