Power outages are a fact of life, and for those that work remotely, it can be a particularly frustrating reality. The weather can be detrimental for those trying to earn a living from their own homes.

I've been doing some work from the road as of late. I just spent three days with no Internet or mail service, and the electricity we did manage to get came from a generator we spent a fortune on gas to keep powered the entire time. Our toaster oven blew fuses on numerous occasions.

I made multiple attempts at driving into town to use Wi-Fi from businesses like Starbucks and Applebee's. I was unable to get a signal strong enough to get access to the publishing tools I need to do my job. More than 60 trees fell into area roadways and powerlines causing outages to surrounding neighborhoods.

Record snowfall piled up outside my window for nearly 50 hours straight after Christmas Day. More than 17 feet of snow accumulated over a mountain pass 160 miles to my north in less than two days. I was ecstatic Wednesday night at about 10:45 P.M. when lights on my street slowly started powering up. As inconvenient as it was at times, the snowfall was also a blessing for the region.

To kill the time, my family and I sat by the fireplace playing games while the laundry piled up. I rediscovered the game of Yahtzee, which I've played at least a dozen times since Sunday. You don't realize how good you have it until situations like these arise.

Stay safe Twin Falls. I hope you all weathered the recent storms with minimal damage.

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