During the blackout…


November 2, 2012 by Heidi

Free Firewood

Hi friends!  I was planning on having more spooky reviews this week, but of course, mother nature took over and those of us who didn’t plan blog posts well ahead were left in the dark.  On the bright side, losing power for three days allowed me plenty of reading time!  Here’s how I spent my days:

Click Clack the Rattlebag by Neil Gaiman audio book coverSeampunk Poe book coverMidwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick book coverTeam Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan book coverThe Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke book coverTender Morsels by Margo Lanagan book coverUn Lun Dun by China Mieville book cover
There were also cold showers, candles, lots of boiling water for dishes, and knitting!  Before losing power, we had a Supernatural marathon and watched the second half of season 7.  We just started the first episode of the new season on our DVR when we lost power.  Boo!  I had some very #firstworldproblems moments when I mentally panicked about not being able to record New Girl for the week (because on demand just isn’t the same), and was quite bitter about the Espresso Chip ice cream I just bought that melted before I got to eat it.

Because I went through so many books so quickly, I’m not sure if there will be full reviews for any/all of these, but I assure you–it was time well spent!

I hope that everyone affected by the storm (and your loved ones) is/are doing well.  There has been a lot of physical damage in my area, but we ourselves were very lucky not to have to deal with anything worse than the power outage.  The picture above was one of the things in our neighborhood that made me laugh while exploring the damage yesterday.  I was happy to see kids out Trick-or-Treating, and am hoping all will be back to normal soon!  I’ll certainly be working on getting things back to normal here in my own little corner of the internet.

Please let me know how you’re doing (of course, you can only do so if you have power/internet back), and how you spent the storm (or watched the rest of us flail from the safety of other places)!



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  1. So funny because no one trick-or-treated in my neighborhood. Including me. I was quite bitter about not taking back any Free Things with me after scouting the neighborhood, but WHATEVS. I’m mostly over it. And, alas, ICE CREAM. Nooo! Luckily, my sister chowed down on the last of it (5 ice pops) when she discovered Sandy was making her way over here. The little unrepentant pig. BUT YOU READ THE ASSASSIN’S CURSE. I’m so happy that you did and that everything’s okay by you, aside from not recording New Girl. Because that’s just wrong. That’s like missing Vampire Diaries… Oh, wait, I did. Dammit *runs off*

    • Heidi says:

      OMG I LOVED The Assassin’s Curse! It was so much fun, I can’t even handle it. Can’t wait for The Pirate’s Wish!!! I need more Ananna and Naji. Like stat.

      Of course, I bought the ice cream the DAY BEFORE the storm. Because it was on sale, and it’s never on sale, so I got excited and failed to think long term. *sigh*

      There weren’t many Trick-or-Treaters out here, but there were some. I just felt SO BAD for all of those kids who’d been so excited for Halloween and then couldn’t go out. Kind of added insult to injury, you know?

  2. Heidi, I’m so glad to hear you’re safe and doing well! I also LOVE that sign! 😉 We have so many fallen trees around my neighborhood as well and more than half the facilities have lost electricity, so I haven’t had school and the majority of the supermarkets have been giving away their refrigerated goods for free since they don’t have the means to store them without power, so my house is overflowing with free food since I do have power. But, like you, I’ve gotten a TON of reading done which has been great! :) Also, my Halloween was moved to Monday, so I’m looking forward to snagging free candy then with my younger brother as bait so it doesn’t look strange for a high schooler to be trick-or-treating! 😉

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Keertana! I’m glad to hear that you’re safe as well!! I think like 90% of Long Island lost power, and most still don’t have it back, so we were extremely fortunate to have it restored yesterday. I didn’t even THINK about the supermarket giveaway thing…of course, we lost everything out of our own fridge, so we had to go do some emergency shopping today. Glad that they moved Halloween for you guys–totally milk that little brother. Man, I really lost out being the youngest!

  3. I have been wondering about you (and Keertana) and how you both fared after Hurricane Sandy. Living in the south, I am used to pictures like the one you posted above (and power outages, thawing freezers, etc.) but I know it’s a bit of change for you guys up north! I’m glad you all made it through safe and sound and I hope life returns to normal soon!

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks for the thoughts, Heather! :)

      Yeah, we are not used to this kind of thing AT ALL. We didn’t even lose full power with Irene, only half and for less than 24 hours. I grew up without ANY natural disasters (you know, accept for the possibility of Yellowstone exploding or the occasional rock slide/avalanche while in the mountains), so it’s all quite new for me.

  4. I was thinking of you over the past week. I hope your bf’s family is doing alright too. We lost power as well, but for only about 24 hours. And our basement flooded a bit, but it’s nothing compared to what some along the shoreline went through. I’m seriously impressed with the number of books you got through without power – wow! I only managed to read ONE. I’m so sad about your ice cream though. The day before the hurricane hit, I made sure to eat up all the ice cream in our freezer. Because it was the RESPONSIBLE thing to do. 😐

    Glad you’re okay, Heidi!

    • Heidi says:

      Thank you, Catie! I hope you guys are able to clean up the basement okay. The bf’s family is okay–they still don’t have power or cell service, and his parents don’t have water, but thankfully we were able to convince them to go stay with his sister. His uncle’s house flooded, as did some coworkers. Another coworker’s house destroyed by falling tree, and the knit shop flooded–so while we are counting our blessings, we’re also doing everything we can to look out for our loved ones.

      I bow to your sense of responsibility. I WISH I had the forethought. I am glad at least one of us got to enjoy their ice cream!

  5. I’m happy you’re safe, Heidi! I was worried: I’m a professional worrier, it’s what I do. :) I’m curious about some of these books, hopefully you’ll review those, we tend to like/dislike the same things.
    Hahaha, I love that Catie remembered to eat all her ice cream on time, that makes me so proud. *wipes tears*

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Maja! I’m going to try to review them all, but we’ll see, I’m so behind on reviews lately! Really enjoyed Midwinterblood and The Assassin’s curse especially. I was surprisingly disappointed in Team Human…expectations too high after Unspoken?

      I’m proud of Catie too! Proud…but bitterly jealous.

  6. janicu says:

    THE ASSASSIN’S CURSE was good no? I enjoyed that one. :)

    Glad you got your power back! People around here without power are starting to get testy (or so says the news.. so I suppose that could be an exaggeration). There was a crazy long line of cars to get into the gas station near here. I think to get gas for generators.

    • Heidi says:

      It was so much fun, I really enjoyed The Assassin’s Curse!

      Yeah, we were seeing similar reactions. I get kind of annoyed by those mad about having no power when there are so many people out there suffering such bigger problems right now, and the problem is obviously so massive that it’s going to take some time. It sounded like your area was particularly bad because they’re on ConEd, and of course the city is going to take priority. I actually hadn’t realized until today that only half the buildings in our complex had power back–we were very lucky indeed.

  7. VeganYANerds says:

    I am so glad you’re ok, hun! It must have been a tough few days but it’s a good thing you had plenty of books to keep you busy! And poor ice cream :(

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Mandee! Yeah, it wasn’t fun, but we were lucky. We had friends/family who just got power back today (Saturday), and some that STILL don’t have any. Ack!

  8. Holly says:

    So glad to hear you’re okay, and that you were able to read so many books. :) Gotta love those #firstworldproblems.

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Holly! Yeah, I figured when #firstworldproblems were all I really had to complain about, life wasn’t so bad.

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