AU had a power outage during our staff meeting yesterday afternoon. We finished the meeting OK, but I had no power at the Guesthouse when I got there. I lit two candles when it got dark, and happily, was able to put together a cold supper that turned out to be good. A large garden salad filled up my salad plate. Leftover carrots and butternut squash from supper the night before, and a large ear of freshly boiled corn-on-the-cob fit the bill well. (I had fortuitously picked up the corn from an approved campus vendor over the noon hour.) I peeled a large mango for dessert, and the fresh mango slices topped the meal nicely.
We get unpredictable power outages a couple times a week. Fortunately, they are less frequent and don’t last as long as they used to when I first began coming to AU. The university has powerful generators that kick in for the dorms and the main part of the campus, but they don’t extend to the faculty homes. Some of the faculty have their own generators. The rest just cope with the power outages as best they can. One way or another, everyone comes through them in good shape!