Monday, February 17, 2003

Last night, when I had finished Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. I turned on my Smashing Pumpkins and curled up in bed. It was about 2200 when my music suddenly left me. Upset, I looked up and the clock was off. I heard Dad yell "Mary, where's your flashlight?" Ugh... I made my way carefully downstairs. Cats and claws and darkness are surely bad for one's health. I lent Dad the flashlight and he found matches and various candles. I took a book of matches and two liquid parafin candles and my flashlight. I found my discman and was once again able to sleep to the soft sounds of The Smashing Pumpkins.

The power did not come back on and I slept until 0730. I crept downstairs and asked Dad if I was expected to go to work. He said the roads were probably awful. I had already looked out the window and deemed the roads driveable, but I decided to keep that to myself. I returned to bed and read a bit more of Hostile Waters as I had not more fantasy fiction left to read, and my sister had claimed my Stephen King novel The Stand. I eventually decided that sleep was the best thing for me and curled up in my rather comfortable bed. One hour later, Dad decides to get up and he looks out the windows. (Nooo!) As the phone service is also down, or so we believed, he went outside to try his cell phone. It worked. He told me to go to work. I decided to tell him that, silly us, we have nothing but cordless phones. I grabbed a very old phone with a cord from my bedroom and gave it to him. The phone's were not, in fact, down.

Sigh. So, I went to work. I arrived at 0915. Two hours and forty-five minutes late. It's not like anyone cared. At least I made it in. Many people didn't show. I worked until 1330 and then left. I went to Barnes & Noble and picked up a boxed set of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. I was going to spend my boring day reading it, but the power is up! :-)

Sigh, well that was my day. So far....

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