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Yaaaaaargh

I think the Pony Parents are still without power from the storm that hit New England over the weekend. I was briefly able to talk to Dad Pony on the cell phone, so I know they're okay. And I'm mightily glad that I convinced them to get a gas stovetop when they remodeled their kitchen a couple of years ago; they can actually cook meals during power outages. But still, it's frustrating. And this is the second time in two months that they've been without power for days on end, the first time being Hurricane Irene.

The phone lines are down along with the electrical lines, which means that communication is difficult. And it's my grandmother's ninety-first birthday today, and she's in the same town, so I can't call her, either. Not that it would make a whole lot of difference, because she's deaf as a post, but still.

At least I got a draft of my SEM paper done. And that SEM paper is the first third of my next dissertation chapter, so it's doubly useful. Now I get to do the fun bit and put together the powerpoint so I can show pictures and play music and video to my spellbound audience. Which, I was told just before the storm, will include Mom Pony and Aunt Finduilas!

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dawtheminstrel
Nov. 2nd, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
My SIL was without power for three days in NJ, but theirs is back now. They apparently went to a lot of movies.

Congrats on the paper. Knock em dead.
frenchpony
Nov. 2nd, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
I just tried to call my grandparents, and no one answered. I think their power is probably not yet back on. Feh.

I'm going to look and see if powerpoint has any really frilly girly backgrounds. That would be fun to use, considering that the paper is about expressions of femininity. Ironically, everyone who is in a position to be officially responding to this chapter is male. "Hold on to your chest hair," I told them. "It's gonna get girly in here!"
meggins
Nov. 3rd, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
As one who was without power for an extended period after Hurricane Isobel--we got lucky with Irene and lost no more than a day, off and on at that--I sympathize with anyone who's without power. That's neat about the gas stove, though. I had never thought about that.

That's cool that you'll have "fans" in the audience for your paper. I love the idea of a girly Power Point presentation, too.

frenchpony
Nov. 3rd, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)
I have also had occasion to be glad about my gas stove when power went out! I think I may have mentioned that to Mom Pony, which may have been part of what convinced her to get the gas stove in the end

The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of having my mommy at my paper! Though I ended up not being as girly with the powerpoint as I had hoped. I looked at some of the girly backgrounds, and I just didn't really like any of them. But I did pick something attractive.
perelleth
Nov. 4th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
Wow, no power is literally no fun, and worse if the weather is bad.. hope they get it back soon! (crosses fingers)
frenchpony
Nov. 4th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
They did get power back, I think early Thursday morning. Phew! My grandmother's ninety-first birthday party can go ahead as scheduled.
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