Thanks guys. There was a GFCI tripped in the garage that I didn't see at first. The odd thing is that I swear I checked it as one of the first things I looked at - must have not done it properly and then dismissed it.
Thanks again for all the suggestions!
dont worry, twice now my internet went out .. took me about 8 hours once to find the culprit.
backup battery mounted in garage. gfci tripped.
also once the outlet in one of the garage eaves stopped working .. xmas lights .. I ended up running an extension cord from another outlet to the lights. got done, came inside ... hey, the night light in the bathroom isn't on ... gfci ... I felt like Chevy Chase in Xmas vacation.