12.08.2013

Dallas Gets Iced

Well, today marks three days of no power (update for December 9th, still no power 4 straight days!). I basically begged Michael to let me go to a coffee shop so I can get a sense of what's going on in the world. Dallas is covered in ice and over 250,000 houses were out of power, but it seems like mine is the only street still affected. I went to bed on Thursday night excited for the possibility of a snow day on Friday. When you live in Texas, even the slightest bit of ice can mean a day off work. We’re unprepared compared to the folks up north. But this was solid ice, and it turned the city upside down.
My street
When I woke up on Friday, just after 9 am, I discovered our power was out. Luckily for us, we are used to it being freezing in our house, we rarely turn the heat on. You may think we’re crazy (it’s mainly because we’re cheap) but Michael and I sleep right next to each other and it actually gets so warm I have to take off my fuzzy socks.

With no power that also meant I couldn't work from home. So we had a fire, roasted s’mores, and finished decorating the house for Christmas. S’mores are great and all, but that’s literally all we had to eat in the house and I was looking for something more substantial. We braved the streets and drove 0.4 miles to grocery store to get the essentials: wine, hot dogs, hot dog buns, chili, fritos and fire starters. We also were forced to eat the leftover ice cream in the house and poured Bailey's over it. I didn't complain about that one.

Hugo had an interesting time in the snow/ice. I've never seen him act so prissy. He picked up each paw gingerly as he walked through the frosted grass and shot me a glance as if he was utterly miserable. He spent most of his time sleeping and looking regal by the fire.

Saturday we found one of our trees had snapped and we had to get it off our roof before it completed busted it. Michael wanted to get on the roof and after I begged him not to, we called the professionals. It was insane. Three guys and a bunch of ropes moving a huge limb off a slick roof. Luckily, there was no damage.


In the dark, we lit candles and played board games. But I had enough of not being able to charge my phone so now, I'm here. Most of our neighbors went to hotels or friends houses. So basically, I think I could survive an ice Apocalypse. Granted, Michael would need to be there to start the fire.

I guess it's officially winter over here. How are you braving the cold? Have you ever been without power this long?

47 comments :

  1. It's blowing my mind that it's colder in Dallas this weekend than it is up here in Massachusetts! I'm so glad you decided to wine instead of whine about it ;)

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  2. Oh Helene that sucks! I was lucky that my power didn't go out. I don't know what I would do because I live alone so I would have no one to talk to! LOL. It seems you guys managed it pretty well though. I love smores! Hopefully the ice will be melting now and we can get back to our lives tomorrow. Though I'm not looking forward to going back to work :)

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  3. I find it CRAZY that Dallas has ice/snow and MI hasn't yet (at least not in my part of it). Although when I saw what constituted all that time off I had to laugh to myself... ;P You'd never survive up here! hahah :)

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  4. Seems like y'all made the best of the situation! We didn't lose power - luckily- but we just ran out of wine..... Hope Oncor can get it together!

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  5. Icepocolypse hasnt been too bad. Martin and I are only slightly sick of eachother. Luckily, my WI roots took hold and my all wheel drive and winter driving skills kick into play much quicker than I remember, so we've gotten out at least once a day. Helps that we don't need to go more than a mile to get to a restaurant and grocery store. Been thinking of you! Glad you've survived!!! :)

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    1. Do y'all have power?! We have NO IDEA when ours is coming back on!

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  6. The Icepocalypse hit Kentucky as well. Most of my city lost power but because I live in the college dorms, the university is supplying power to the residential side of campus via a generator.

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  7. We lost power for 4 days when I was in high school when a massive rain storm went through southern Maine. There's also the infamous ice storm of '98 (in Maine) that killed people and destroyed everything. The storm you got made its way up to Nashville and hit us Thursday night and last night. Everyone seems to be okay, though!

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  8. Oh man. I think I'd go crazy. Glad y'all are surviving over there! Stay warm!

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  9. Oh goodness- let me know if you need any essentials! Stay warm!

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  10. I hate to sound like I'm bragging here but it's been in the 70's here in Pensacola, FL as well as humid and foggy. I've been wearing capris and flip flops while hearing of all this crazy weather elsewhere. I'm glad your house didn't get damaged by that tree and I'm crossing my fingers that you get power soon!

