Shoot, I wrote an update during the storm but I'm not sure what happened to it. We were holed up in the living room with no power and only the gas fireplace to try to keep us warm, temps in the 40s in the house (people without fireplaces were lower) when I read from my phone you guys wondering about me. It was so touching (and fascinating for my mom, she still doesn't understand how all this works, lol). Anyway, I wrote in to say we were ok. I did make it to work and home and it was an interesting ride, as always. But this time the governor ordered all but essential personnel off the roads so it made it better. You dealt with the storm, but not the traffic. We finally got power back last night, it was out since Friday. It was so nice to be warm again. We did have a small generator to keep the fridges going, and we swapped it out here and there for the coffeepot the vacum, and little things like that; but heaters kept blowing it, so just the fireplace for heat. We did have a working gas stove and hot water, so that was a nice feature that many people here didn't have. (DH made the BEST egg sandwiches one morning, and I made a nice chowder that warmed us all up.) Sunday night we got a DVD player going, and DS later took it over for XBox with his friends. It was so funny to see them all bundled up in snow gear playing XBox (sucking down the chowder! ) So we spent a couple of days holed up as a family with few electronics, barely even a radio the first two nights - bad connection or something.( DD's boyfriend even spent a night with us as he's in a beach area that was evacuated.) My mother (87) was telling the kids that when she was growing up, her house was always like that in the morning until someone got up and lit the stove for heat. Stories like that. So it was kind of funny for them to realize it wasn't so long ago that things were a lot different, and how good they have it. Nights were the worst. We had so much crap in the living room you couldn't move. I think every pillow and blanket in the house, plus we had layers of clothing but still had cold noses, lol. Plus the dog and hamster were there with us. We tried to keep the dog under the blankets with us but she wanted to be the sentry by the front door - she knew something was off and stayed on duty. The hamster had the best seat in the house, right next to the fireplace. He and I were awake most of the nights and I was just watching him in his cage by the firelight. I think he really enjoyed the warmth and the glow, he was having a ball! I am exhausted right now, spent most of last night and today getting the house back in order, doing the dishes, the laundry, re-making beds, etc. We've lost power many times but usually it's not freezing cold out, and usually it's not for more than a few hours or one day. It is a pain, but I don't know that it could have been avoided. I drove my daughter to babysit a little while ago and there are STILL downed power lines all over the ground. I know there are crews from all over the country working on restoring power and fixing the lines, so to see them still down, to me means they are still doing other things first. Thank you all for your concern. Glad everyone else affected was ok, too. We had several deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning.