Glad you're OK, Olympia!
My dad got power back Saturday night and I brought him back home on Sunday. His side of town was put on an emergency list because there are two roads to get and and out if his town and one of those roads collapsed. Hoping this next storm goes out to sea and doesn't hit us again!!
Still no heat at home but no shortage of chocolate, so am okay. Since even my office is drafty, I am sitting here in my many sweaters, my woolen hood with neck attachment (I think it's a ski covering of some kind--I got it in a remnants bin at a discount shop), and my leg warmers, and I've just turned on the space heater. Mmmmm! And I'm about to hunt around on YouTube for some Russian opera.
Glad to hear your father is safely home, sillylionlove. Hope everyone else is settled in and cozy.
I got power back on Saturday approximately 11pm - 5 days and 3.5 hours. So PSE&G met their 7 - 10 days estimate for my household. Everyone in my extended family had power back by Saturday, as well. My uncle & aunt's phone still is non-operational because the outside line was ripped.
Office is still closed. Telecommuting really doesn't work well when you're trying to resolve problems. We tried Skype, but 1 of 4 of us couldn't be heard during a group call. We tried our conference line, but you don't know when someone's going to talk; so, we're stumbling all over each other. It's hard enough to communicate when we're all in the same building - it's probably 4 times harder when we're all in a variety of locations. Also, the tech group had to remote implement an emulator for people to use on their personal PC's or Mac's. Problem is that the emulator doesn't work the same as the one on our corporate machines - so, I'm trying to figure out work arounds for a tool I don't even have, and, of course, the incompatibility is related to a key function that must be completed before Wed 7pm.
I have a hole in my shed roof. THought about putting a tarp over it, but then I realized that there's no way I can do it myself and even if someone else was around to help, they'd have to climb on the tangle of trees that broke the shed roof. Since my knee has been re-injured, I'm not up to climbing. In general, I think it's too risky for anyone to climb on the debris to put a tarp on - I wouldn't want anyone to fall because the debris shifted. The only thing of value is a lawn tractor that we haven't used in years, which should be able to tolerate getting rained on. Prediction for this week's nor-easter is 1 - 2 " of snow for my area of NJ. Since it's supposed to warm up right after that, the only real concern is the wind.