The power finally came back on around 4. By that time I'd read four chapters of Michelle Malkin's book, done the daily check-on-mom thing, cleaned my house (what I could without power) and played with the dogs.
The good news is that the dogs are now friends. Checkers doesn't take well to other dogs, but she seems to think that this one is her puppy. After dinner, Steve and I walked both of them around the block and they had a big old time. Checkers is very patient with Jazz.
Meanwhile, a whole news cycle has escaped me. I've been out of the loop today. I'll catch up and be back with you tomorrow!