Follow ups

Well, my fellow New Englanders, I did my best. I figured writing about the impending snow storm would make it, in the spirit of New England storms, become a non-event. Last night, as the hour for its arrival passed with a few errant snowflakes, I hoped.

It was not to be. Now, I try really hard not to complain about snow in New England in winter. (Or 100 degrees with 90% humidity in summer.) At least, no more than the standard complaints. But really. This is unacceptable. My husband I each put over two hours in shovelling our driveway out again. We had to carry snow across the street from the first shovelsful. It would’ve been a significant snowfall if it was the first of the year — maybe a little over a foot. But coming on top of existing berms, it was brutal. And you know, I consider that in the modern life, there are very tasks jobs where my gender matters. Hardly any really. But when the snow piles are 5 feet high, it turns out upper body strength is at a premium. I simply could not get the snow high enough for most of the locations, so I had to walk a long, long way carrying heavy snow to clear it.

I did, however, sneak in 5 minutes of pictures to show just how bad it was today. I was hoping to get all artistic and try out camera settings etc, but there was just Too. Much. Snow. As it was, I made it to work at the crack of 11 this morning. The only saving grace was that everyone else has to deal with the same snow.

Also, Grey has been successfully signed up for Kindergarten. It was rather anticlimactic. The woman at the front desk seemed very surprised that I’d actually read the web site, filled out the appropriate paperwork and had the needed documents already copied. Hopefully she favorably remembers me forever from now. Or at least for the, er, 7 years she and I will be BFFs.

(Takes a look at her camera memory card.) Hey, there are some other arty pictures here too, with me trying to figure out my camera. Fun! (OK, I admit it. I’m not feeling too hot. I have the uneasy sense that this blog post doesn’t have any coherence. That’s a classic combination for a picture post!)

Perry the Platypus wears a hat.
Perry the Platypus wears a hat.
Date night. I won this round on behalf of the Allies.
This is the capability that made me really want a new camera. You can't do this with a point-and-shoot. At least not mine.
We played a game called Arimaa. My husband won. Then he spent a week reading up on strategy.
I love this chess set.
They spent hours with this "house" they built
It's so hard to take pictures of lots of snow.
It's so hard to take pictures of lots of snow.
Where would you put this snow?
Where would you put this snow?
Snow shoveling is a neighborhood activity. We were all out today, and the kids played while we shoveled.
Snow shoveling is a neighborhood activity. We were all out today, and the kids played while we shoveled.
Where we do put the snow. Those are stairs, if you can't tell.
Where we do put the snow. Those are stairs, if you can't tell.

Here are all the pictures

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