I though I would share a crazy night we had last week. It was a bit frustrating at the time, but now I'm laughing, and I thought you probably would too.
Here's how it went:
11:45 - I'm up late, checking the computer before I go to bed, when the power goes off. The house is pitch dark, so I walk around with my laptop trying to find a flashlight. I find one, and shut the windows because it's raining in. Bob is somehow sleeping through this!
I get in bed, but then think - "I should call and report the outage", so I'm back up with the flashlight, calling the electric company. Then - off to bed.
12:30 - Heather wakes up and realizes we have no power. She gets up and tells us, in case we need to set different alarms. Back to sleep.
1:30 - I wake up because it's so hot. The windows are closed, and there is no power for the air conditioner. It has now stopped raining, so I open the windows. Back to bed - Bob is still sleeping...
2:15 - I wake up thinking I'm hearing a phone ring in the distance. It stops. A few minutes later, I hear it again. I realize it's the phone in our family room downstairs. It's the only one in the house that isn't cordless and therefore is the only one working. It stops ringing, but I go downstairs, unhook it and bring it up, connecting it in the kitchen. Back to bed.
2:25 - the phone rings again. I run and grab it. It's an automated call from the electric company. "Is your power back on? Press 1 for yes, 2 for no". I press 2 and go back to bed.
2:40 - I hear power equipment running nearby. I ignore it
2:50 - Bob is now awake and looking out the window of the bedroom. I tell him - "it's just the electric company working on our line" He says - "no dear - our electric lines are in the back of the house". Hmmm - he's right! Well, I don't care who it is at this point. Back to sleep, I hope!
3:30 - We are both woken by lights coming on. Hooray - the power is back! However, we now have to go around and turn off the lights. Then - back to bed!
3:45 - the phone rings. Bob answers it with a bit of a growl. Guess who? Yes, it's the electric company. "Is your power on? Press 1 for yes, 2 for no". He presses 1 and we go back to sleep.
4:20 - Bob's alarm goes off and he slowly gets up.
5:00 - My alarm goes off. It was a short night!
*When I left for work, I found out why there was power equipment running in the night. The picture above shows a big branch that came down from the neighbors tree. Apparently it landed across the road, so it had to be sawed and moved so traffic could get through.