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Snowstorm

As promised, here are photos from Sunday’s snowstorm! Luckily for us, we didn’t have to work that day, and we planned ahead to stay in, so it was mostly a day of watching the snow fall with warm cats on my lap. My parents did come over to watch the new Sherlock with us, but that was the extent of excitement for that day.

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I went to work alone yesterday, as Lisa was sick, and that was an adventure in itself. Brushing the snow off of my car didn’t take too long, since the wind had done most of the work for me, but it took me about 10 tries of backing in and out before I was fully out of my parking spot. Even then, I was facing uphill, rather than facing downhill (towards the main road). I couldn’t get going up the hill, so I backed down to the main street. Fortunately, it was early enough and snowy enough that there wasn’t a lot of traffic around. Whew!

All of the roads were dicey, though. It was so cold (-11F at that point) that the salt trucks had no effect, and so a packed layer of slick snow and ice coated 98% of the roads, making getting around tough. My workplace was one of the few open, so I had to brave it, despite the fact that half of our employees ended up stuck at home anyway. I was the first person in the office, which was only 58F when I arrived, so naturally I was in a grumpy mood most of the day! But, I survived and made it home safely, so that’s what really matters. I did get stuck twice in the evening when I went out for dinner, but the first time our awesome neighbors shoveled me out of my spot, and the second time my dad pushed me back out into the street, so all was well.

This morning, the roads weren’t much better, but by this afternoon, temperatures had warmed up enough for the salt to start to work, so I saw a lot more pavement on the route home than I’d seen in days! Hopefully, by tomorrow, the roads will be mostly clear. I’ve had enough of this white stuff!

Too bad it’s only the beginning of January….

Random Acts of Kindness

I was feeling pretty awful today, so I didn’t make it in to work for my overtime, but I at least made it out and about to take care of some errands and get a few groceries in preparation for tomorrow’s big snow storm. The traffic and amount of people in the stores was insane, but I guess everyone had to get their bread and milk, hah. While we were out and about, Lisa and I ended up pre-ordering the limited edition Bravely Default from Gamestop. I also downloaded the demo, so I’ll write about that after I play it some more!

After we came home, I delivered a little present we bought for some neighbors. Their back sliding door faces our parking spaces, and more often than not, one or both of their gorgeous Maine Coons are watching us when we come and go. Being cat lovers, I thought it would be a kind gesture to get their cats a little gift, and so I picked up a mixture of cat toys for them. I hope they liked it!

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Speaking of cats, my dad has been really wanting a Maine Coon of his own, and today he and my mom went to see a cat they found online. They really liked him and put in an application to adopt him, but apparently one other family is also interested, so they’re not sure if they’ll get him or not. According to photos, he’s a huge cat, but really beautiful!

At any rate, I’m a bit grateful that the snow is coming on the weekend, and I look forward to resting. Hopefully this cold will go away before I have to go to work Monday (and I hope I can brave the possible -35F windchills we’re expecting). Expect snow photos tomorrow!

Bitter cold

When I went to work this morning, my phone told me it was -1F outside. The air hurt to breathe, and the car couldn’t warm up fast enough.

Unfortunately, worse is on the way. Saturday night into Sunday, we’re expected to get 8-10″ or more of snow, and with that will come bitter cold temperatures. The latest forecast shows a low of -10F on Sunday night and highs in the single digits for Monday. Apparently it’s been 20 or so years since the region got this cold.

Also, when I came home, our apartment was just over 60 degrees. Apparently our AC had somehow kicked on, and maintenance noticed the sound and fixed it while we were gone. I just wonder how cold it got before they noticed. We have two cats who seem to be doing fine, but how cold did it get for them? Poor babies…

And, of course, on top of that, I’ve caught a head cold. I was going to work some OT tomorrow before the storm hit, but if I still feel this way in the morning, I think sleep would be the better option.

Thank you, winter.