Friday, January 30, 2015

An End of The Month Summary

Blogging is (currently) not as easy as it used to be.  Having a puppy in the house is a huge time-suck.  I've resorted to bully-stick-bribes just to sit down in front of my computer for a few minutes.  Luckily for Pippa, I'm not above bribing tiny pug dogs in order to get some me time.

It had been my plan to write a blog post about how fast the month of January went by, but then we were hit by the blizzard and the kids had two snow days in a row followed by a dreaded early-release day and then this morning, it started snowing again and suddenly the month seems to be crawling, slowly and painfully to it's end.  

Bad weather does that to me.  Most people just embrace the slow-motion caused by inclement weather, but even after sixteen years in New England, I still have a hard time being one of those people who finds beauty in three feet of snow.  I am forever trying to get winter to speed up.  Or at very least, keep a brisk pace.

Perhaps it's seasonal disorder, but things seem gloomier around here.  Teenage angst and pre-teen moodiness have reared their ugly heads and the nine year old spent two hours last night stressing over a loose tooth.  The bickering has reached an all-time high and I'm pretty sure that our children have forgotten that they ever got along.

I have a few deadlines hanging ominously over my head.  Both Henry and Georgia are going to camp this summer (separately - see the above paragraph starting with seasonal disorder)  and I have to finish up their applications and medical forms.  Each camp requires about 20 pages of answered questions, medical records and travel documents.  Josie is also going to camp this summer, but it's a day camp whose only requirement was a valid credit card.

I spent an hour on hold with the Post Office this morning, trying to figure out why we haven't gotten mail for three days.  I finally gave up and just called my next-door neighbor to see if she had gotten mail either.  I was worried it was personal.

Things are not all gloom and doom, luckily.  I shopped for our family super bowl party today - we are doing heavy appetizers and dessert.  Yum.  I'm looking forward to a good day of pigging out (and watching football, I guess).

And Meredith sent me the following photo of a young Lily and Avery at the Florida resort we are going to over spring break:

Ahh.  So cute.  And so warm looking!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Blizzard of 2015

Well, we survived the Blizzard of 2015.

It was a long, long day but the electricity remained on and so did our heat, and for that we were extremely grateful.

When it was all said and done, I'd say that we got about 27 inches, but it's hard to get an exact amount since there was so much blowing and drifting.

We didn't go outside until mid-afternoon.  It was hard to move around (as you can imagine) and it was hard to see since the snow and the wind were relentless.

Georgia has been begging for money-making opportunities since she is saving up for a watch, so she offered to help Gordy with the shoveling.  

Gordy mostly used the snow blower to clear the driveway.  It took forever and he had to do the entire length twice, just because the snow didn't stop until around ten o'clock last night.  I shoveled the last two inches of snow off the driveway this morning.  

The highlight of the blizzard for me was sledding down our road - which for all of you who have never been to our house, is an incredibly steep, curvy mountain, which when covered in snow, it's not unlike a luge track.

During normal snow falls, it's not safe to sled on our road since it's a one-lane street and you could easily get hit by a car on it's way up the hill, but blizzard days are perfect for street-sledding.  Massachusetts had a driving ban in effect and the only cars out and about were snowplows which don't often find themselves in our neighborhood.  

Josie and I took two passes down the hill and the second pass was perfect.  We had just the right speed and the track created from our first run enabled us to go all the way down the hill, making every curve.

I'm sorry I didn't get any pictures, because I'm certain the event was Olympic-worthy.

How did the puppy do in the storm?

She spent a lot of time at the top of our mudroom stairs, watching us from this window:

I joined her there after the sledding.  All in all, Pippa Middleton has been fine with the snow.  It's been a little more difficult finding her a place to use the toilet since the snow was twice her height (and then some), but she's been a good sport.  We gave her as much indoor exercise as we could, since outdoor walks were out.

And pugs, by nature, are happiest when sleeping on a lap and a blizzard certainly provides plenty of lap time.

All three kids had snowdays yesterday and today.  I walked into town to take an exercise class this morning, and I was horrified to see that none of the schools or sidewalks had been plowed out yet.  Henry's school will definitely be back in session tomorrow, but who knows about the girls'.  

The sun has been out a few times today, but it's freezing cold and nothing has melted.  We're expecting another snow storm on Friday.  

Thanks for all your nice comments on my last post!  We survived!

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