As I am sure most of you know, the northeast got hit pretty hard with storm Nemo this past weekend! Initially the idea of a big, debilitating, snow storm sounded great, no school, no work, and plenty of time to study for my three huge exams and watch movies….what a seemingly relaxing weekend.
However, this seemingly great weekend only lasted a total of six hours before suddenly being cooped up inside became very BORING!
At first life was great, I lounged in my sweats, watched two movies, and caught up on missed tv episodes, and studied for my tests….but with those activities taking up just a few hours and plenty more free hours left in the day..it was only a matter of time until the boredom kicked in.
I tried to fill the time by watching tv, but nothing good was on, I compulsively snacked, but quickly got a stomachache, I tried playing with my cat, but she was just interested in sleeping…needless to say there wasn’t much to do to occupy myself with. Luckily my roommate Hannah was stuck at home with me, so we decided to spend our Friday night cooking!
The boredom came even earlier Saturday, at this point it had been a full 35 hours since either of us had been outside the apartment and we were beginning to get a severe case of cabin fever. After checking Facebook for possibly the 100th time in an hour, I saw that the Whole Foods in our neighborhood would be open for five hours during the afternoon. My roommate and I decided we were in desperate need of an adventure which included leaving our apartment so we decided to truck it to Whole Foods.
After bundling up in our snow clothes we set out to leave, the only problem was when we opened the front door we realized just how high the snow really was, yet we didn’t let that deter us, we were girls on a mission desperate for some fresh air.
We were surprised at the amount of people walking around outside despite the fact that there was very very few stores open and there was still an active driving ban out, not to mention all the majors means of Boston transportation services including the T were still suspended!
On our walk we saw some pretty interesting sights. We found one cab stuck on a side street, despite the neighborhood full of people that tried to shovel out the car and push it, the situation wasn’t looking too good. On another street we passed a girl walking through the street with skis on, not sure if she was headed to some secretive ski slope, but in my opinion she just looked strange and out of place. Of course we also passed some pretty snowed in cars….looks like getting out is going to be interesting!
At last we arrived at Whole Foods, at soon as we entered we were quickly notified that there was only one cashier open and the line to check out would be a forty five minute wait. After browsing the picked over store, and weaving in and out of customers in the long line which wrapped around several aisles in the store, we decided that no product was worth the forty five minute wait!
After a nearly hour long adventure we headed home and resumed our normal positions on the couch in front of the tv. After watching three movies we decided to go to bed at 10:00, hey the long boring days has made us quite tired!
Then early this morning sometime around 5:00 a.m., I woke up to two loud beeping alarms, initially I tried to go back to sleep, but in the back of my mind I began to panic what if something was wrong, at exactly the same time all the lights in the apartment quickly shut off at once….. we had lost power.
Not knowing what to do, Hannah and I decided it was best to call 911. We placed our call and were assured that the fire department was on their way.
After waiting for ten minutes we hurried to the window when we saw the red and blue flashing lights, We watched for the next 10 minutes as the truck tried to find somewhere to park. Then the weirdest thing happened, we watched from the window as the fire truck simply drove away, good thing we weren’t having a major emergency. Immediately after I called 911 back to inform them of what had happened and they once again assured me that another truck was on it’s way, I hoped this time they would at least get out of the truck!
They did, they informed us that the alarms going off were a result of the loss of power, and after resetting them (and more importantly quieting them) they assured us there was nothing to worry about!
After the fire department left I called N star about our lack of electricity, after being put on hold for twenty minutes I was informed that the problem would be fixed by mid morning….great just 5 more hours left to endure in our cold, dark apartment!
Needless to say these past few supposed”relaxing” days have turned out to be quite the opposite, and for the first time possibly ever I may actually be looking forward to days filled with school, work , and homework…..
Recipe for Baked Shrimp Scampi
2 lbs of shrimp, deveined, peeled, and butterflied
3 tbsp of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 tbsp of white win
1 tsp of lemon juice
red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
3/4 cup of panko
1tbsp of chopped parsley
1 tbsp of olive oil
1) Combine together ingredients for the marinade, combine the olive oil, garlic, white wine, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper together, add in shrimp and set aside
2) Mix together the panko with the parsley and olive oil
3) Preheat oven tot 350, place shrimp on the bottom of a baking/casserole sheet, cover with bread crumbs, let bake for 15-20 minutes or until shrimp is opaque, enjoy!