Archive for December 2008


December 31, 2008




December 24, 2008



December 20, 2008

It has never been so cold nor have I seen this much snow here since I have lived in Seattle proper for the last 13 years.  We got many inches of snow and ice over the last few days and the city has gone into a tail spin as a result.  I took a snow day on Thursday, but out of some sick form of obligation to get my end of the week stuff done at work, I skidded my way on downtown.  I left a little early before the darkness fell to avoid extra icy side streets on getting home, but encountered some terrible traffic.  I was wondering what could possibly make usually bad traffic so much worse when I suddenly see a bus hanging off the overpass over the freeway below with another bus smashed up against it and the guardrail.  I tried to take a picture with my phone, but I was too jittery.




Here is a better shot from the Seattle Times. 



Seattle is just not used to this kind of weather, but we better man up quickly because another snow storm is on the way today, but this time it is bringing with it some hurricane strength wind.  I thought Obama was going to save us all.  I guess we have to wait until January 20th.  Hope we make it that long.


In better news:  One of my favorite people & blogger, Becky Hambox has made the coolest advent calendar, made that much cooler by the fact that I am featured today.  Please check out her whole month (especially the 20th!) and be sure to keep checking all the way up to the big Xmas day.






December 15, 2008

I am back from fishing, which was actually a euphemism for traveling to the Midwest to visit the in-laws and being 100% overwhelmed with the holiday season. 


I do not recommend traveling with a toddler, but if you have to do it, try to fly during the off season so the odds are high the plane wont be overly full and you can hang the baby over the seat in front of you without annoying every person around you.


Wisconsin did not disappoint; we were given the gift of lovely falling snow that swirled around in the wind like glitter.  The red Cardinals and the fat Blue Jays frolicking in the snow flakes was a joyous site.  We avoided the bitter cold as much as possible by staying firmly indoors and dutifully eating a lot of cheese.  When we did go out, we put on layers of clothes and bundled up to the hilt.  


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Since Sasha & I have been together, this is the elevendieth time I have been to Wisconsin.  I have only been there once in the summer because I hate the heat, but that summer trip was actually my favorite.  We stayed in an area called the Coulee Region, which had green rolling hills filled with wild bunnies.  We slept outside in a tent during the most spectacular thunder storm.  The next day was perfectly sunny and we canoed down the black river.


The very first time I went there with Sasha was barley two months after we met.  I have mainly only been on the West coast and the East coast, so a trip to the middle of the country was exciting for me.  I had never seen such flat land and made our travel group pull over so I could get a picture of us in the corn fields.  We went to a wedding in jeans and stayed in an RV, another thing I had never done, and it was so fun.  When we drove down the desolate roads at night, we drove down the center of the road and tried desperately not to run over the hundreds of leaping bullfrogs.


 As much as I have enjoyed my visits during every season, including the spectacularly colorful fall, I feel like the only places I get to travel to these days are to Wisconsin to see Sasha’s family or to California to see my family.  I think we need to start visiting family in a place that is new to all of us.  Like, let’s all meet in Bermuda for Christmas!

December 3, 2008