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13 October 2009 @ 09:46 pm
So... today was a doozie.  
Today, it rained. It did not pour; it deluged.

It was coming down in buckets when I woke up this morning, which made it dark and even less-get-up-encouraging than usual, of course. XD So I put on my sexy raincoat (which looks a bit like a trench-coat, which is, uh, why I convinced my mom to get it for me right before I turned eighteen and started having to pay for all my own clothing XD) and got my sexy umbrella (which is... some unbearably cheap one my mother gave me in high school) and put on my least-too-long pair of pants (in the hopes that they wouldn't drag in puddles and soak up water) and my tallest shoes (in the hopes that they would help).

As soon as I stepped outside, the rain was like "LOLOLOLOLOLOL nope." XD

Accordingly, I was pretty damned wet by the time I got to my first class, especially since there was an utterly unavoidable three-inch-deep puddle on my route, which left me with very wet shoes.


Anyway... sat around with damp feet, in damp denim for an hour and a half, then got stood up at Office Hours by a different professor (whom I'd made a specific appointment with before, orz XD), then flailed my way back to our apartment and stripped off all the wet stuff and hung it up to dry. Picked out the next-least-too-long pair of pants and the next-tallest shoes, then hung around talking to eltea and ca_te (♥) and halfheartedly researching the Vietnam War on Wikipedia for my creative writing story, serenaded by the people "cleaning and painting" our building in the rain, until I had to leave for my other class at three.

It was still deluging.

As soon as I stepped outside, the rain was still like "LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL the hell with you. :D"

Oh, but the OTL was just beginning. XD

The path up to my three-thirty class is pretty much entirely uphill. Additionally, I had not anticipated that the entire area in front of the library would be about two inches deep in water.

Wet feet. Soaked feet, in fact. Sopping, squishy, squelching feet, shoes wet straight through. XD

Then I sat through my extremely boring Greek Religion lecture. For an hour and a half. With soaking wet feet.


Downright delighted to be free at last, even more delighted that it had stopped raining and settled on "fitfully windy and cold" instead, I fled the premises at five, entertaining fond dreams of a massive mug full of hot cocoa the moment I got home.

My fond dreams were cut short when I saw yellow police tape cutting my street off between two cross-streets. I went up to a policeman standing there, explained to him that I lived inside the limits of the tape, and was told to take a detour.

So I took the damn detour and came around towards my apartment from the other side, which was also taped off. I explained to the guy at that end that I lived in there, and he said to me a few glorious words:

"Oh, you can go through, then; people who live in the building are allowed to go through. But there's no power. They blew a transformer."

Fuck. My life. XD

It was getting to be about five-thirty by this time, so I conducted myself up the stairs by cell-phone light (still in wet shoes, which made me even clumsier than usual). I somehow managed to survive the trip up to our apartment, where I stripped off my wet clothes (again) and hung them up (again):

I then discovered that THING on my one pair of pants.



I later decided it almost has to be paint that ended up on the sidewalk from the work on the building yesterday (while it was *not* raining), which the rain churned up, which my wet-shoe'd heels decided to kick up.

The sad thing is that it would look really cool if it had done that on both sides, but it's just the one pants leg. XD

Anyway... then I called eltea, and we commiserated for half an hour about being wet and stressed and unhappy, and then I sat around trying to get a little bit of homework done for a while before the light went, and then I went out on an epic quest to buy a flashlight (at eltea's suggestion) so that I wouldn't have to take another shower in the dark, and to get some damned FOOD, since our refrigerator obvs wasn't operating.

So, armed once again with my sexy rain accessories, I forged out into the no-longer-raining night, with The Handmaid's Tale and the not-nearly-far-enough beginnings of the story due Thursday, in the hopes of walking up to the main street by school (a mile away) for good, hot food and the big Walgreens.

When I arrived, I discovered that the school was utterly unharmed, but the whole block of the main street had lost power, too.

So much for THAT plan.

Hastily, because at this point, it was 6:40, and I didn't know when the slightly smaller drugstores nearer my place closed, I headed the mile back to try the Longs Drugs (now CVS Pharmacy, not that I'll ever be able to call it that). They had... one kind of flashlight that wasn't sold out: huge, badass Mag Lites for thirty-five bucks.

Um. Guys. I'm not spending thirty-five dollars on a flashlight I'll only ever use when the power's out. Which hopefully it NEVER WILL BE AGAIN FOR CHRIST'S SAKE.

Thence I raced to Walgreens, in the hopes that they'd have something cheaper, smaller, and more suited to my purposes. It was 6:54 as I was standing at the stoplight, waiting to cross to the store. Inexplicably, one of their sliding doors had EPIC FAILED and was stuck, but the store was still open. XD They, however, were sold out of almost all of their flashlights, excepting supar-cheap ones that needed two D batteries and little keychain ones that came with a battery, so I grumbled to myself about people cleverer than I and bought a keychain one.

Then I went hopefully over to the long line of varied restaurants on a nearby street... only to find that that block also had no power. I went back to a Mediterranean place, but their door was locked, and the lady inside was like SRY NO 8D. Cursing like a sailor Sighing inwardly, I went back across the street and considered my options, which were few and far between, and settled on a too-expensive-for-the-quality pizza place eltea and I have patronized a couple of times.

It is very hard to focus on The Handmaid's Tale when one TV is showing "Friends," and the other is playing "Marley & Me," and you're trying to eat. For your future reference.

