Friday, January 07, 2005

Yukon, Jack.

Man is it ever C-O-L-D here! And I hate it! I was welcomed back from an out of town trip by an nice big ice storm...and as a bonus, my house had no power! Awwww, jeez. So instead of letting my daughter hang out with us for the rest of the day, we took her to school. She was quite open to the idea after I explained there would be no cartoons or snacks at home. We picked her up as late as possible, ran some errands and then took her to see Polar Express. We got home late and had a quick "camp-out" by our gas fireplace in the living room. She got to make smores over a candle and sleep in her sleeping bag. My husband and I dragged our spare bedroom mattress into the living room and curled up in front of the fire. The wonderful, hard working folks at the power company had our juice back up & running by about midnight. Thanks, guys!

This would be the second time since we moved into our house we've had no power for more than a few hours. Last time, it was five days. We lived in my husband's aunt's basement....with a baby. It was great. Yeah. We're seriously thinking about investing in a generator one of these days. It would be sooner than later, but with the new baby coming, the expenses are already racking up. Yesterday my husband and I braved the cold to go buy a new fold out couch for our spare bedroom. We're turning it into a playroom to make way for the baby's room. Hmm, funny how you build your own house & then run out of room. No one to blame but myself on that one! We found a really nice fold out that has an air mattress attached to the top, so you don't get that pull-out feel. No bar in the middle of your back, etc. Considering my mother-in-law bought us our current spare bed, and wasn't too happy about the prospect of a pull-out, we thought we'd better splurge on a good one. So that cost a fortune. Also, we've decided to bank our baby's cord blood. Man, is THAT ever expensive! And here's the thing....the odds that you'll EVER need it are like, 1 in 500,000. That said, if you DID need it, there is absolutely no replacement in the entire world for it. It's a once in a lifetime chance to have that resource at your disposal. Plus, with all the active stem-cell research going on, it seems as though they are uncovering new uses for it daily! And last but not least, there exists the potential that it could be used to help our daughter or even my husband or I. So there you have it. Long story long, the generator will have to wait.

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