Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snow Day

More like snow week. For those of you not following national weather news, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states are being walloped by the second snow storm in a week. It has been quite the adventure, with the university that employs me being closed for three days in a row. It's practically unheard of. For those of you in this area with me, please be careful and stay warm and safe.

You might have noticed that I have been absent from blogs, mine included, for the past week. Part of that is due to the fact that I headed home early last Friday because of the first impending storm. That night, the power went out and stayed out for over 24 hours. We had to bring our cats over to the house so they didn't freeze, which was huge because my mother in law is allergic.

It actually worked out really well and Donald and I spent the night in the basement with the cats in front of the fireplace, quite warm and romantic if you ask me. The power came back on at 4 am Sunday morning, but the phones and internet were down until yesterday. So all I had was my iPhone, and I wasn't about to try blogging from there. I know it's possible, but it's not conducive to the way I write.

Work was cancelled on Monday. And Tuesday. We left home for Donald's job away from home on Tuesday morning after getting some files from my office so I could do work from there. The roads were so bad in the city that it took us an hour just to get to my office. Once we got out of the city and were headed to our final destination, though, the roads were beautiful and clear, so it made for a very nice drive. I actually drove, which put a lot more experience in my belt for driving in the snow. Remember, I grew up in California, where we never had a snow day. Donald thinks this is a tragedy of my upbringing.

Since we arrived, I've been rescheduling housing appointments to avoid the second storm, and sneaking out between to see some places early. So far, it's going really well and I am pleased with our options. I have more appointments through Saturday, so we'll see what happens. Ideally, we'll be able to make a decision early next week and then I really will be "all systems GO" for this move.

So that's the factual version. The more emotional version is that all of this mayhem and confusion has been a really wonderful opportunity and reminder for us to see what is most important as we plan for our upcoming transition. I have felt more competent and responsible in the last week than I have in a long time. We had no problem handling the power outage. We shoveled snow and salted. We cared for our cats and made sure that the pipes didn't freeze.

We were reminded of what is most important. Without power and internet and cable, we had few distractions. We sat together by the fireplace and played board games. We did puzzles. We read books and did crafts and talked. It was like we had gone back in time. It was so nice to slow down and relax and reconnect. We have been slower here and more relaxed and more attuned to spending our time on the most important things rather than the infinite distractions around us.

Even though the storms have been branded dangerous and a mega inconvenience, I am grateful for them. I am grateful that it has given us the opportunity to shift our priorities to the important things. I am grateful that it has given me time away from work to focus on our upcoming transition. And I am grateful that it has pushed me over the fear of being on our own again. If I can drive in snow, baby, I can do anything.


  1. So YOU are the one who stole all of our snow in the Northeast. We have 2 lonely snowmobiles and no snow to ride them!!! I miss my snow.
    Lindsey Petersen

  2. Hi Daphne,

    I complain about the snow...but really, it's not normal living in New Hampshire and I can see my front lawn in the middle of Febraury. Hopefully, the storm that's heading our way, will leave foot or so of snow on my door step.

    Being snowed in or iced in as we were last year, brings a lot into perspective. I loved the five days I had without power (we have a generator that keeps the house running), cable, internet. I made a baby blanket, read few books, watched a few movies, and learned to cook on a hot plate :-)

    Looks like you made the most of being snowed in, too!

  3. Lindsey - I'm really enjoying your blog! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Has the snow headed your way since you commented? At this point, I think there is plenty to go around.

    Peggy - Thank you so much for your comment. I loved reading about what you did with your snowed in time. Stay warm out there!

  4. Hi Daphne .. eventually caught you .. & I'm here. Snow - dont' talk about it .. we don't really 'do it well here!' .. fortunately we don't get much down here. I am fed up with the cold though - finally got my bulbs in to my pots and the primroses .. don't have a garden! as it was a sunny 'warm' day.

    Great you just enjoyed yourselves .. I love puzzle days, board game days .. always special - & I gather you can do masses via your iphone - I have one .. but I baulk at it!! Have a good rest of the week .. love Hilary

  5. Hilary - Thanks so much for visiting and for your comment! Spring will come, your flowers know it, so trust them. :)

  6. I miss snow! Here in Australia we don't get much. I remember one holiday in the mountains though, while it didn't snow there was a heavy fog which prevented us from going out from our lodge. We were nearly the sole occupants, sitting in front of a huge open roaring fire, drinking strawberry daiquiris, playing board games and reading. I miss those days.... and I miss him.... but I know now that he was but an illusion. The real thing is yet to come....

  7. Kate - I'm sorry you haven't gotten much snow in Australia. It must have been amazing to be stuck inside because of fog. Sounds like a lovely day. Thanks for the comment!


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