The one good thing to come out of all of this, however, was me discovering that there's a YogurtLand (the really pimpin' self-serve froyo place that lets you add your own toppings, have as many flavors as you like, etc.) really close to where I live, just a few doors down from the pizza place. I'd actually been considering having froyo for dinner, fuck all else, but I managed to refrain and just had some for dessert. :D

And read more of the book. Which is also hard to do when you're eating froyo, and the radio is playing Lady Gaga and Kelly Clarkson. XD

THEN I went back to the apartment again, put the battery in my flashlight, and settled down to finish the section I have to have read for tomorrow.

A few pages from the end of said section, the refrigerator started humming.

"YAY, POWER! :DDDD" was the cry from all and sundry! I finished under the auspices of *real lightbulb light*, and then I decided to go take a shower so that I'd maximize my time to talk online with eltea once she got back.

Well, apparently, losing power somehow fucked with the water heater, at least if the tepid-tending-towards-cold shower that I took is anything to judge by. XD''

...wow. Just wow. XD

ANYDAMNWAY, now I had really better go work on that story, or I will just DIE tomorrow. Just die. XD

....y'know, if you actually read all that, go get yourself a cookie. You are awesome. XD

Feeling: exhaustedexhausted
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Vitamin C: Arthurtierfal on October 14th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
I think anything with pictures makes a good LJ entry. I'm so shallow. :D

...but I like picture books.

Froyo makes my life way, way, way better. Trufax.
richelle2972richelle2972 on October 14th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry! That really sucks! :( I'm glad the power's back though!
Vitamin C: L and Wataritierfal on October 14th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
It wasn't too bad; I was in a good mood, haha. XD

And yeah, I would eventually have flipped a bitch -- being able to reconnect was a sanity-saver. XDD
passthebutter: fotc jemaine feelin each otherpassthebutter on October 14th, 2009 08:04 am (UTC)
Gah, that sounds like a sucky day! Just think about your bed and the hot shower the next day, that's what I do. :P

And buy a torch!!! I think a torch is one of those things you know you should have but never end up buying until you need one, y'know? ._.
Vitamin C: Mello - Reasonabletierfal on October 14th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
That is how we roll, man. XD'

...torch = flashlight, yes? 'Cause I did, finally, after not having one the last time the power went out. XD'
crazyboutremmycrazyboutremmy on October 14th, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)

What the shit? On the bright side, this hopefully means that your bad luck has been used up for the rest of the year. :\
Vitamin C: Matt - Wantedtierfal on October 14th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
IKR. Oh well. XD

That's the hope. Though neither my midterm tomorrow nor the creative writing story due at 9:30 (look how hard I'm working!) have disappeared, so so far the results are mixed. XDDD
One sugar cube, two sugar cubes, three sugar cubes: Matt/Mello-protectionca_te on October 14th, 2009 09:32 am (UTC)
Omg what a day poor darling *cuddles* Ugh cold and rain sure are not good and the power off neither . At least I hope I could make you smile a bit talking to you ^^ It was so nice to talk with you really <3

eh let's hope today will be a better one ^___^

*cuddles again*
Vitamin C: Misatierfal on October 14th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
*snuggles* Talking to you is always cause for happiness, :D! ♥

*cuddles moar* :3333
I MUST: Oh Crap!sabriel75 on October 14th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
Rain! Why do you torment us so?

Uhm... I'm freezing. The cold has settled in my bones. That's what rain does.

We lose power here all the time. I've never lived in a place that loses power like this area. No seriously. It's our worse nightmare because when it goes out, it's for hours, or days, or weeks. I do not lie. So your entry gives me the willies and I'm knocking on wood, throwing salt behind my back and crossing my fingers.

You have my sympathies! *and have a cup of ghiradelli hot chocolate and scone*

Thank heavens for happy yogurt place... :D

May you be warmer, drier and more awesome-ly fed today.

Vitamin C: Matsudatierfal on October 15th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
IT DOES. Wet-cold is so much deeper than dry-cold. ;___;

Eeew, how lame! D: We lost it inexplicably earlier this year, which pissed me off, and this whole rental company is a total joke as far as things falling apart and them treating us like shit, but it'd kill me if the power went out a lot. :/ Freshman year, it was out for two days at my house, and I almost lost my mind. O_o

*noms* :3

I was strongly considering going back after class today, and may still do after dinner, haha. XD

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Vitamin C: L and Misatierfal on October 15th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
I was in a good mood, lol (especially because you were there to talk to! :3). XD If I hadn't been, you would've gotten every gory detail; I assure you! XD (and PFFFFF not at all plz)

Hahaha, yeahhhhh, I found it extremely distracting. XD'' I mean, they set themselves up as something of a place to eat pizza and watch sports, so I've seen them have two different sporting events on, but this was weird. XD
marissa: *hugs*abitofadork7 on October 14th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
MAJOR FAIL. Wet shoes. And wet clothes. And being stood up by professors, and boring classes, and the list goes on...


So...I'm sorry you had to go through that, because it was a lot, and you need hugs now. XD

Hopefully, Remmy is right, and all your bad luck is just gone for a while.
Vitamin C: Ten :)tierfal on October 15th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
BLAHHHH, there were many Lame Factors at work, haha. XD

*happily takes your hugs!*

lol, that is the hope! XD
marissaabitofadork7 on October 15th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
Bunny, I am sorry to say that I must agree. D:

*moar hugs!*

Well, you see, it's because we all have faith in you. BECAUSE YOU ARE AWESOME. XD