See the first two parts here and there. I'm making this my last post on Sandy; anything else I'll just append as updates to the end of this post.
We're going on 70 hours without power at home. The university is back on PSE&G instead of its cogeneration plant. We took hot showers at a friend's place last night, and then ate with family who have a gas stove. I've got to put Hurricane Sandy up there with the Northridge earthquake in terms of crazy natural disasters I've lived through, and Sandy probably comes in at the top spot.
PSE&G estimates it'll be 7-10 days before everyone has power again. I saw a fleet of their trucks near our place this afternoon, so I'm hopeful, but I've been hopeful since Monday. N had the idea to leave the iPad on at home and turn on the "find my iPad" feature so we'll get notified when power goes back up and it connects to the internet. Meanwhile, we're still camped out in our offices.
11/1 update: 72 hrs w/o power
The PSE&G fleet is gone and we're still powerless. Most of our neighbors, including one building in our complex, have power. Patience is a virtue.
11/2 update: 88 hrs w/o power
We've been getting creative with meal solutions. Yesterday, we bought pre-made pot pies and cooked them in one of the coffee room microwaves. Today, we took the rice cooker into work to cook dinner in that--tex mex rice and beans. We'll see how that goes.
11/2 update: 96 hrs w/o power
The university finally contacts us specifically about our building. The one sentence summary: PSE&G is actively working to restore the power in your area. No estimates, though the PSE&G estimates I've seen online place the expected restoration time as 3 days from now.
11/2 update: power is back!
After over 97 hours without power, we got an email from Apple saying that our iPad had been "found." N's brilliant plan worked, and we headed home to hot showers. Tomorrow I get to clean out the fridge, but for now, we're reveling in it.