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  11. We're getting all that ice now in Virginia. I'm crossing fingers I can work from home tomorrow. Hope the power comes back on soon!

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  12. Once in Houston when I was in high school, all the schools in the district got cancelled because it was "too cold" - it wasn't even because the roads were icy or that there was snow. Just "too cold"! Ha :) Hope you guys get power soon though, because that is no good. No good at all.

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  13. Is your power on yet?! We haven't lost it up here in the Frisco area, but we haven't been able to leave the house. It was great at first, but now I am going stir crazy!!

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  14. I really hope you get power soon girl, good luck!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  15. Texas weather is so fickle! Thankfully we didn't quite get the ice storm that you guys did, but it's still pretty cold down here in San Antonio. I hope your power comes back soon! Stay warm!

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  16. Oh my goodness - I bet that is the craziest thing for you warm blooded Texans! Stay warm & safe lady!

    xx
    Here&Now

    Enter my current giveaway!

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  17. Glad I'm not the only one who took pics and blogged about it. I was going Crazy all weekend with Cabin Fever. We braved the roads for Church. Took forever but we did it. Glad y'all are safe and somewhat warm. Many people have been without power around here but we were blessed and have had heat and power. We've also been eating on Gumbo to stay warm.

    Stay safe dear. Here's hoping it is somewhat cleared up tomorrow morning. I need more human interaction. Even if it is just work.

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  18. OMG I am so glad you talked Michael out of getting on the roof! Is that boy crazy?!?!

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  19. Bailey's over ice cream...brilliant.
    Hope y'alls power turns back on soon. I couldn't imagine!

    › xo fal • falfindshappiness.blogpsot.com

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  20. I have never been out of power for that long! Crazy! My parents are iced in as well, although I think they have power. School is cancelled tomorrow. Oklahoma doesn't handle to snow well either. P.S. Love your new button addition! Stay warm!

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  21. Beautiful pictures of nice cool weather on this stinking hot day, so hot I have a head caused by the heat.

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  22. I don't mind a short power outage, but several years ago we went without it for almost 5 straight days after a huge storm 4th of July weekend. Our old house used to lose power so much that we got it down to a science living out of coolers for days. Thankfully it's never happened to us during the winter for more than a few hours because I'm such a wimp when it comes to the cold! :( We're having our first real snow storm today which is crazy considering I'm in Illinois and places like where you're at have had worse than us already!

    Hope your power comes back on soon!!

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

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  23. I have never been without power that long, but there was one time when I was in Indiana, circa 1997 or 1998, when I was visiting my gramma with my aunt and cousin (all from Dallas). A blizzard hit. A literal, honest to God blizzard. So THAT was interesting... we were without power for an entire day, and were preparing to go to a local church to sleep because it had been off for so long, there's no way we could have slept in the house with it being a million degrees below freezing and all, much colder inside there than here.

    I survived the storm. I mean, how could I NOT stay warm with four fur kids laying on me?

    Stay safe, lady!!

    xoxo,
    gayle | grace for gayle
    I'm a #Previvor

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  24. ice here. yuck! AR is not equipped to handle it either and so EVERYTHING shuts down. we were both off friday and we are off tomorrow too.

    luckily we never lost power. happy you're surviving and hopefully it'll be on soon!

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  25. You're so brave, I am such a baby about not having power, mainly because I get cold. The heat is set at 75 degrees in our apartment and I still wake up shivering every night.
    The picture of Hugo is cracking me up, Boo is such a prissy little Diva in the snow too. Our dogs are so wimpy!

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  26. I honestly had no idea Dallas ever saw ice/ snow. Glad you guys are safe. I'd lose my mind without power for that long, no doubt you'll survive an ice-pocolypse!!!

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  27. Oh wow, that's crazy that you guys have so much ice and snow! I thought it never snowed in Texas ha ha. We could survive a few days without power if we had to, but it wouldn't be very fun ha ha. I kind of feel the need to stock up on candles all of a sudden. Hope you guys get your power back soon!!

