The phone lines are down along with the electrical lines, which means that communication is difficult. And it's my grandmother's ninety-first birthday today, and she's in the same town, so I can't call her, either. Not that it would make a whole lot of difference, because she's deaf as a post, but still.
At least I got a draft of my SEM paper done. And that SEM paper is the first third of my next dissertation chapter, so it's doubly useful. Now I get to do the fun bit and put together the powerpoint so I can show pictures and play music and video to my spellbound audience. Which, I was told just before the storm, will include Mom Pony and Aunt Finduilas!