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Last week we had an outage.  Yep, I had defrosted the chicken for the BBQ, but that wasn’t going to help us get dinner on the table.

There were some 5 million others of us in the same boat.  Probably including our own darling Yana.

We were enjoying a documentary when it happened at 3:15 in the afternoon.  It was hubby’s day off, so we hadn’t really planned much, except for the BBQ.

A friend said that her area of Saddleback Valley had “rolling” power outages that were planned for about 10 days.  We had no such warning.

After we manually opened our garage door, my husband turned on the radio and I used my cell phone to call my sister who lives down the street.

None of us had a TV, a computer, a phone (all were wireless)and other modern conveniences-like lights in our bathrooms with no windows!  We’ve got 2 of three of those.

Anyway-the a/c was also off.  Our top floor became a sauna and the downstairs wasn’t comfortable either.  The news said that the electric company had an idea what was going on but had no idea how long we’d all be without power.

We decided to go out to eat-coupon in hand, we left the hotbox to the animals. We enjoyed the a/c of a rather awful fast food Mexican restaurant.  Then we moseyed around Home Goods, followed by sitting out in our yard reading until it got too dark.

After that, we used a cell phone and checked to see if a nearby Barnes and Noble had power and went to enjoy their “light by the silvery moon” until 10.

My idea for cooking this week?  If you have a power outage, make sure your BBQ has enough gas, you have flashlights to see with and your side dishes are ones that you either don’t have to cook or even prep!  Let’s face it, using a French knife in the dark can be just plan hazardous to your health.

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