Those habits paid off this weekend, though. Hurricane Irene came at us weakly with a drizzle, but hit strongly with a wind that knocked out the electricity. Our power was restored last night. I must confess I was rather cranky. Maybe it was withdrawals. No computer. No Internet. The appropriate song for this scene would be R.E.M.'s "It's the end of the World."
Once I got over myself, I learned a few things:
- I have enough books in my personal library to weather several hurricanes.
- It gets really quiet once night falls - even with a house filled with kids.
- Reading by candlelight and flashlight is so doable.
- I have a new stock of words and phrases to describe a darkness that just won't go away.
- I can do research without the Internet.
- I read longer and took three times as many notes when using a real book and handwriting my notes.
- I pondered my sentences longer when writing by hand (this can be a mixed blessing).
- My kids, who already read alot, with nothing else to do will keep on reading.
- As long as I have a Blackberry, car charger and enough gas in the van, I can stay connected with my e-mail and Twitter accounts.