This here is a Public Service message type of blog post. See, the Northeast, where we live, has been hit with a brutal cold snap (and a big snow storm) which we, unfortunately, were ill-prepared for. We ended up with some frozen, damaged pipes. We spent about 36 hours trying to fix things, but finally ended up getting a plumber in. He was here for almost three hours, and I have a feeling I'm probably going to cry when I see his bill.
The Man and I are putting this into the category of Lesson Learned. We will now take these Winter Weather Warnings seriously, and we WILL properly prepare our home and ourselves for such things.
Here is a handy little guide to preventing and thawing frozen pipes, from the American Red Cross: