I was at a friend's house last evening when the power went out. He didn't own a flashlight and it was already dark outside, so it was a bit of a challenge to find candles. After lighting a few votives found hiding in a junk drawer (thanks to iPhone's awesome flashlight app), we contemplated how to spend the following TV and internet-free hours...
A quick phone call to the power company informed us that 2,500 homes were affected in the Los Angeles area--and not to expect power until 6 am the next morning. Because I made the trek across town for a visit, we decided to go ahead and utilize the gas stove for heating up dinner. I have to say, pizza by candlelight was fun and brought back memories of riding out summer thunderstorms on the East coast. We ended up spending a great deal of time outdoors where the temperature was much more bearable. Socializing with the neighbors was probably the best thing about the power outage. A sense of community was established and I couldn't think of a more relaxing way to wind down the Labor Day weekend.
How about our Apartment Therapy readers--how do you handle a power outage? Are you prepped with an emergency kit? How do you spend your time when the power goes out?