Planned Power Outage, Week #1

I will not be posting again this week. My husband and I will continue our Planned Power Outage tradition this year and the first week without electricity starts tonight! I know, I know, the very thought of CHOOSING to flip the breakers and cause a self-induced a power outage may terrify some of you. I totally understand! The first time we did this was a complete accident. There was a miscommunication. An electric bill wasn’t paid. The power was shut off. We decided to rough it for a week just for fun. And fun we did have! Seriously.

Picture this: Slow-paced, quiet summer evenings; meals cooked outside over an open fire; candle-lit late night discussions and early morning writing corners; clothes washed by hand (okay, I admit, that was the least fun part of the plan…); essentially no electronic distractions of any kind… That was our experience last year. The quiet bliss was the ultimate pampering session for my soul!

This year, thanks to a very thoughtful Christmas gift, we will be able to charge our cell phone/alarm clock with the energy generated while cooking out! The BioLite CampStove is a really neat product with a great cause. It is an ingenious little devise that allows us to simultaneously cook food and charge small electronics with just a handful of dry sticks. The company is using the same technology to bring clean, safe, cheap energy access to people in developing countries. Well done, BioLite!

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Check them out for yourself: http://www.biolitestove.com/

Wish us luck! I’ll catch you on the flip side!

(Originally posted on my old blog, Interim Arts, on May 19, 2013)

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