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  28. Wow, seriously, the weather in Texas is far worse than ours here in Germany. Phew! Good luck missy, keep the vino flowing and you'll be just fine! :D

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  29. What a handsome pup!! Sounds like you made the best of your cold no electricity time, I love being cuddled up by the fire :) Glad to hear your roof wasn't damaged, that would be the last thing you needed!! x

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  30. Please tell me you've seen/heard this genius (it's for Houston, but 100% applies to Dallas as well) http://youtu.be/QhHr7LCVQRw

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  31. We are in Dallas area as well and I am so ready for all of this ice to melt...it's been a looooonnnnngggg weekend!

    Laura @ Mice In The Kitchen

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  32. ahh that sucks! not having power is so annoying but sounds like you braved it pretty well. my one dog freaks out whenever it first snows here and does that tiptoe prissy walk too haha.
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  33. Goodness. My dog HATES ice and snow. And wet grass. He would NOT like being in Dallas right now.

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  34. a few years back, the entire eastern seaboard had a major power failure and the cities were without power for up to a week. it was chaos and i swear, the closest we got to experiencing an apocolypse because people were frantic. you get to really see someone's true colors in the face of adversity.

    but we were ok; our freezer/fridge were stocked and remained cold...luckily it was summer so we had our bbq to cook the food or we went to our friend's house when they got the power back on.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  35. Being without power that long blows. I hate ice. Even up here we do not deal well with it...you sort of have to wait it out.

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  36. We were without power for 5-6 days once from an ice storm. My mom and I put on fur coats and got in her bed :) Then on day 2 we were like SCREW THIS and went to a hotel ;)

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  37. Some of my family lives in McKinney! They were sending me pictures. Insane!

    By the way - your dog is just precious.

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  38. I am at Starbucks for the first time this weekend. I had to check in with the world. I am hoping by the time I get home the power will be back on....but I doubt it. My friend at Oncor told me that the houses that still don't have power from Friday have issues with tree limbs that need to be cut in order to get to the problem areas. So Oncor is waiting for tree service people to be freed up to come clear the trees and then they can fix the wires. The fact that you could easily call a tree service and have them come to your house in the same day makes me feel that Oncor is full of shit. For four days no tree service could come to our street??? lame

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  39. It's so easy to forget that there are lots of people that never have to deal with this stuff… being from Minnesota - that's nothing :) I hope you guys get power back today. It can be fun & peaceful for the first day (maybe 2) and then I think I'd get bored and frustrated.

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  40. I've been really lucky when it comes to losing power. We lost it years ago around Christmas time, but we didn't lose it for more than say five hours. I can't imagine not having power for that long! I would go crazy!! We live on a main street in town and again, like I've mentioned a zillion times; I live in a retirement community so it's really, really a big deal having the power out for too long. The oldies can't handle it.. and luckily I'm living on the same street as a lot of em! ;)

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  41. So glad that tree branch didn't do any damage! We don't often lose power at my house but I always look forward to candlelit evening (as long as it's just an evening) Hope you get your power back soon!

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  42. I hate iced streets, even more than snowed ones. A few winters back we lived in a rental house and the road to the house was iced all winter. I hated driving every day that winter! Impressed that you guys went without power for so long. After a few hours, I'd go crazy :-)

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  43. So glad the branch didn't do damage. We get a lot of that up in the Northeast but it never gets easier. When I lost power the last time I was able to go to the library to charge my phone and get internet or used my car charger. Snuggling by a fire is the best way to pass the time.

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  44. This makes me feel better about the frozen pipe! I'd rather have one pipe frozen than lose all power! Good for you for having a positive attitude about it ;) I know it's warmer there, but I can't believe y'all don't turn on the heat! I mean, we could layer, but our dog is SUCH a wuss that he would freeze, haha.

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  45. Since this ice storm blew through, today is our FIRST not negative degree day at a whopping 7 degrees. Glad you at least braved the ice to get out, I always think of The Shining when I think of being locked in somewhere with slim chance of getting out. CREEPSMEOUT.

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  46. I'm a few hours south of you, in the Houston area, so we haven't had the ice/snow ya'll have had. We mostly have just been very cold and a little rainy. I am coming to Dallas this weekend, and I'm hopeing the ice is gone! Although it would be nice to see a little snow. :)

    xo
    brerogers.blogspot.com

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