October 19 12

Last night at approximately 8:52, the power went out in our neighborhood.

I—and the poorly-timed sharp shooting pain in my right temple—had just listened to Isabella’s rendition of her new favorite book, Barbie: I Can Be President while she stalled for extra staying-up minutes and was listening to Josh yell at the Batman: Arkham city game he was playing and was listening to some Justin Bieber song on lather, rinse, repeat because apparently, when I wasn’t looking, Bieber went from like totally uncool Mama to OMGILOVEJUSTINIWANTTOMARRYHIM! I was cursing my husband for daring to spend another evening on the ice hockey rink and then…the lights were off.

And then before I knew it I had three kids and two working ipads in my bed.

If you are doing the math at home, it’s not pretty. 

At just before nine, there were still smiles all around.

blackout in Thornhill

But then.

Josh: It’s just like that new show! What if the power never comes back on?? Oh my god! We are doooooomed! And you’ll never have a job again! What are we going to do? All of our food is going to be spoiled! How will we ever play XBOX again? What happens when the ipads have no more power???????

Emily: Want to hear me sing my Justin Bieber song? If you get the flashlight you can watch me dance to it too.

Josh: The power has been out for 14 minutes.

Josh: The power has been out for 23 minutes.

Josh: The power has been out for 54 minutes.

Josh: The power has been out for 1 hour and 11 minutes.

Josh: The power has been out for 1 hour and 28 minutes.

Josh: The power has been out for 1 hour and 36 minutes.


Me: I know, let’s tell each other stories until the lights come back on! Come on! It’ll be fun!

Josh told the story of Jason and Argonauts. He’s a little obsessed. 

Emily told the story about the bunny family—Sali, Semily, Sella, Sosh. And wouldn’t you know it? Sali decided to buy her favorite bunny Semily a brand new siPhone 5! Amazing! She’s a little obsessed. 

Isabella told a story about the princesses who once upon a time in a land far, far away the princess became president. She’s a little obsessed. 


Josh: The power has been out for 1 hour and 57 minutes. 


I told the story about the death by Thornhill blackout and how the Martells would be the first to get voted off of the Revolution island. 

The kids were not amused.

But I sure was.



  1. My life would be pretty much over.


    ali replied on

    You’d never had a job again, Angie!


    Comment by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on October 19, 2012
  2. A black out, at night, while home alone with three kids.


    Glad you all survived it.


    ali replied on

    go on…mock all you like…:)


    Meghan replied on

    Ha, I actually wasn’t mocking! It really DOES sound awful!


    Comment by Meghan on October 19, 2012
  3. I’m so calling you Sali.


    ali replied on

    she was calling me Sali this morning. It was hilarious.


    Comment by Kristabella on October 19, 2012
  4. Why is it always harder to go to sleep when the electricity is out?


    Comment by Gamanda on October 19, 2012
  5. I love that the kids all ended up in your bed. They could have sat alone with their ipads. And I love that each of their personalities shone in that situation. Wonderful, funny, memory making power outage :)


    Comment by Tweepwife on October 20, 2012

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