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Monday, February 10, 2014



Is there a 12-step program for talking about the weather so much? After this weekend I am feeling like I need to join one. I really don't want to talk about the weather anymore, but I can't seem to stop myself! But really, we've had some weather. That whole potential two snow storms and possible five inches of snow turned into three snow storms (two which were very blizzardy), followed by freezing rain and way more than a measly five inches. While I was officially ready for spring on December 26th, the snow was delightful and proved too irresistible not to love. Especially Saturday, Miss Marla and I went for a walk - of whom might I mention came around to loving the snow and nearly pulling me down into several times whilst trying to run and folic in it. But luckily it was deep enough that I was sinking in powdery snow up to my calves, Marla also kept falling into giant piles of snow because you couldn't see the curbs which slowed her down a bit (I kept sinking in them too, though I am sure it wasn't nearly as cute). It was quiet, the wind had resided and it was snowing those big beautiful snowflakes. It was a perfect blanket snow over everything and it was just lovely.

But by Saturday night the freezing rain came and added a thick layer of ice to everything that was already heavy with snow and I watched and listened out my windows to the giant oak tree branches creaking overhead. It also sounded like little thousands of baseballs were falling from the sky when the ice would fall from the branches into the hardened snow - which is still happening. That part I don't find as endearing, especially as it's started warming a bit I am now watching big branches falling down and sheets of ice slide from the rooftops. So, as you can imagine this weekend we were snowed in, alternating between watching the Olympics and the "winterblast of 2014" unfold on the local news, which at these times is both gripping and hilarious - like this clip that was apparently Portlandia enough to make it to the Hufpo (just so you know i do feel a little bad for linking to this, that looks like it hurt). But, now, for real-for real, I am ready for spring!

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  1. Oh, snow. What a lovely, lovely time you had. There's something about anticipating weather events that I just love (part of why I *enjoy* hurricane season, I guess), and the back to back storms had to be so fun. I remember years like that when I was in high school. One storm, missing school, another storm, missing more school. So! Much! Fun! I'm watching a storm that's headed Cal's way (and face it, if he shared a little, I wouldn't mind at all), so all my fingers are crossed for him. :)

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    1. it's been a long time since we've had a non-stop weather report (though, luckily, they broke for the olympics!), and truthfully for whatever reason it's one of my favorite parts of winter weather! especially in portland, they will just stand at freezing mud-puddles and give a full report on the state of said mud-puddle. i think i also like to watch the news because it shows me that i am not the only one that has a really difficult time answering questions when put on the spot - all those poor people at bus stops they interview who can't wrap their mind around their silly news questions. i'm hoping cal gets his snow! xo

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  2. I am sure that Marla looks ADORABLE in the snow. We're supposed to get a "wintry" mix tonight so I'm feeling your pain, especially when I'm outside with the horses every night. Sigh, the things we do for our animals

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    1. the first couple nights it was so windy out i was definitely thinking maybe i should have waited to get a dog in the spring, and gotten used to all this on-demand outside time in better weather. but i was really happy she was willing to go out with me when i wanted to take walks in the snow - my kids were all up for tubing and sledding in the snow but not so much for the walking in the snow.

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  3. i completely know what you mean...the weather is such a cliche conversation starter but i can't stop myself from talking about it either! to your credit, it has been ridiculously bizarre this year. that ice storm looks like it was pretty brutal!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://www.dreamsinhd.blogspot.com

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    1. it does feel so cliche to talk about the weather, but we all seem do it. maybe it's just because we like to connect and relate and have commonalities. also i think online, i like hearing about it because it kind of gives you a picture for people you don't see in action.

      and, yes, there has been a lot of crazy weather to discuss!

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  4. I always laugh when I'm in the communal kitchen at work and someone inevitably brings up the weather. We're standing at the water cooler or microwaving our lunch and without fail someone will say, "How about this snow, huh?" I'm guilty of it. It's the easiest neutral conversation starter!
    Also, I think all dogs are hardwired to love the snow. Fitz runs through it with his head really low and his mouth wide open, shoveling it in. Dogs are silly. It looks like you guys had quite the weekend of weather though! The boys must have had so much fun tubing! I wish someone would pull me around in a snow tube :( xo

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    1. she definitely didn't love it at first and then it was pretty obvious she would have ran away to live amongst the snow forever and ever. she did not love the ice though and refused to go pee outside which meant she went inside for the first time in a long time. just another reason for me to not love freezing rain. xo

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  5. it always cracks me up when the news names the weather like its this big huge crazy event. the photo of your twins is perfectly adorable :) I braved the streets today and went to the post office- I feel very proud of myself but then I saw the snow plows and the gravel sprayers.

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    1. i went out too. it's just so wet now. and all that brown slushy snow, not nearly as pretty as it was a couple days ago! but it did feel good to leave the confines of my house for a bit!

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  6. oh my god, it does look cold. so I get it. keep talking about the weather. it must be traumatizing :) it's sunny here today so I'm going to take my camera for a walk. who knows how long it lasts. we're slowly drowning over here. even London is getting flooded. see, talking about the weather too ;) xoxo

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