Monday, March 29, 2010

In the dark

I engaged in a little experiment this past weekend. As I'm hoping most of you know, Saturday evening was Earth Hour, and since last year it was so easy, I wanted to push myself to do something a little harder. Electricity is something we tend to take for granted because it's just always there. I wondered what my life would be like with rolling blackouts or EMP (a good book, btw, even if Gingrich did recommend it). Declaring it Earth "Weekend", I decided to find out (sort of). I flipped all the breakers to off when I got home Friday night and left them that way the entire weekend.

















Was I successful? Yes...at least in the sense that I didn't cheat. Once those breakers were flipped, I didn't turn them back on. Actually, I forgot to turn them back on as I left this morning, so technically I'm still participating ;-)

Candlelight provided light to read and write by. Natural sunlight during the day afforded me the ability to wash my dishes by hand, rip apart a couple of chairs I want to redo, and read without fear of straining my eyes.















However, if I'm honest with myself (and with you), I will readily admit that I, in no way, know what it's like to live without electricity. While I reveled in the stillness of an apartment without TV or music and embraced a "come what may" attitude about my hair sans flat iron, I could still escape to a world that was very much wired and alive. I stole away to the apartment business center for wifi and an outlet to charge my phone. I went to the movies and to Steven's concert and out to dinner (try cooking without electricity). I was never truly inconvenienced in the way I would be if our resources ever ran out.
























*all images from WeHeartIt.

8 comments:

  1. So cool. I don't think I could go a whole weekend!

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  2. are you gonna go full on amish next time?

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  3. pretty cool stuff! i like your blog! i don't know if you've ever heard of the movie "No Impact Man" but you should check it out. This guy, his wife and their kid all lived without any electricity for an entire year. And they did not create (hardly) any trash waste. It was pretty interesting. : )

    P.S. found you via Janels craft swap.

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  4. Your blog is so cute! I'm stopping by from the Craft swap!! I'm a new follower! Have a great week!
    xoxo,
    Lindsay
    http://www.bearypixie.blogspot.com/

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  5. I found you through the craft swap! I love this idea, living without electricity would be a hard adjustment for sure! I'm excited to get to know you better as I make my crafts for the swap!

    xoxo,
    Cat

    www.nowoodenspoons.blogspot.com

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  6. How cool! I am stopping by from the craft swap and wanted to say hi!!

    I am a new follower!

    Carrie

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  7. I found you through the craft swap. Even though you weren't totally inconvenienced its still cool you did this!

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  8. Thanks for all of the sweet comments :-)

    And, Scarlet, I could never go Amish because I love color too much. Speaking of, we need to road trip to Bird in the Hand, PA.

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