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Subject: You will understand...
Date Posted: 12/18/2009 7:11 AM ET
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Okay, so I check the weather this morning: MAJOR snowstorm headed our way here!  I'm leaving in about 20  min. to run to my daughter's (4 hour drive one way) to pick her up and bring her home until after New Year's.  We should make it back here just as the storm warning goes into effect.  They're predicting 10" tonight and another 10" tomorrow!  I'm so excited!  All bets are off, I can't run around, my cards are just going out late because of the snow!  And I can curl up on the couch and READ!! 

The only thing that would make it better is if my other dd could come home this weekend too, but she won't get here until the 23rd.

So here I am, excited about all this snow dumping on us because I will have a guilt-free reading weekend! ;)

Date Posted: 12/18/2009 7:27 AM ET
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Oh yeah, I totally understand. I love rainy days b/c I feel like it's a great excuse to brew a big pot of coffee and camp out on the couch with a blanket and a book!

(Of course, I confess that I try to do that for an hour every afternoon. I'm a stay-at-home mom, and my daily motivation is to accomplish whatever is on my daily to-do list by 2pm, so I can read for an hour before I pick up my son from school! There's something something extra special about reading when no one else is home...the silence is golden!)



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Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 12/18/2009 7:55 AM ET
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Vicky, where in WV are you? I will have to check our weather for here.

I would love to get 20inchs of snow and be able to sit at home all weekend!!!  A guilt free weekend to read would be a wonderful christmas present!!!

ETA: We are only suppose to get 6inches between now and Sunday. Oh well, it is better than nothing, lol. Looks like DH and  I will be shopping this afternoon, so we dont have to worry about the last of our shopping.



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Date Posted: 12/18/2009 8:05 AM ET
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Arika, similarly, I get all my daily chores done by noon so I have the afternoon and evening to read.  Ahh, one of the advantages of being an emptynester!  :)



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Date Posted: 12/18/2009 4:06 PM ET
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For some add reason I thought it would be good to host a holiday party Saturday nighf. So instead of curling up with a Dorothy Dunnetts I will be cooking and cleaning. Oh well once a year it is fun.  Lots of book lovers coming to chat about new books with.

Alice

Date Posted: 12/18/2009 4:18 PM ET
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Drive carefully, and enjoy! I *definitely* understand :)

Date Posted: 12/18/2009 6:55 PM ET
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Vicky, where in WV are you?

We're about 7 miles from Snowshoe, in a little place called Mace.  Our home is at an elevation of about 3100 ft., so we get lots of snow and wind when storms hit.  They're calling for a total of 26" now!  I'm beat tonight, but tomorrow, by noon, I will have my house cleaned up and vacuumed, and the rest of the presents wrapped.  Then...aahhhh....curling up on the couch!  I wish you could all come enjoy it with me!

Date Posted: 12/18/2009 7:20 PM ET
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I live in Washington, DC where people do NOT know how to handle snow and current estimates put us at 12-18" by Sunday.  I'm from Chicago, so this kind of accumulation doesn't freak me out, but like I said, in DC it's equivalent to an apocalypse.  Might be interesting.  Either way, I've got a huge load of books to keep me company :)

Date Posted: 12/18/2009 8:02 PM ET
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Erika, I know what you mean.  I grew up in Michigan (yeah...I know snow!) and when I lived in Denver, the people would get freaked out by 2" of snow. My neighbors would ask me to pick up milk and bread, because they knew I would go out and drive in the snow!  One year, ('81 or '82) on a Christmas Eve, we got 30" in 24 hours.  It paralyzed Denver for weeks; the city had two working snow plows.  Craziness!

Date Posted: 12/18/2009 8:38 PM ET
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Yeah that's really my only concern is that since it doesn't snow here often, we have a very very limited snow removal program.  Plowing is ridiculously slow for that reason.  DC has already declared a state of emergency and it's not even snowing yet!

Date Posted: 12/18/2009 9:31 PM ET
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Vicky, I'm about 5 hours away. I'll see you Sunday. What's for supper?

;-)

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Date Posted: 12/18/2009 10:48 PM ET
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Genie, I am only 3 hours from Vicky so I will meet you there. ;)



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Date Posted: 12/19/2009 3:19 AM ET
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I don't understand. I grew up in Canada but now I live in Phoenix.  Man, do I miss the snow.

Josie

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 7:36 AM ET
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Genie, if you and polbio can make it here and up my driveway, I'll feed you Sunday dinner!  I'm thinking about boneless country ribs in the slow cooker.  In fact, my other dd is coming home from WVU on the 23rd, so polbio could always hitch a ride with her!  ;)

That is, if ANYONE can get up our driveway by then!  DH and I are seriously talking about meeting her part way and driving her in.  She has a little Chevy Cavalier.  I have a Subaru Forester with all wheel drive, and ice gripper tires with studs in them. 

