By now I’m sure it is no surprise to anyone with a TV, computer, or radio, that the country has been suffering from a horrible heat wave and many people have gone without electrical power My apartment was lucky. I only lost electricity for 36 hours, however, it was enough to wreak havoc on on the contests of my refrigerator.
Since returning to my home after a weekend at my sister’s, I have managed to skillfully avoid contact with my refrigerator for the most part. I did pick up a couple of staples to get me through the week, but they are now gone. Today I faced the harsh reality of cleaning out my refrigerator.
I was out of meat with the exception of one package of sausage links before the outage. But I did have eggs, vegetables, soy milk, and condiments to contend with. Most of the veggies were rotten. The recalled Dole salad mix I had no intention of eating anyway. I had already called Peapod to get a refund on them since they had been recalled due to listeria. (ewww) I pitched the sausage links. I know they are mostly preservatives, but still, why take a chance. Clearly the eggs hit the trash as well as the mayo. I kept some of the condiments, raspberry jam, one thing of mustard. I keep the rice vinegar chilled, but I’m sure it is just fine.
So, now I am down to a handful of condiments, some spinach, and rice. Time to shop, obviously.
Fortunately, I was almost to the point of going grocery shopping anyway. The damage boiled down to one bag of trash and half a bag of recyclable containers. But I hate throwing food away. it is such a waste. I was going to hit the grocery store today, but they are calling for another round of violent thunderstorms again tonight. I do not want to throw another refrigerator full of groceries away if the power goes out again. I just cannot afford it.
I find it very difficult to follow a healthy stable diet if I cannot even keep healthy food in the house. Do I punt today and go to the market downstairs and buy some frozen dinners to get me through until tomorrow or worse yet, order take out? Or do I go to the grocery store and cross my fingers? I do have a couple of bags of ice in the freezer that survived the last black out. I could move them to the cooler and put as much of the food in there as I can. That could work, but if the blackout lasts a couple of days as it has for many people here, I’m screwed.
It is kind of infuriating that in the 21st century, we cannot seem to find a way to have our power system survive a thunderstorm. There has to be a better way.
Today’s post will end with an adorable picture of my sister’s cat Oscar. She kept me great company last weekend.