Ice Storm

All week we were preparing for a snow storm. Friday it snowed a little bit. Daycare was closed, Michael and I still had to work. We played out in the snow a bit during the day but it wasn’t powdery snow, it was icy snow. Over the night our power went out a few times but came back on.

Saturday morning I got up at maybe 6:45, came downstairs, Logan was watching cartoons. I started to feed the cats. Was about to make my coffee when BOOM. Power was out. And not coming back on.

We did some stuff around the house, waiting to see if the power would come back on. There were some downed trees on our street. They I checked the PGE website and the estimate was TWO DAYS.

We decided to head over to Michael’s mom’s house since they still had power and HEAT. The temperature was dropping quickly in the house. Our fireplace does not work.

It was nice to be somewhere warm.

On Sunday there was still no update, still no power. Our dog walker went by the house to check on the kitties, feed them, make sure they were ok. They were doing well.

It was 47 degrees in our house:

Valentine’s Day dinner:

Delicious and lovely, even if it was in not ideal circumstances.

Monday morning we got up, I checked the PGE website and it now said they couldn’t give us an estimate! UGHGHGHGHGHGHGHGHG

We had breakfast, did some stuff and then Michael got a notification on his phone that our power was back on (we have a bunch of “Smart” stuff in the house, like the thermostat) so he was able to monitor it from afar. We packed up and headed home. And saw tons of damage!

Got home around 11. Long story short: we lost most of the food in the fridges and freezers. It sucked. I was expecting it though. I was HOPING some of the freezer stuff would be ok but most of it was defrosted. I cleaned everything out.

We also discovered a leak in the basement! ARRRRGH!!! So then we cleaned up that mess. It’s all cleaned up but I am very worried about what the leak means. No idea where it came from either!

I went to the store and the one by the house had no power and only selling dry goods. I went to another one and they had more things so I could get some essentials. It was quite the rollercoaster of a day.

Thankfully Tuesday daycare finally had power and Logan got to go back to school. I got back to work. Bella and I took a walk in the neighborhood to check out the damage:

We got lucky. Three days of no power, losing all our food, having a leak in the basement, nothing compared to the massive damage some people had. So many lost fences, destroyed trees, damaged roofs. It’s going to be a long time for people to recover. And as I write this, there are still a LOT of people, even if my town, that do not have power still.

Busy Bee

I can’t even remember now if I mentioned this, but I’ve basically been sick for a month! It started with ending up at urgent care with what turned out to be a sinus migraine (I’ve never had a migraine before!) at the beginning of January. And then I’ve been fighting this crap since. It kind of went away for a few days, then came back. Then got super worse (with a fever) so I got antibiotics and another covid test (my third for January oy). 5 days later was feeling almost back to normal! I worked out! For one of the first times in weeks. And then within a day of ending the antibiotics all the symptoms came back. So my doctor gave me a different, stronger one, for 10 days.

I’ve been feeling crappy and run down and tired and also BLAH about doing much. I don’t feel motivated to work out. I barely feel motivated to take Bella for our twice daily walks (I do try and go, but they are shorter walks right now). I have ZERO appetite. Nothing sounds good, nothing tastes good. Everything is just blah. I don’t know if it’s the sinus infection, the antibiotics, the metformin starting to work, or what. I’ve been drinking a lot of protein shakes because food doesn’t sound good.

BUT I did make a yummy dinner last night I wanted to share. Here is the recipe:

It was simple, easy and a good dinner for a weeknight when you don’t have a ton of time.

Very very delicious! Would definitely make this again! We both agree a little more garlic and maybe a little bit of fresh lemon juice next time. A winner!

And one thing I *have* been motivated to do was paint.

When we first saw our house, I loved it and I loved almost all of the colors painted in the house (even the yellow dining room and yellow is not a color I normally gravitate to) but the room that ended up being our office:

Words cannot describe how much I hate the colors in the office. The darker brown, which is hard to tell by the photo but TRUST ME, is the color of baby poop. It’s very not good. The walls are ok–just your average beige. But kinda boring. But seriously. That brown. Hate hate.

Also–they painted the hardwood floors. Which makes me want to cry. The original hardwood floors. Painted. But that will be a huge undertaking. So we bought a rug.

Anyways. Since we’ve been home since March–ALMOST A YEAR omg–I finally had enough. It was time to change the office. I decided to get started and just take it slow, especially since I don’t feel 100%.

I painted the trim with primer and then they took 3 (THREE) coats of white paint to cover the brown. Ugh.

They do look pretty awesome though.

The process to finish the office will take awhile. We need to remove a bunch of stuff, including the desk and office stuff, which needs to happen on a weekend and will make it difficult to do work. So it might be a few weeks before it’s done.

We are also having some of the original windows redone. We have to do it for a lot of reasons. But I am excited that we finally committed and we found a local company that can recreate the original 1920s windows and make them look the same. I am excited for the new ones! Because of that, I am not painting the windows. But the rest of the office will be done (hopefully by the end of the month).