Well, as some of you have probably heard, a lot of Oklahoma has been without power this week. It started icing on Sunday night in Tulsa. I didn't really think it did all that much but it sure caused a lot of damage! Our power went out at home around 2:00 Monday morning. They cancelled school, which was good because I couldn't do my hair (I know that sounds lame, but if any of you have seen my hair after I let it dry while I sleep, you understand the dilemma!). My family went to the mall on Monday morning just to get out of the house. It wasn't too crowded at first, but then word got out that there was power and food there and it was packed by lunchtime. We went back home and sat and stared at each other for a while, and about 3:00 we got our power back! We charged our cell phones and watched TV and enjoyed the heat. My grandparents and my aunt and uncle still didn't have power, so we cooked dinner and they came over to warm up and eat. About 7:00, the power went back out. And it didn't come back on. It gets REALLY cold at night with no heat. I was sleeping with 4 or 5 blankets on my bed and I was still cold. Not to mention the plastic shields on my eyes, but that's another story.
So, Tuesday we were out of school again and my mom and I went over to my dad's sister's house to dry our hair and straighten it and re-charge our cell phones. We went over to eat dinner with some friends from church that had power. Wednesday we didn't have school again and we just sat and played cards next to the fire all day. The days are incredibly long without power. Especially when it gets dark. We had candles lit everywhere and if you wanted to walk around the house you had to take a flashlight or a lantern. We felt like we lived in the olden times. We were listening to the radio in the car and they said this,"People called in saying that they really enjoyed having the TV off and spending time with their families, talking and playing board games that first night. But by the second day, they were pretty much over that feeling!" Pretty much sums up our feelings too! It would have been much more enjoyable if it wasn't so cold. We were pretty much confined to the living room in front of the fire, and it's been incredibly overcast, so that made it hard to read or see much even during the daytime. We didn't have church services on Wednesday evening, so that made for another long evening. I ended up going to spend the night with Kelsey because her power was back on. It was nice to sleep in a warm room! Today (well, I guess technically yesterday)...ok, Thursday we were out of school yet again and we found out that we're not going back until Monday, so I fled to Stillwater. Originally I was going to come because of the power, but while I was at Kelsey's last night Michael got the stomach flu and I didn't want the plague, so I ran home and packed some stuff and drove out here to stay with Matt. As of around 7 tonight, my mom called and the power is back on at home, so that's excellent! All in all, with the exception of 4 hours, we were without power for 3 1/2 days. I'm telling you, we take electricity for granted! It's amazing how much you miss it when it's gone. Be thankful! Please pray for all of the people out here that still don't have power. There are a lot. It's amazing to drive around town and see all of the damage that this storm has done. Trees are down everywhere...on houses, on cars. It's incredible.
The Survior Tree at the site of the OKC Bombing.
Now it's supposed to snow 4" Friday and Saturday, so we're not done yet. Hopefully it's not too bad. I'm ready to get back to school. I was out last week on Thursday and Friday for my eye surgery, so I've been out an extra long time. Although, this week is going to be nuts. The week before Christmas is always crazy in 2nd grade, but throw that in with an unexpected week-long vacation before, and you've got yourself insanity! But, it should be fun. Lots of crafts and stories and games. Yay!
My surgery went wonderfully! It's been a week and I'm definitely used to this whole "not wearing contacts or glasses and I can still see" thing! If any of you out there are considering Lasik, I'd say go for it! It's pretty pricy, but save up your money or get a payment plan and just do it. It's by far the best money I've ever spent. If you're worried about pain, there is none. I could see amazingly by the next morning and it's only gotten better. The only bad part was remembering to use my 3 different eye drops at least 4 times a day and having to sleep with plastic shields over my eyes for 5 nights to make sure I didn't rub my eyes in my sleep. It was such a wonderful, life changing event in my life! Hooray for seeing!