Archive for December, 2007

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WW: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

December 26, 2007

When small creatures were stirring, only the mice…

Christmas Mice

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Snow Storm ’07

December 17, 2007

This storm was to be a big one! The winter storm warnings went up Friday, letting us know that by Saturday evening we would have white out conditions, blowing snow, icy temperatures, and generally nasty driving conditions. I was relieved to see that the warnings were from Saturday evening until Monday morning, since I had off work from 8 AM Saturday, ’til 11:30 PM Monday. I could stay in all weekend and not worry about traversing the roadways to work.

Saturday evening Jeff and I went looking for a pair of boots for him at about 8:30. The snow had just started and was icy and wet. We found boots at the first place we went, good thing! All night Saturday into Sunday the precipitation sounded like ice pelting the skylight in our bedroom. Normally I like the sound of rain on the window, but this was a little disconcerting. When I got up Sunday morning, there was a blanket of very icy, crystalline snow. Kyle and I cleaned off the car, shoveled the driveway, and went to buy milk and Starbucks drinks. No, I won’t let a little snow keep me from Starbucks, LOL!

At some point Sunday afternoon, the real snow began. Big, light, fluffy flakes! I don’t know how long it snowed, but when I woke up at 4 AM today, there was a lot more snow than when I went to bed last night! I began shoveling around 4 AM and stopped at 4:30. The icy stuff underneath made the snow removal difficult. I went out again around 7 AM, for another 15 minutes or so and finally cleared most of what I had wanted to clear. We have a postage stamp sized front lawn so finding places to put the snow, without having to haul it far, is the most difficult part of shoveling. Here are some pictures of the driveway and surrounding snow piles.

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Almost all of the schools in the county are closed today. I am not sure if it is because of the snow or the wind chills, but I imagine there are many happy kids today! My own kids asked if they could play outside. I made them promise they would not throw snow at each other and that they would keep an eye on each other’s faces/exposed skin for signs of frostbite. I also told them they couldn’t go out until I took pictures of the snow they were about to “ruin.” They frequently get out there before I can capture the beauty of freshly fallen, unadulterated snow. Here is what I got…

The kids built a snow slide last time it snowed. The “sleeping giant” in the back yard is what remains of their slide. dcp_2502.jpg

dcp_2503.jpgThe “green thing” is a 12 inch ruler. Yes, we got a foot of snow! I had to clear an area for poor little Joe to use as a potty spot. When I took him out first thing this AM, before shoveling, he stopped as soon as he was out the door, peed, and ran back in the house. I guess the snow on his undercarriage was too much!

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Dedicated or Insane?

December 17, 2007

I was told by a runner, that the conditions outside don’t matter, it is the running that is important. Apparently Kyle has found his passion…running. One week ago I asked him if he wanted me to register him for a series of 6 races, run over 3 months, called the Freezeroo. He said that would be neat, although 2 of the races are over distances that far surpass anything he has run to date. Fortunately he is not too discouraged if he has to stop and walk for a bit of any race, which I imagine he will need to do in the 7.5 and 8 mile races. The most he has run in a race so far is 4.1 miles.

Little did we know that this past weekend would dump the coldest air of the season so far, as well as 12 – 15 inches of snow on us. The race was Saturday morning at 10 AM. I left work at 8 AM, came home and checked the race website to see if the freezing wind chills would be cause for a cancellation. All I can say is these runners are nuts! But then I guess Jeff and I are as well, for we both went to his race and stood there on the side of a wide open road for about 45 minutes while Kyle warmed up, then ran the race. I made the girls wear their snowsuits so they were toasty warm. Here they are playing on the side of the road with another little girl they met at the race.Sarah

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Erin and Friend

As we stood there waiting for the race to begin, I was amazed at all the joking and happy faces amongst the participants of this race. One girl was talking with some others and mentioned that she wasn’t wearing socks because she hates running in them. I looked down at her feet to find she was wearing running shoes similar to my own. My own toes, inside a pair of heavy athletic socks were nearing the numb stage. I am not sure how she did in the race, but I hope her toes are okay… A couple people ran in shorts, one guy crossed the finish line with his shirt in his hand, not on his back! I had on a heavy winter pull-over jacket, zipped up to my eyes, literally, the hood cinched down tight around my face, heavy winter gloves, and sneakers (I hate boots). I cannot understand the desire to put on next to nothing and go run in such weather. While getting ready to go, Jeff asked me to check the weather forecast. At 9 AM, one hour before the race began, it was 16 degrees F, but with the wind chill, it felt like 5 degrees F. For anyone reading this accustomed to Celcius, that’s -15 degrees C! BRRRRR!

So here is Kyle, about to cross the finish line in a final burst of speed. His official time was 27:48, which isn’t bad considering the hilly terrain and the frigid temps. It isn’t his best time, but not his worst either.

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This last picture is of “some guy” who won’t let me post his picture on my Blog. I think it is okay though since you can’t really tell who he is…
Mystery Man

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My Snow Globe

December 10, 2007

Well, my Mom created one of these snow globes to support America’s Second Harvest. Not to be left out of the fun, I also have created a snow globe. Click here to check it out.

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12 Days of Christmas A Cappella Style

December 7, 2007

Normally, I don’t post videos and such, but Jeff sent this to me and I couldn’t resist sharing. I absolutely LOVE a cappella music! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did…