While power outages are not an every day occurence here, they do seem to be happening with greater frequency (and it's not just my imgaination, apparently). In fact, any sort of inclement weather can create anxiety ... or if you're my children, anticipation ... about power outages.
We had some pretty significant thunderstorms speed through my area recently, and those fears (or delights) were realized. The electricity blipped off. What's funny is that it took us a good five minutes to realize that we did not have any electricity, and, then, it was like, "Huh. The power is out."
Then, we had an awesome moment when we realized that not having grid power was just not a big deal, and one reason is that even without our whole house electrified with grid power, we have the comfort of knowing that we can produce a little of our own - if we have to.
The coolest moment of the evening was when Precious hopped on the bike generator, after she was given a first-hand lesson in how well it worked to meet her desires (i.e. that she could still watch a movie on the computer using the bike generator as a power source ;).
Here at Chez Brown, not having grid power has never been a hardship. It's always been an adventure, and as bizarre as it sounds, it's something my kids often look forward to happening.
The power didn't stay off very long, and we were all a bit disappointed when we returned home from an errand, and it was back on, but hey, the weather forecast is calling for more unsettled weather passing through in the next little while ... there's always tomorrow.