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Enjoying Our Black Christmas


I've given up dreaming of a white Christmas in Seattle. At this point, I'm just crossing my fingers that it won't still be black.

Last Thursday a massive windstorm knocked over thousands of trees, causing major damage to homes and leaving over a million people in the Puget Sound region without power and me without my white load laundered.

Don't cry for me. A friend with power let us come over and wash some undies so I'm not stinkin' as I type this from Dan's office at MegaCorp. Magoo, on the other hand, is all about the stink. Strangely, large software companies do not have a plethora of changing tables in their restrooms. In fact, I don't know of a single one here, so we get a bit creative with the infant hygiene.

Not only do they not have changing tables, but they don't have giant rubber rooms either. Therefore and hence, my children are bouncing around a Pac n' Play, generating static electricity, whining and yelling "Oweeeeeeee!!"

Good times and Dan's coworkers rejoice.


At home we have a gas range, a gas water heater and a small kerosene heater, so we're keeping warm in one room at a time, with blankets draped to block out the bone-chilling cold from the rest of the house. Honestly, our biggest challenge is boredom.

With the generator we were able to procure yesterday, we've been most excited to run the TV and a small electric heater. If I had a robo-nannie, I'd probably be running that too.

Here are a few things I'd suggest you do before your power goes out for several days:

1. Run the garberator.
2. Charge the portable DVD player.
3. Wash your underwear.
4. Throw away the leftover rice and gravy.
5. Don't buy 50 lbs of frozen berries so that you can have fresh smoothies all winter long.
6. Do buy the tiny moon boots.


7. Stock up on kerosene and tranquilizers.
8. Keep the tank of your car full of gas. The stations may have plenty of fuel but no power to pump it. The stations that do have power will run out of gas.
9. Buy a large gas can.
10. You can never have too many D batteries, LED flashlights, oil lamps, chocolate or lighters on hand.

My only other suggestion is that you may not want to move to Seattle until after the next volcanic eruption and major earthquake. In the past two months we've been flooded in, frozen in, infested with rats in our attic, hit by a car and now without power for a week. Next we're gonna paint lamb's blood over the door and try to frog-proof our house.


Luckily we had a disaster-drill shortly before all of this started, so we were somewhat prepared. We were also really blessed to not have any trees fall through our roof. Many of our neighbors are dealing with much worse than a broken mailbox and a couple of cold whiny kids.


So many people in the world would consider the way we're living now to be luxurious. It's amazing that our first inclination is to feel deprived.