Why, yes, I’m lumping the whole month together because it felt like the whole month was like this.
I intended to start the second semester at the beginning of February, however we spent the first week and part of the second week covered in ice which means Daddy didn’t get to work. The week following that we all spent a lot of time with our heads in the toilet. We got the really nasty stomach virus that has sent so many to the hospital for dehydration. We were lucky and while it took its turn with all of us we survived it without a trip to the doctor’s office or hospital. After that I scrapped that and decided to wait until March.
I’m pretty sure this is going to be a bitch fest, you’ve been warned.
I really thought I hated Texas summers and fantasized that some day I would live up north. I would enjoy the snow and the nice mild summers. Perhaps, if I was still a child I would enjoy it- playing out there making snowmen, forts, and snow angels and having snowball fights. I’m sure then it would have been awesome but now as an adult I’m pretty sure I would just think it sucked. I can now say that I would not enjoy the snow. As sucky as summer gets here I have never lost power for 17 hours and I’ve never been stuck in my own driveway. I’m also no longer under the illusion that a fireplace can warm a house or even a room or a 5 foot area around it.
On Thursday I learned the following things.
- Big Daddy and I are not boy scouts, we were completely unprepared. We didn’t know where any working flash lights were and when we found a nonworking one we couldn’t find the d batteries we needed. We even went to our old go too and started raiding toys.
- If you’re parked on an incline you should move your car before there is 6 inches or more of snow behind your car. Snow might look light and fluffy but it’s a total bitch to shovel.
- When it’s really cold outside the temperatures drop fast in your house, 10 degrees in 5 hours, and a quilt is not going to keep you warm.
- Paperless billing sounds like a great idea until it’s 4 am and your cold and cranky and can’t call Oncor because you don’t have the ESID number. Apparently they don’t have our phone number because they didn’t like any of the numbers I entered.
- Keep food in your house that doesn’t need to be cooked.
- After your power has been out for a certain amount of time the snow outside is colder then your fridge. So we buried our food. I wish I would have taken a picture because I’m pretty sure there is a “You might be a redneck” joke in there somewhere.
- And, okay, something positive. 10 – 13 inches of snow is breathtakingly beautiful and I was really happy that I got to experience this, hopefully, once and a lifetime moment with my kids.
If you would like to see all of the pictures I took you can click here.
I think there are close to 200.
This was our neighborhood at almost 8 this morning. I stopped watching the news a couple of months ago so didn’t know what we had in store for the day. Monkey had been asking us when it would snow and I was so excited to let him know that it had finally come. I held off and waited as long as I could before I went to wake him up. His response when I told him, “I know” very matter of factly with no excitement what so ever in his voice. What a joy kill. I helped him get bundled up and he was off for some fun in the snow before his sister got up. Shortly after breakfast, which in our house is anywhere between 9 and 10, our power went out and it went out again and then it went out again for a whole hour. I was really starting to worry that we would have to leave because the temperature in the house was dropping fast when the heater cut on and the house lit up.
I brought Princess P to the window and showed her outside, her response was much more enthusiastic “Cake!” but still not what I was looking for. I told her it was snow and we all got bundled up for Princess P’s first time in snow. She was less then impressed but since Monkey was enjoying it she felt she needed to stick it out too.
I finally dragged them back in for school and nap time. By the time we went back out the snow was so high that Princess P was having trouble walking around. She was really hating it this go around and kept trying to talk Monkey into going in but he wasn’t listening to her pleas at all. I forced them both in when I realized that they were wearing fleece lined crocs but no socks. Yep, that’s me “mom of the year”. Their feet were amazingly warm except for the little part that was exposed. Monkey didn’t get what was so wrong with it and had a complete meltdown, fun stuff. Princess P went down for a record second nap so I let him go back outside. That only lasted 5 minutes because Big Daddy showed up with pizza and apparently pizza is better then snow. Even if he’ll probably never see this much snow again.
I need to check the news web sites because they were throwing around the word historical a lot this evening. I also might call in to Viewer’s Voice and thank them for not saying an historical. Ugh, that really grates on my nerves.