Well it's been a very strange week. I have a huge work deadline looming, and then to top it all off we had the biggest ice storm since 2007 here this week. Growing up in the dry moutains of Southern New Mexico we had snow and summer thunderstorms but I'd never even heard of an ice storm until moving to Oklahoma.
It's been pouring rain since Monday morning, and for Monday and Tuesday, temperatures hovered right below freezing. This is really bad timing because since all the trees still have leaves, the trees get covered with massive quantities of ice, and they all break. It's just awful to see so many beautiful trees ruined. More practically, the break onto power lines, so as of Tuesday morning there were ~230,000 people in the OKC metro without power. And because it's not just a central place where power is down, it can take many many days to get it restored everywhere. Most people around here have gas furnaces, but they all have electric blowers, so it means no heat either. Yet in the midst of it; I am definitely grateful for many many things.
The first is that I didn't lose power; my neighborhood has buried power lines so I was blessedly able to stay warm and keep working from home. I'm also grateful that my friends who have lost power have family to stay with or are healthy enough to hunker in place with blankets. I'm grateful that it's warming up so hopefully the cold won't be as dire for folks who remain without power.