Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Operation Save the Gold

Last Thursday our power went out for a couple of hours. Amy and Owen were at the lake walking with a friend, and Gus & I vegged at home waiting for lights & A/C to come back on. As I sat on the couch the silence in the house and lack of digital clocks made me realize how dependent we are on power. You don't really realize it until it's taken away.

Anyhow, the power company was knocking door-to-door this morning telling people in our development that they are shutting off the power tomorrow from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Whatever the problem was last Thursday night, they need to turn the power off tomorrow for six hours to fix it. Which brings us to our Operation.

Amy has been a trooper for the past 80 days keeping her milk supply up by pumping, often in the wee hours of the morning. This dedication coupled with the fact that supply was initially greater than demand (at least while the boys were in the hospital the first two and a half weeks of their life) has led to quite a large accumulation of frozen breast milk in our freezer.

So our effort to save weeks of nutrition for Owen and Gus not to mention hours and hours of effort on Amy's part began this afternoon. We hauled out every cooler we could scrounge up across the house....

....and bought 96 lbs. of ice in preparation for tomorrow.

To add insult to injury, tomorrow is supposed to be the hottest day of the summer so far. So rather than deal with two eleven week-olds in an A/C-less house, Amy is taking the boys to some friends' house for most of the day. (That which doesn't kill us makes us stronger, right?)

We'll check in tomorrow and let you know if our Operation was a success. (And after we've eaten the last of the cookies-n-cream ice cream in the freezer tonight.) Cheers all!


gj said...

Wow!It never rains but it pours. Sounds you are a family with a plan. Let us know how it all goes. gj

PAPPY said...

Just do not open the door to the freezer and it should stay frozen for up to 10-12 hrs. If you open the door, it lessens the freezing capacity of the freezer. Re: ice storm of 1994.CER