Ice Storm

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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  1. bethh

    I had my first houseguest in over a year – my sister’s power was out for the last 24 hours. We think it’s back now, so not as impacted as your part of town. Still, what a huge mess!

  2. Vickie


    Glad you had no major damage.

    I am in Indiana with major snow and cold temps. We had a night a week or so ago where the power blinked a few times and I started to wonder. We have a gas fireplace that works with no electricity. And my stove top has gas burners that we can light by hand. So we can keep ourselves above freezing and cook. And I can put the cold stuff outside to keep it cold, BUT I was so not looking forward to any of it. Luckily it did not go out.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s great you have options. We are looking into how to convert our fireplace to a gas one for the future.

      At least in Indiana, you guys are kind of prepared and used to really cold temps!

      1. Vickie

        If your chimney is still there, even though it cannot be used for fire, they can probably put a sealed pipe up the opening so you can vent the fireplace. I am all about vents on gas fireplaces. Ours is sealed. Glass front, vented chimney. Can start with manual ignition switch.

        Of course when the power is out, no fan on it. But it still warms house. And heat from the room cannot go up the chimney (glass).

        My mother does not have a glass front on hers. Hers is a real fireplace converted to gas. It is great for regular use, but she thinks it actually sucks heat from house up the chimney.

        1. Lisa Eirene

          We are looking into converting. The chimney is till intact!

  3. Symone

    We just had the craziest winter storm week I’ve ever seen in Austin and I’ve lived here quite a while. Like you, we were luckier than a lot of folks around the city. Our power only went out for about 2 hours total, so we had heat, which was better than what a lot of the neighborhoods around here experienced. We were also out of running water for 3 days. I will never take a flushing toilet for granted again. We still have friends without running water. I’m so grateful that the temperature has been above freezing for the last couple of days. So sorry about your food and the leak in the basement. I was worried about busted pipes, but so far so good.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh wow! I hope you guys are all ok in Austin. Austin was just hammered! We have family in Fort Worth and Dallas and Dallas was hit hard but nothing compared to Austin and Houston it seems. I hope you guys are doing ok now.

      1. Symone

        Thank you! We are ok. What a difference a day makes. It was in the 70s today and it was hard to believe that we had a winter storm last week…crazy Texas weather.

        1. Lisa Eirene

          Hopefully you guys won’t have flooding!

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