Thankfully the power came back on in the middle of last night, but after 36 hours, I am uncomfortable eating anything left in the upstairs fridge. Ohhhh man, time to fill up the trash can. I should have taken a picture before I started.
Poor spongebob, you took quite the beating, didn't you?
So long unopened pumpkin cheesecake (tested last year) - bought for the Mrs
Oh Blueberry Crumble, it just wasn't meant to be, was it?
This one hurts alot. An untouched Oreo roll. Oh the humanity!
A collection of single serving size friends
Klondike 100 Calorie Sandwiches. A snack so boring I never got around to posting about it
(I think I bought these.... last winter?)
This stuff goes out with some other recently reviewed treats like the key lime gelato squares and half a container of (oh wait, that post isn't up yet). We also lost all our veggies and breakfast treats. Ugg, we even lost two boxes of stuffed chicken thingies. So much food! The only thing I won't miss is the Arctic Zero, that stuff was nasty!
Here is the fridge as of 9AM this morning
In retrospect, I tossed out a few extra things I didn't need to, but as you can see, the fridge has nothing left but cool packs and some unopened beverage containers (yes there is some tupperware in the freezer, but I waited til I got home before throwing it out). Oh well, at least the fridge is clean.
Now I have to decide what to do with the stuff in the basement chest freezer. That stuff has already been through the hurricane power outages, and now another 36 hours without power for this freak October Nor'easter --- you may remember that I've mentioned having a generator in the past. Well, said generator apparently doesn't work anymore. I couldn't get it started during the hurricane and have since had no luck in repairing it myself. In my pitiful defense, I thought I wouldn't need it for at least another 2 months. My neigbhors currently have it, and if they surprise me by getting it working again, then I will owe them bigtime.
The kids are in bed so it's time to check the damage in the chest freezer. It should be fine....
Uh oh, we've got a fatality
Guess I'll never get around to trying this tasty looking Schwan's
Loaded Waffle Cone with Peanut Butter Swirl
Maybe that container was a fluke..
Uh oh, the freezer started defrosting and the ice
on the inside walls fell off. Better look for other victims.
This Blue Bunny Birthday Cake Personal is toast (it had been laying on it's side)
[we lost the last few birthday party mini champs too]
More lost friends
EWWWW! Skinny Cows faux ice cream is no match for a power outage
And to add one final insult to injury: I just bought these.
I know this will sound corny, but this sucks yet is liberating at the same time. For the first time in a very long time, I have but two ice cream choices in my freezer: B&J Froyo or Breyers Cookie Dough. That's it. No treats, no single servings, no 17 companies, just 2 things.
Sometimes I wish I could transport my taste buds and blogging style of today back to 2008 and just start this whole thing over again. So many early posts consist of "mmm, good" with a tiny shot of the packaging. See, half of my traffic is new people landing on any of 500 random reviews from the last 3 years. I can just imagine someone seeing one of my first reviews and going "man, this guy is an idiot, and he can't write for squat". I'm not saying it's not a fair assessment, but the question is how do I fix it.
Should I give up? Work is busy, my kids keep me busy, and there's always plenty of house chores to do. All too often I now find myself writing posts while half asleep. I'm good at numbers, not words. I wouldn't mind picking up a new hobby or getting back to basics. It may sound corny but I kind of miss building model cars like when I was a kid. Maybe I could go back to working in the real world rather then the world built on ones and zeros. There are a few up and coming ice cream blogs, maybe it's time for me to step aside.
Should I start over? This has tempted me for awhile now, and with a clean sweep of both freezers, now might be the right time. In the early days, the posts were short and often pointless. Nowadays, a good ice cream will inspire me, and a so-so one gets a so-so post. The problem is that I'm not reviewing a two hour movie here, I'm reviewing a 5 minute snack. How do you write more than 5 minutes of content. Sure I can throw in anecdotes here and there to stretch things out, but I'm just not that witty. It's not that I doubt my powers of analyzing ice cream, it's doubting my ability to entertain you (ok, I question my analysis skills too).
I guess I question what it's all about. Other sites are more diversified so it's easy to keep new products streaming throughout the year. Me? Almost everything comes out in spring and it's a free for all of trying to get it posted before someone else does. I had fun trying to incorporate new products from fast food joints and stuff, but even then, I still wonder how great an experience I deliver. Is this why adailyscoop.com and twodips.com don't post much?
Maybe it's my own fault. I refuse to be some mindless blogger who goes "oh, free stuff, this tastes awesome, yeah for Company XYZ!!! send me more!" Forget that. I'm here for facts and my true opinion, love it or leave it.... and that's probably why I don't get a million free samples.... Nah, I shouldn't say that since I've found pretty much all the ice cream companies are cool... until they read my review of the free sample they sent! HA! Sorry, getting fiesty at this point. (ice cream companies, you know I love ya!)
Ok, I need to sleep on everything. There's no ice cream in the queue, but there is one final review left in my head (a frozen yogurt to be precise). If anyone has any advice, I'm listening. Either I need to speak clearer to you, or maybe I need to realize there just aren't that many of us who want to talk about it.
Ok, stay warm, rock on, and enjoy your ice cream.