Nice! I really love this pattern, and have knit it several times. I knit socks on 2 circs, but recently tried the magic loop as well and I have to say that it was a lot easier than I thought it would be!
Yay for your first sock! It took me FOREVER to get the hang of sock knitting, but it is very addictive and fun for those times when you need a fast instant gratification type of project. Hope to see more socks from you!
We had an ice storm where I live (Indiana) a couple years back. I was finishing my master's degree and was living in campus housing. Luckily, because I was on campus, I had power a day longer than most people. However, the next day I awoke to find thta I was frozen into my apartment! As horrible as an ice storm is, it really does provide some beautiful scenery. (And I know what you're talking about with the crazed people at the stores - there was no water, bread, or peanut butter where I went!)