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Weird Week

September 6th, 2012 at 07:29 am

To set the stage, lightning storms are pretty rare where we live.

So, this morning I woke up or was awaken by a large flash of light (that I could see with my eyes closed). We have a lot of windows in our house and the door was open, but our bedroom has blinds and heavy black drapes. I had a second or two to wonder if I was going crazy (what the heck was that?) when the loudest thunder I have ever heard in my life, clapped right over my house. O.M.G.!!!! Our house is so insulated that I could not even imagine what it might have been like to be standing outside. & if I hadn't of noticed the lightning, I might have thought someone dropped a bomb in our neighborhood. I don't know if I would have known what that sound was!

So, okay, I am awake!!!!

I figured we could enjoy the show, but that was it. No thunder after that. ???


I am also not sure what to do with work today. Yesterday I went in and the phones and internet were down (we have fiber optic). I didn't think about it until later, but we are supposed to have a backup internet line, too.

Maybe it's because I am young, but in these instances my older co-workers are inclined to sit around and twiddle their thumbs (& be seen). & it doesn't help that when we had a weeklong power outage at some point that I went home to get lots of work done, and the boss's wife called me back to sit around in a heatless/dark office. Yeah... In the end a client had some computer problems so I had to go home to help them. I think I got my point across why I stayed home. Doh!

So, yesterday I had some urgent stuff to take care of, and came home.

I called a co-worker's cell phone at some point to get the dish. IT turns out that the electric company probably severed a bunch of lines. AT&T and the power company had like 10 trucks out there. What a mess!! AT&T told someone in my office that SMUD did something they were trying to fix. Probably explains why we also have no backup internet. IT affected *everything.* AT&T, Surewest (fiber optic), and whoever we have our backup line with (could be ATT).

So, I just called the office and the phone line is *still* down.


I think I will go to the office in the a.m. and dig around for files to bring home. I don't have a ton to do because of the holiday and end of the month - hoping some clients dropped off some stuff yesterday. Maybe will drop off things today? I'd probably rather just take the day off and go work Sunday. This is so annoying!!

Smart phone saves the day. I can at least have my e-mail forwarded to my phone, so I have some form of communication with my clients, while I am in the office. It *Really* helps.

{All of our programs are in the cloud- so it's impossible to do any work without internet}.

5 Responses to “Weird Week”

  1. Joan.of.the.Acrh Says:

    Wow, that's a big problem. Hope AT&T can fix it fast. I can't imagine how they can splice those optical lines to make a reconnection/repair.

    Did your kids awaken to the lightning? One time we had such a bolt of lightning during the night that it turned on an electronic game on my kid's bookshelf! It had this loud deep man's voice and it spooked me more than the lightning scared me.

  2. Monkey Mama Says:

    Wow on that lightning!!

    My kids sleep through anything, so I don't think it woke them up, BUT they also like to awaken at dawn (they are more early birds than I am), so they told me the storm had gone on for a while before that boom of a thunder clap. & BM heard it rain last night. I slept through it all.

    It's all sunny and pretty now! Back to our regularly scheduled weather.

  3. Swimgirl Says:

    It's impossible to do anything without phone and internet! What's the point in sitting there doing nothing? Ridiculous!

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    Well, we had everything back online for 2 hours, and then it was on-again/off-again, so I am back at home. But, at least got some work done today - can probably bill 8 hours, so I am less annoyed. & sounds like odds are it will be 100% fixed today.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Internet problems are so frustrating - especially when it's used for just about everything!

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