San Diego county and beyond – all the way out to the Arizona border and down into Mexico was in the dark yesterday afternoon and into the night. To be quite honest, I’m not sure if everyone is back on the grid or not. Guess I’m still in my little cocoon created by the sudden silence.
It’s truly amazing how many things are tied into electricity. As soon as word got out that it was a major power outage and not likely to be resolved for hours, everything shut down. It took me 45 minutes to travel a few miles without street lights. More empathy for Vermont and Connecticut!
Our biggest concern was our girl child. She’d driven to practice with just enough gas to get her over the hill twenty minutes away (without traffic). She planned to get gas on the way home. Well, all the pumps were closed. Fortunately one of the parents of a team mate is more proactive than we are and happened to have an emergency gas container in his truck which he was kind enough to give her. Feeling thankful that some people think that way!
As we walked Luna after dinner (cooked on the grill) our neighborhood was vibrant and lively. The pool was packed and people were picnicking all over their lawns. Kids were running and laughing and playing in the dusky light. No TV is a pretty special thing.
At home we finished off the ice cream in the freezer and then read by candlelight. A lovely evening. Especially once the kids heard the official word that school was cancelled. California schools tend to be windowless…
While in the dark, I finished reading The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard. This book received a lot of buzz but I resisted reading it for some reason.
This YA novel is about a boy named Colt who’s dealing with the death of Julia, a girl he had a secret lust/love affair with for over a year. No one knew about their relationship and so he has to grieve alone, until Julia’s brother gives him a collection of her letters to and about him. I really enjoyed this contemporary and realistic look at a sexy forbidden relationship. And from a guy’s point of view. Recommended!
Thanks for all the comments on our blog this week – I’m sure SBB Sue will announce our winner later today!
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK