The kitties were freaked out a bit by the lack of electricity, stalking cautiously around the house in the dark with heads low and senses alert in that low-shouldered walk that is typical of the Cheetoh breed. The house, which was utterly silent without all the hums of the machinery around us (e.g. the fridge, fireplace, computers, overhead fan, etc). You don't realize just how much white noise is occurring around you until the power goes out, then it's like you can hear a pin drop or in my case, the neighbor in the unit next door's ankle biter yipping like a loony and the neighbor upstairs pacing anxiously in the dark as well as the toddler crying in the unit upstairs and across. Oh, and not to mention, the eerie sound of the wind howling through the trees outside (I'm 75% deaf in one ear so hearing all that is proof of how thin the walls are in the majority of apartments). Needless to say, the cats stayed huddled with us in the bedroom where they felt safe and now I've got the fireplace going and Delenn and Spitfire are sprawled roasting themselves because they are cold wusses and there's nothing as awesome as hugging a warm roasty kitty that had been baking and kneading biscuits on soft cushions. They are much more relaxed now that everything is humming and glowing in a functional same shit different day manner again and so are the fiancé and I.
If there had been an actual emergency, we would have gone like this: "AHHHHHH! HELP! HELP US! NO! GET US OUT OF HERE! HELP ME! HELP EVERYONE! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
Terror. Terror in the night. The whipping, howling, unforgiving winds CRASH into the clouds and rain falls no matter where you turn! There is no escape, NO escaping the true HORROR! …a sudden silence…and then SCREAMING THUNDER, LIGHTING, FLOODS, TORNADOES, FAMINE, PESTILENCE, FIRE, EARTHQUAKES-AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhh- giving way to hazy afternoon sunshine! I’ll be back with a 5-day forecast after THIS!!
(brownie points to those who know who/what/where I'm quoting from).
In other news, sorry for the silence in the past few weeks. I caught the plague and developed a wicked sinus infection and had a fever of 103 and a throat so sore it felt like I'd been gargling glass. However, my Doctor is awesome and prescribed horse pill sized antibiotics and I'm feeling right as rain and so is the muse, but for whatever reason she's obsessed with Transformers at the moment, so I'm scribbing ideas and doodles to get it out of my system.
also, I may have mentioned that and I became engaged on September 22nd. I never announced it publicly here on my front page, so, in his words he stated in a Facebook post:
- "I got this thing to put on her finger, it's supposed to mean something, I guess...
The setting is designed in Black Hills Gold, which reflects part of my heritage hailing from South Dakota. The stone is Ellensburg Blue, the third rarest type of gemstone in the world (according to Forbes). Since I went to college in Ellensburg, this stone has special significance because she is so rare and precious to me.
At the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, the equinox (Sep 22 at 7:29 PM Pacific Standard Time) signals a transition between seasons. To celebrate, I surprised with a trip to see the Falls for Fall, naturally.
I may have also happened to ask for her to marry me, but details details details bah!"
replies, "I'm still getting watery-eyed thinking about it because it was nothing like I'd imagined and that's the beautiful thing about the unpredictability of it. You expect it to come, but you never know when it will happen and when it finally does, you can't even think straight and you never say the things you really planned to say. That's what makes it so utterly perfect because it's the things that happen unexpectedly, like my brain behaving like a computer cycling up from an unexpected reboot and I'm so utterly confused and startled that I just start rambling nonsense. I suppose you'd call it shock? I dunno, I ramble like an idiot when I'm nervous or trying very hard not to fall apart because I have anxiety issues and my mind seems naturally inclined to panic over the simplest things... It was wonderful and I'm just so deliriously happy and that's great because I've been struggling with depression for months and was the medicine I really needed to give me the push I needed to start anew."
Fall is my favorite time of the year next to Winter, so it started off the best way I could have ever hoped for!
P.S. - I promise to post pictures of the ring soon!