Ever wonder what you’d take with you if your house caught on fire? As it so happens, we just got the opportunity to find out.
Yesterday afternoon we came home to discover that an unused oven in our utility room somehow began a fire. Luckily no one was hurt, but it’s been upsetting. Everything we own is covered in soot and ash. If we needed anything, we needed to take something that looked very clean, probably from the second floor, before the soot settled from the air and onto it. The soot gets into everything- inside closed drawers, cabinets, and closets- so if it appeared clean and we wanted it, we grabbed it and dusted it off as best we could on our way to the hotel.
So: outside of pets & vital documents, what would I carry out with me in case of an emergency? I couldn’t bring my spinning wheel, because it was on the first floor- it’s covered in soot and filth, hopefully otherwise fine- but obviously, if it were an option, it would have been on the list. Other than that, here’s the list.
Item the first:
Item the second:
Item the third:
Item the fourth:
Item the fifth, and final:
The pies weren’t actually at the house, thank goodness; Sam and Kiddo had just picked them up from Dangerously Delicious, so they weren’t contaminated by the fire. I’m glad, because that was our saving grace the night of the fire. You have no idea how much a good pie can save a really, really shitty day. Actually, neither did I, until last night. PIES ARE MAGIC.
So, to recap my priorities in an emergency: obviously, my laptop, but that came with me to work, so does that even count? Probably. I would have grabbed it if it hadn’t been with me, so I’d say it counts. So— laptop first. Then we have booze, knitting, writing, and food- mainly pie. And a sense of humor, obviously, too. That’s really all we have in any crap situation- our ability to look at it from the side and smile.