I especially hate them when they occur an hour or so before I go to bed. Lots of lights are on. The TV is on. Sure as I go to bed and fall asleep, the power will come back on. And I’ll have to get up and turn everything off.
It’s not that simple, of course. As I sit here in the dark (not quite dark; I have a battery lantern on), it occurs to me that most of the clocks I reset a few days ago will probably have to be reset again. Among them are the thermostat, so the house won’t warm up when it’s supposed to in the morning. I think that means the house will still be cold when I wake up, but I’m too tired right now to figure it out.
Worse than a cold house, however, will be the coffee not starting when it’s supposed to, so instead of it being hot and fresh and waiting for me when I stumble into the kitchen, I’ll have to turn it on and wait for it …. and first thing in the morning is not the best time to tell me I’ll have to wait for my coffee.
Right now the suspense is getting pretty intense. It’s 11:40 pm and the online outage report website said 11:40 was the estimated time for power restoration. Obviously they were wrong, although they got my hopes up by blinking the lights briefly about 20 minutes ago.
I feel pretty silly sitting here waiting for the lights to come back on just so I can turn them off and go to bed. But we all know what will happen if I go to bed before they come back on …
Well I’ll be damned! 11:43 and the lights just came back on!! I take back everything I said about Xcel Energy.
Now all I have to do is go around and reset all the clocks.
Did I mention I hate power outages?