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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Energy~

Woke this morning to silence. Total silence. No ticking, no humming, no power. No coffee. No computer. No TV. Not the way I like to start my day, for sure. Could be worse, I decide. I have a gas stove so I put on a small pan of water and search my cabinet for a coffee filter, locate one and pour some grounds in. When the water is just short of boiling, I put the filter on top of my coffee cup and slowly pour the very hot water over the grounds. My pioneer version of the drip coffee maker works, sorta. Not a great cup of coffee, but coffee nonetheless.


Our power company is called Consumer's Energy.  


Point is, I was without ENERGY this morning. The electrical kind and consequently, the self-induced kind.  I decided to wash windows, since that doesn't require electricity.  It does require energy, but I thought I could muster up enough with just one more of those cups of coffee. I made another, drank it up and checked my phone and made a couple of comments and then got busy.


Our sump pump (a pump in the basement used to keep the basement from flooding, for those who don't have these issues) has a battery back-up. If our power is off, the back-up will just take over. It does, however, beep!  Annoying! I shut off the alarm and it is supposed to stay off for 24 hours while still pumping out water. Today, it stayed off for about 30 minutes at a time. So, the window washing was interrupted by me running down to push and hold the "silent alarm for 24 hour" button every 30 minutes.  That used up a lot of energy. The windows I chose to wash, are not in the basement!  Up and down, up and down.  JEESH.


The computers started beeping to inform me the power was returning and I quickly finished the window I was working on and ran for the coffee pot!  Oh, my beautiful Keurig was glowing blue with delight in just a few seconds.  I lost myself in my first REAL cup of coffee and finally came to life along with the electronics in my home.  


The windows can be done another day. I'm over that for now. I am going to take my new found energy (Keurig induced) off to the office and get some more work done on the rewrite of my Princess book.  I have not been very disciplined about working on it and I feel like this is as good a day as any to sit myself down for a few hours and accomplish a few chapters, at the very least.


I will be refilling my cup before moving away from this laptop and into the seclusion of the office.  I'm not secluded from anything while in there, though. The furbabies will follow me in and find their own favorite spot to keep an eye on me. I could have treats hidden in there and they don't want to take a chance on missing out. AND Dad isn't home, so might as well follow the mom.


Ya know, my energy level is in direct proportion to my caffeine intake, do ya think that's a concern?


*shuffling off now to fix my coffee and my book*


Jo

26 comments:

  1. LOL--never fun to wake up with no energy as a result of the electrical energy being off. At least you have a plan B for your coffee--even if it isn't the best--thankfully you could have some. I have lots of windows that need washed here...you I now have 10 bottles of wine stored up--just incase you get the urge to drive to Ohio for some window washing..ha ha!! Great post Jo :) You made me smile ♥

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    1. Wine for windows! I like that! On my way...♥

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  2. I think I would go crazy if I woke up and didn't have electricity! I would live with my coffee though, I drink instant folgers LOL

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    1. Ah, but if you don't have a gas stove, you can't get the water warm enough to make instant! My water is short lived without electricity as well. We live in the country and have a well. Wells require electricity to pump water to your faucets. I always have back up water. Always! ♥

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  3. Oh yes, coffee, instant booster for me too :)

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    1. I drink too much, probably, but I love the smell, the taste and the feel of the hot mug in my hand. I am addicted.

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  4. Glad you got your coffee. Some folks are just lost without it. I have never acquired a taste for the stuff. My dad let me try some when I was about 12 and I thought is was the most G0d awful stuff. LOL I drink Coca Cola to get my caffeine fix. Waking up to no power is no fun!! Glad to hear it came back on.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com/

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    1. I don't like losing power, ever, but waking up to it just pisses me off! I want my coffee, my shower and my teeth cleaned, my hair done...you know? All those things require energy. Mine and Consumer's! It's hard to get moving on 'okay' coffee, but it was back before noon, so I survived. ♥
      Coke? Can't do it. Just can't do it.

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  5. i could never make it without electricity especially in the morning. no hot water for the shower, no hot water for my coffee, no noise of the alarm clock....just silence.....silence makes a lot of noise...Glad you made it and got to the computer to write about it.

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    1. No water at all, we have a well! No toilet flushing, no teeth brushing, nothing! I had just what was in the holding tank. A few gallons. The water heater is gas, but the thermostat for it is electric. So, it doesn't know to heat itself up! The pump that pumps the water out won't work without electricity. It's awful. The coffee part, honestly, is the worst!
      But...I didn't completely melt down and it's over for now.

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  6. I don't do caffeine (except for what's in chocolate, of course). It makes me a nutjob. Without it, I have loads of energy, with it, I have loads of awful.

    I love that your pioneer spirit got you through the coffee crisis. You and Amy have both had rough coffee-less moments this week!

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    1. I think that's a lucky thing for you. I am addicted to caffeine. I get major headaches if I don't have it. Serious, hard to function pain. I am energized by the sun with a kick start from my coffee. :)

      Yeah, who knew I had any pioneer spirit? When the going gets tough (and coffee-less) the tough find a way! I would never have made it three mornings without coffee...I'd have been at the store day one with both boys if need be. Coffee is number 1 on my priority list.

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    2. Being without power is rough, but I think I'll trade you and spend some time sitting in the dark. The kids were totally wild today between the barometric pressure in the air and the nearing spring break. I gots to get some sleep!

      Joyce
      http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/

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    3. There is a reason I didn't become a teacher of small children! Or children. Hang in there~ Spring Break is coming! ♥

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  7. If the world ever ends and we're forced to thrive on our survival instincts, will you adopt me?Oh, and wash my windows.

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    1. Yes and yes, if wine is involved. ♥

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  8. Nothing like our first energy boost in the morning...coffee! I only have one large mug in the morning, but how I look forward to the smell of it brewing, the taste of that first sip and the kick it gives me as I tackle my morning duties.

    Much luck today on your book writing!

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    1. No book re-writes for today. Today is Momma day. Saturday appears to be free to dedicate to The Princess and as of now, that is the plan!
      Love my morning, afternoon and evening coffee breaks. ♥

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  9. Jo, you are not alone. I savor that sweet nectar in the morning. There is something about a rich cup of joe that fires up our pistons.How's the book coming along, btw?

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    1. I thought the book was finished a couple of years ago...I am now learning that rewriting is very difficult. I am making slow progress. I hope tomorrow will be a day in the office, if nothing else has to be done, Sunday is a possibility, as well. I want to get it back up for sale, but it's slow going.

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  10. Getting a great cup of Joe is the least of my worries when the power goes out. I'm too lazy to make coffee and clean out the pot. Instead I go to my favorite spot WaWa or Dunkin Donut. Easy peasy! LOL It sucks to start your day off without power though. Glad you were able to have a productive day when the power returned. TGIF...

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    1. Going out for coffee was out of the question because my car was inside the garage and I couldn't open the power door. I'm not tall enough to reach over the car to get the rope you pull to by-pass the opener. so I was stuck at home.
      The coffee was okay, the windows look better and I eventually got some stuff done!

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  11. Sounds like a draining break in routine, but you powered through it! Not a coffee drinker, but living in a noisy city actually makes me cherish silence when I can get it. Good luck with your book :)

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    1. LOL...clever! Yep, it's all good if you live through it!
      The book is weighing me down. Back at it soon though.
      Thank you so much.

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  12. I'm pretty sure that without coffee or some type of caffeine, I would be dead. Scary, scary thought!

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    1. That is why I always have a back-up plan for coffee. Always. ♥

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