Our electricity along with probably almost everyone's who is reading this, went out Tuesday night around 10pm. We packed up our stuff and headed to my parents house who fortunately still hate electricity. Well us 4, along with my 2 other sisters, 3 nieces, my niece's husband, 2 brother in laws, 2 great nieces, and 2 great nephews, packed into mom and dads house. Well wouldn't you know at around 12:15 we heard a loud pop. The transformer blew and we were in the dark once again. With people sleeping everywhere, in an extra bed, couch, and the living room floor looking like army barracks, we got a little sleep. The next day was filled with trying to keep warm as the day progressed, cooking grilled cheese and vegetable soup over a little one burner propane camp stove in the laundry room with the window open for ventilation. Sharing blankets and sitting around talking. My nephew and his fiance stopped by to check on us and the night turned into fun playing Spoons, Bullcrap, and a hilarious game of Cranium. With everyone huddled in the living room floor using battery operated lanterns, we made the most of our little sleepover. Today we were told we would have electricity by this morning because they needed to fix the neutral line and would be back but we waited and watched the utility truck come, stare at the pole and leave never to return. The day turned into more camp fire burner cooking, my brother in law playing some songs on the guitar and piling on layers since inside is no longer much different than outside. Luckily our house has electricity as of about 3 hours ago so we brought the kids home to get warm and take showers and offered my family a place to take a warm shower or sleep, even though we don't have much room. Everyone decided to stay at my parents for the time being but we don't know how much longer they will be out, the last we were told, it could be several days. Hopefully not, but it just shows you how much fun you can have without the interruption of the television or computer or even lights for that matter.
As a family you can still laugh and have fun and make the most of any situation.
I wanted to share a photographer that deserves recognition, someone who's work I admire, so I thought I would share this man especially in honor of Veteran's Day this week. He is now a photographer for the New York Times and has taken some extraordinarily touching photographs. He spent a year with the Marines stationed at Aurora's Buckley Air Force Base who were called to notify families of the deaths of their loved ones in Iraq.
This is an article in the Rocky Mountain News about the marines he photographed. Final Salute It's a bit long but well worth the read.
This is Todd's website ToddHeisler.com To view the Final Salute series, click on the M in the menu and the gallery is at the bottom. Have a box of tissues handy.
I put together a collage of some I did from yearbookyourself.com
I think 1960, even with the glasses, is my favorite. It's classy. The first one I had a good laugh at, the last one is actually the year I graduated lol. I love the hair style in 98! The rest I found pretty humorous.