It's official, got the phone call this morning, DSL is hooked up and waiting for me to come up there. Modem was delivered today (although I still don't know why I needed a new one). I hope it's just as easy as plugging in the Mac and the modem. We'll see!
Still haven't heard for sure if they'll break ground right after the 4th, but I am counting on it. Here's the architect's rendering of the front. I colored it in and added the dogs.