A Year Ago Today: Snowpocalypse

It was a year ago today that we here in the Northeast had a huge storm and thousands in our area lost power (for a ridiculous number of days). The big bummer was that there was really no Halloween—our favorite holiday around here—because of it.

While the being-out-of-power thing got old pretty quickly, for the first few hours (because it was still warm in the house), it was fun. Here’s some photos from that night in the hopes this won’t happen again anytime soon—but we might, this winter, be in luck with that; I’ve been seeing tree trimmers working non-stop for the past couple of months.


Finding wood in the dark.

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Lighting the living room.

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Grilling garlic to add to our meal.

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Meat and cheese—we made one of our favorite winter comfort foods, Tacos.

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Me, wearing a headlamp.

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Nathan fires up the emergency weather radio.

Video: The report on the weather radio gave the darkened house a creepy air; I could only think, ‘zombie apocalypse.’

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Candles on the dinner table.

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Cooking in the dark.

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…with a flash…I know, that headlamp looks really dumb but it sure made it easier to cook.

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Charles lights candles.

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My oil lamp, made from the ash of Mt. St. Helens, provides an atmospheric glow.

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The lamp was a gift from my babysitter at the time (and my friend now), Dawn Nagle.

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A little dinner music…

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This is my mini DVD player, which, when charged, has two hours of battery life. We used it to play music during dinner so things would feel more normal.

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Another great dinner soundtrack.

Video: We have music!

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Video: No Reason to Complain

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Dining in the dark.

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Just about the only Halloween we got last year.

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Kali, our littlest cat, curls up in the candlelight.

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Lighting the kitchen with tapers.

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Trying to keep as much heat in the house as we could.

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A fire to keep us warm. Nathan was tending it for those few days we had no power, so he didn’t get much sleep.

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Camping in the living room.

About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies; her traditionally published books include a short story collection, THE SHADOWS BEHIND. She was the recipient of three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She serves as co-host of the DARK DISCUSSIONS podcast, as founding editor of the dark literary journal 34 ORCHARD, and is a member of both the New England Horror Writers and the Horror Writers Association. Follow her adventures at kristipetersenschoonover.com.

Posted on October 29, 2012, in Deep Thoughts & Fun Stuff and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. You’d think Connecticut would have it’s technology a bit more together than to be out of power for so long…..How’s 2012 treating you this year? We have been having construction here on Waverley Ave for weeks, and it’s Mud City here now that Sandy has hit. The sidewalk is several feet higher up than the road. Kinda hard to explain, but it’s not supposed to look like this. I think the town is going to have some serious cleanup to do.


    • Hi Julie: have no power so responding via phone. Nope. That is CT. High taxes roads full of potholes and a general lack of electricity for wks after a storm. Do not ever live here it is a hole. Ill respond more fully later stay safe

      • Kristi, the reason the lights never go out in Watertown is that Santa needs them to find his way to Connecticut every year. Hopefully, he won’t drop his glasses along the way, though by now, like me, he needs a new eyeglasses prescription, and “insurance” won’t let him get a new pair. But then again, these states are so “little” (according to our West Coast pals) that when Santa bumbles along, he’s likely to mistake one “little” state for the other, and end up in the wrong one. Big diff though. So you make a wrong delivery. My mail guys do it all the time. Someone else’s lump of coal seems to taste just as sweet.


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