the view from the back door... had I planned to do this in the beginning I would have been more careful about where I was standing when I took each picture but it wasn't so deliberately planned in the beginning!
Q. Why are they outside in the middle of the blizzard?
A. Because it was either them outside for 20 minutes or my sanity. Is there a full moon today on top of this?
We're almost halfway through this storm, and it is very snowy outside : ) The girls are standing on the ground to show off the accumulation by the side of the house. I'm feeling much better about the snow now that I'm home safely. Earlier today when I had to take Maddie's Halloween party cupcakes I was assigned to bring to the other side of the world town because the school district did not call school until after 12:00, I wasn't feeling so zen about the snow. It was more like living the dictionary definition of ridiculous for an hour, driving 20 mph down unplowed streets and roads with Gracie and Bridget in back carrying HALLOWEEN cupcakes of all things... and of course the party was later cancelled with the early release.
But now we're home, and conferences are tomorrow and Friday, so we don't have to scramble anywhere (or crawl slowly, depending on the roads). As long as we can keep our power (we were awakened pre-dawn to the electricity cutting out and the terrible shrieking of the hard-wired fire alarms, a sound that Angie and Wendy know well—wow, were we ever wishing for Angie's iPhone flashlight this morning) we'll be set. Hot chocolate and fresh cookies for snack, lasagna for dinner, and no place to go tomorrow. Well, those of us who aren't considered "essential personnel," at least!
[ed note] Regularly scheduled programming to return soon. Whew.
While scanning the newspaper this morning (that's all I usually get to do as we run around getting ready for bus stops and school and preschool and whatnot) I read the article about the giant snowstorm that is about to bury us in close to two feet of snow in the next 48 hours (for the record, the snow just began falling a few minutes ago. Bridget and I bought milk and a few other essential can't-run-out-of-items with a hundred other neighbors this morning at Albertson's). I often experience the strange sensation of someone who has suffered amnesia when I read local newspapers, because my knowledge of local news is never more than a few years at most.
But today! Today was different. The article said that this snowstorm would be the biggest since the blizzard of March 2003, when 20 inches of snow fell in a very short time. The blizzard of March 2003! We were there for that one!
Yes, that's a giant snow drift Maddie is sitting on. It's not the snow that gets you here, it's the wind.
I am still wearing this same coat. It will not die. Be careful what you pick when you buy Columbia stuff, because it will continue to not be worn out for THE NEXT THIRTEEN YEARS, maybe longer.
Just another reason why it's so strange to be living in a place for the second time—occasionally being able to "get" a news reference!
1. It has been a difficult couple of weeks around here, and I am waaaaaaaay behind on a huge amount of things. Hoping to regain a little momentum, I'm starting this list right now.
2. Let's devote the next few items to Project Runway, shall we? I think it's time to commit to Bryant Park picks, though I am finding it very difficult to decide this time around, because I think the overall quality of the crop of designers is just getting better and better every season. However, I will publicly predict:
Irina Shirin Carol Hannah
That's a first, as I don't think I've ever predicted three girls as finalists before. Who do you pick?
3. But Irina, there is NO WAY in a billion years that I would purchase your holiday dress at Macy's. I'm sorry. I really did wish for a wearable holiday dress to buy at Macy's. I'm pretty sure it's not even doing you any favors, and that's quite a feat.
4. Matt and I think Tim Gunn must be one of the kindest, most well-mannered people in the world. Matt also believes that Heidi Klum is one of the most freakishly stunning people ever to walk the face of the earth. It's hard to argue.
5. On a sort-of related fashion note, the Dillows are going to need to be outfitted as cowpeople for Frontier Days next year. I'm just stating this on the record now so that the shock and laughter has a chance to subside a little between now and then. Maddie will be excited to learn this news, although she believes herself to be a city girl through and through these days ("I can handle five different buses, Mama, I know how to Metro places.")
6. I gave up on the book I've been waiting for at the library since the beginning of August and ordered it for $13 from Amazon on Monday night. Of course I received notice that my number finally came up in the queue but two hours before Amazon delivered it. Ah well. I've heard such wonderful things about it that I'm sure it will be $13 well-spent.
7. Back in the old days, I used to go to Bookmark It after school on Fridays and drop $40 on a stack of books without thinking about it. Ah, the difference between being gainfully employed and... not. : )
8. I found a Starbucks gift card hidden in the back of my wallet yesterday and bought a pumpkin spice frappuccino for me and an oatmeal raisin cookie for Gracie and Bridget to split. I was reminded that I don't like pumpkin spice frappuccinos nearly as much as I like the idea of pumpkin spice frappuccinos, and that Gracie and Bridget don't like oatmeal raisin cookies nearly as much as they like the idea of oatmeal raisin cookies. Live and learn. And next time order caramel and chocolate chip.
9. 84 days until Christmas.
10. This one has a lot more homework this year than last year. She can tell you just about anything you need to know about clouds right now, though the roaring winds have blown any trace of them away today.