1. Watch a movie until the battery on the computer dies.
  2. Light candles and do homework.
  3. Look at the stars and try to find or create our own constellations.
  4. Go for a drive.
  5. Make popcorn with a candle for lighting and eat it while sitting outside in the dark with the neighbors telling folktales and watching the kids play ghosts in the graveyard.
  6. Bake cookies. Unless your stove only works when plugged in.
  7. Cry.
  8. Play board games.
  9. Go outside, go for a walk, exercise but hopefully the power will come on by the time you finish or you won’t be able to take a shower.
  10. Go swimming. Eat something but shut that fridge door quickly.
  11. Sing and play guitar and laugh at the out of tuneness of the guitar and our voices.
  12. Perform a play and don’t worry about the acting, no one can see you anyway.
  13. Tickle the kids.
  14. Tell them a story, or rather, have Tom tell them a story.
  15. Sweat. Sweat. Sweat.
  16. Pray for a house with a generator, an automatic generator.
  17. Tell your husband you won’t live for another month in Djibouti without an automatic generator.
  18. Praise God for answered prayer (the power is back and your next house will have that generator).


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