Like many of you, the only way I know how to feel is that I wish this were all over. Soon. I'm not complaining.  I'm just sitting at work writing this.  I'm one of the thousands in Sioux Falls without power and heat.  Plus, tree damage.

Like you, I hope that I can reach my deductible on my homeowner's insurance.  I hope that I can find someone to help clean up the mess.  I'm hoping that life can get back to normal sooner than later.

As I write this, I'm reminded by Mayor Mike Huether. He said Sioux Falls has not seen a storm like this one.  It is unprecedented.  The clean up will take months not days.

As some of you are finding ways to vent, I guess this is my way of letting off a little steam.

Despite everything, I'm grateful for a lot of things.  I'm grateful for my job.  It's a privilege to be able to do this job at a time like this.  I'm grateful for my family who have been nothing but supportive in everything I do.  I'm grateful to have a roof over my head and food to eat. I'm grateful for the support of friends.

Most of all, I'm grateful to live in a place like this.  Where we roll up our sleeves to go to work and help each other along the way. It always has been and still is, a great place to live.