When I was done, I reached under the desk to unplug the heating pad, and the computer shut off once again. This time I saw why. The big plug of the heating pad was touching the switch on the power strip. The computer shut down once again as I unplugged the heating pad. I thought grumpy thoughts and turned it all back on. However when I went to the autosave, I was horrified to see that the document it saved was only the original first two paragraphs from when I plugged in the heating pad the first time. My work had been lost.
I'm actually surprised that the shriek was not heard in Australia.
Good news? My short term memory is not as bad as I thought.