It's always hip to talk about the weather.
Well, the power finally came back on. It was starting to get chilly in the house... we have the thermostat set to an energy-saving 70 degrees in the winter (it's cooler during the programmed "unoccupied" times, which is one of the benefits of having a fancy-schmancy thermostat). The power was off for a little over an hour and I definitely feel the temperature difference when it goes below 69 in the house. The fact that it didn't get too chilly means that our energy-efficient windows are doing some good.
I just wish that my computer hadn't been on with lots of programs open when the power went off. Grr.
It's been snowing steadily all morning, and we have a nice cover of 6-8 inches outside. It's that storm that swept over from California and threatened to be icy... but luckily it stayed cold enough to come down in fluffy white flakes today. Our road still hasn't been plowed, though.
We have an unknown neighbor who ocasionally plows the sidewalks in our neighborood with a snowplow attached to his 4-wheeler. I think that's really cool of him to do that. We don't have that much driveway or sidewalk in front of our house, but having just one old-fashioned shovel to do the work gets old really quickly. We've had a lot more snow this year than we did last year... and we're seriously considering getting a snow blower. We could both use the exercise from shoveling by hand, but that's a real pain in the ass when you just want to get it done.
Speaking of weather, I flipped to The Weather Channel on TV last night for the first time in a while. Ben told me he'd recently read that it was for sale. If only I had $5 billion dollars on hand, I'd buy it. Though I long for the time when they had less weather-thrills programming and more of the old-school 24-hour weather reports. At least there's still smooth jazz and Local on the 8s.