Well, we survived our first New England Blizzard! And now we know what all the hub-bub is about. Nate and I are from Cleveland, which sits smack dab on the Snow Belt and gets a lot of lake effect snow off of Lake Erie. In other words, we're not strangers to snow that falls fast and in large volumes. Neither of us could figure out why the 30 inches that were predicted for the Boston area thanks to Blizzard "Nemo" were causing such a panic. And then the snow came and we realized that, when snow hits a city, there is absolutely no place to put it. Street parking is the norm around here so the snow can't be pushed to the sides of the road - and when it is, there is no where for cars to park. So, even this week, a good two weeks after the storm, when people would leave their parking spots in front of their houses, they would place a lawn chair where their car had been - apparently this is how you mark your territory when the already-very-limited street parking becomes even more limited. It's a very strange site to see lawn chairs and patio furniture lining the streets, let me tell you!
The afternoon the blizzard hit, the pediatricians' office I work in ended up closing early. There was a state of emergency declared and a state-wide ban on driving! Nate's classes were cancelled so when I got home we ordered pizza, curled up on the couch and watched a movie. It was so fun to have a "grown-up" snowday!
When I got home from work that Friday, I had a package waiting for me. A sweet friend, a fellow Army wife that I met in a military support group while Nate was deployed, read this blog post and happened to see one of my favorite teas in the store the next day. She said it made her think of me so she picked up a few boxes and popped them in the mail along with a very thoughtful card! Side note: I am a sucker for cards, both giving and receiving. Give me one and I'll love you forever. And even if you're not a card person, it won't stop me from sending them. (My father-in-law is very much not a card guy, so you better believe I make sure to send him cards for special occasions!)
Since Valentine's Day was only a few days away, I took advantage of being snowed in and did some baking.
Our street was finally plowed late-night on Saturday. Nate got up extra early for church the next day so he would have time to shovel our car out. He drove by the church quick while I was still getting ready just to see what the parking situation was and came home to report that there was nothing available. Street parking is the only option and where there weren't piles of snow there were buried cars belonging to other snow-in people.
So, since we were up we decided to get some breakfast. This is the the entrance to our favorite breakfast place in town.
This is what happens when Hubs takes my phone. Very flattering, dear.
What a weekend! It was definitely an experience. A few feet of snow in Cleveland is nothing. In Boston, it's a whole different story.