We measured the snow on the back deck (13 inches) but I think it's 15 inches in the yard.  Snowshoe reported 17 inches snowfall.  They're now calling for another 18 inches by Sunday!  I'm not going anywhere....

Josie, put some snow on your WL and I'll post it directly to you! 



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Date Posted: 12/19/2009 7:54 AM ET
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I'm in No. VA just outside DC  and have to admit I'm one of the people Erika's talking about: I get totally freaked out by snow.  I grew up in extremely warm climes and am just not used to the white stuff.  I've got better though but this weekend's amounts are something else!   Does look awfully pretty outside right now.

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 9:39 AM ET
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Vicky, I was in Denver the year they got all that snow - I believe it was '81. I had to put on my cross country skis and ski to the 7-11 for milk! I was raised in Michigan and this was a real shock to me. Denver actually used all large trucks (like garbage trucks) to flatten down snow on the streets. All that caused was ruts that were practically unmanageable for weeks afterward. With the exception of a couple years in Florida, I've lived in snow country all of my life - now I'm in Tucson and just loving it! I don't have to stock up on groceries etc. in preparation for a blizzard!:P

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 10:32 AM ET
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Jeanne, what a small world!  Oh, those ruts.  We lived in Aurora (ex-DH worked at Stapleton) and people on our street were out with spades, trying to clear the road!  We didn't have a plow come down our road until mid-Janauary, IIRC.  Luckily I was a stay-at-home mom at the time, and didn't have to go anywhere.  I remember the flap when Mayor McNickol (sp?) had the McNickol's Arena plowed out first..LOL.  I believe that lost him his re-election. *eye roll*

I'm glad you love Tucson.  Even though we're up to at least 18 inches now....I still love snow.  It's just beautiful.  There's no wind, so it's just coming down very peacefully.  And fast. ;)

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 10:59 AM ET
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I envy you the snow.  I'm in Chicago and have been waiting for a good snow, right now we have half an inch of slush, that's it.  They said maybe an inch or so today, but it's half coming down as rain so...I'm not holding my breath.

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Date Posted: 12/19/2009 11:57 AM ET
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You would think Denver would be use to snow!! In Maine, the roads are cleared as soon as it snows. PA always took a few days. THis is our first big snow storm here in WV.

Vicky, we have a beast of a pick  up truck with four wheel drive. We should be fine, lol. We have about 6 inches so far but some of the main roads are plowed so hopefully you dd will  be ok getting home. My dd is suppose to have a dance at the High School tonight. She is hoping they wont cancel, but i would imagine they probably will.

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 12:13 PM ET
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Even here in Minnesota where we gets lots of snow every year, folks forget how to drive for the first couple of times we get any accumulation.  Once we get the salt and sand on the roads and everyone relearns their winter driving skills things are pretty good.  What you can't control is the wind, if that picks up the visibility goes to near zero and no one can get around

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 1:53 PM ET
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Vicky, it's an even smaller world than you think - I also grew up in Michigan and I also lived in Aurora, Co.!!

Diane - be careful what you wish for. I lived in Oswego, Illinois and worked in Chicago. You know you're going to get hammered before long! The snow storms and the winds off the lake - OMG!!

and Kat - yeah, Denverites are used to snow - after the first couple storms! It's the mountain folks in Colorado who REALLY know snow! There's nothing like driving the mountains in the middle of a blizzard!

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 3:18 PM ET
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Oh goodness.  I was scheduled to work at B&N this morning and when I woke up, buses were running so I went to work.  However, the snow kept coming down and the roads very very quickly became a total wreck.  We decided to close at 12:30, but the buses stopped running.  So I had to walk a mile and a half back home uphill with the snow driving into my eyes.  I finally got home an hour later, caked in snow and freezing.  I had been reading The Condition, but 45 pages in, I am totally disinterested and bored.  So I'm giving up and switching to something else.

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 3:30 PM ET
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Yes, Chicago has its share of storms, most years anyway.  I love the snow, I don't even mind shoveling it.  Last winter we had a decent amount, but the couple of years before that it seems like we missed every single storm--which most people were happy about.  I'm not saying I want dangerous weather than puts lives at risk, but I DO want to have snow in the winter!  Well, it's early yet--I'm sure we'll have our turn.

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 4:31 PM ET
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I am envious of those of you snowed in!  Unfortunately, we are not.  I'm hoping we get more snow here in MN before Christmas.  The ground is covered where I am, but I think a few more inches of white fluff would be nice! 

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 6:56 PM ET
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I'm thinking about boneless country ribs in the slow cooker.

Oh, man. Count on it! Even if I have to walk.

So I had to walk a mile and a half back home uphill with the snow driving into my eyes.

You younguns just don't know hardship. Why, I walked 10 miles to school uphill - both ways - in 10 inches of snow. Even in Spring. Builds character.

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