Text message notification of power cuts

Hi, I am new to the world of microcontrollers, though I have wanted to learn for quite a few years now. I am a Canadian living in Dakar, Senegal. Every day there are frequent power cuts and when I am not at home (at work or wherever) I am always wondering when the power is out or when it returned.

I am interested in building a device that can detect power cuts (or the power coming back on) and then send a text message notifying me that the power has left (or returned). I thought that this might be a fun project and a good way to learn.

Is this a feasible project? If so, can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thank you very much! Norm

Thanks for the reply. Yes, I have a small power backup that could keep the module functioning, and the cellular companies are fairly stable. What parts are we looking at here? I saw this while searching, would it be what I need? http://www.libelium.com/squidbee/index.php?title=New_GPRS_module_for_Arduino_(Hilo_-_Sagem)

The RTC (real-time clock) module that you mentioned sounds interesting as well, and likely less expensive than the GPRS module. Could anyone give a list of parts that would work in either of these setups?

For the logging part mentioned by KEG7P this shield works great: - http://www.ladyada.net/make/logshield/ -

ok, so if I went the route mentioned by KEG7P and used the logshield, how would the module detect powercuts while connected to a backup power supply? Would the backup power supply not prevent it from detecting the power cuts?

You don't need GPRS module you reference above, as it's for full internet access which you don't need. Make a search for SMS module/shields. We have a discussion today in other topic, you can start from there: http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php?topic=68608.new;topicseen#new

If your cell phone provider has an email SMS gateway, you may be able to email yourself a message. Would require an ethernet shield.