Got home from an errand about 7:30 this evening and the electricity was on! Hurrah. Of course, we had left the windows open and the air conditioner was chugging away. With no power, there is no way to turn the system off when the power goes out. I'm going to tell myself that it wasn't on long before we came home. And we had cleaned out most of the stuff in the fridge...the websites I read advised throwing things out of the fridge after four hours without power. The stuff in the freezer, save for the ice cream, still seemed pretty frozen, so that was saved.
And boy, when we turned the corner and I saw a glimpse of the light we had left on in the living room...that was one happy moment.