Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Digging Out

Snowzilla, Jonas, the Blizzard of 2016 - Call it what you want, baby, but we made it out on the other side!  This snow storm was truly unlike anything I've ever seen in my 37 years.  What was craziest is that the weather folks had this storm pegged for *days* in advance.  The models held steady, the path stayed true, and the snow predictions were pretty accurate, though we had a "boom" scenario with our totals (though they called those amounts, too!).  The DC area ended up with about 2 feet of snow, and out by me we ended up with a final total of 33 inches of snow.  :-o  Yeah, I still can't believe it either, but I have pictures to prove it.  

So I teleworked on Friday because they cancelled my Commuter Bus for the day in anticipation of the storm's arrival.  Luckily my office closed at one so I was off the hook after that.  The snow didn't really start until later in the afternoon, and it took awhile to get going, but once it did...WOW.

We were legitimately snowed in until Monday.  BF shoveled a couple of times on Saturday and we shoveled more on Sunday.  My office (and all the schools, Federal Government) were closed Monday and Tuesday as well.  Some of the schools are out today, too!  At this point we are just digging out. There's so much snow that there's just nowhere for it all to go.  We basically cleared out one lane of our driveway and the other half is filled with all the snow, plus the snow we shoveled.  Our front steps are buried so I'm going in and out through the garage at this point.  

My bus ride into DC was a mess, we got stuck because of it.  Again, there's just too much snow. Some lanes are totally MIA, some turns are just buried and haven't been touched.  Bus stops are a dangerous mess because at many you get out and have to walk in the street b/c there's a huge wall of snow between you and the curb.  

We are hoping for some serious melting for the rest of the week, but mostly holding out hope for the weekend when its supposed to be 50!  Melt, snow, melt!  It was fun while it lasted, but now it's just a pain.  My park and ride lot was full of snow and many parking spaces were missing as a result. Luckily, I think many folks were still staying at home.

We did venture out briefly Monday to go to the store a couple of minutes away.  Parking there was a disaster because of all the huge piles of snow and they obviously hadn't been restocked in the last couple of days.  Beyond that, I didn't get out of the house again for real until this morning!  Rescheduled trainer last night partially because of the snow and partially because I slipped down our staircase inside and missed a couple of steps, landing very hard on my ass and jarring my back a bit. It scared the hell out of me and I was home alone (BF went into work yesterday for a few hours), but some quality time with a heating pad helped, even though I think I was supposed to use ice.  :-o

I may aim to go tonight just to get back in the swing of it.  Also, I think I finally reached my breaking point as far as being homebound.  I was glad to get out this morning and come into the office!

I did get to watch a lot of fun stuff while I was snowbound.  We watched "Straight Outta Compton", which was amazing.  I also finally watched "The Jinx", which was so weirdly compelling and crazy. I watched some Gilmore Girls, the two new episodes of "The X-Files" and a slew of other random stuff.  I also read some magazines (no books :-o), cuddled with BF and the cats and just enjoyed the craziest blizzard I've ever seen.  :-)

Anyway, time to get re-focused back on work.  Cheers to a 3 day work week!  :-)


  1. We watched about half of straight out of Compton and then both fell asleep half way through! Ha. I did love it and need to finish it. Parking is a nightmare in Baltimore. Nothing else to say about that!

  2. So I get like, a bit of ice on my car here in the morning. That's pretty much all the wintering I can handle. Glad you made it out alive! Being stuck homebound is totally different than choosing to stay in for the weekend.

  3. The snowstorm looked brutal, especially when it shuts the city down completely. Slipping on ice is truly terrifying, I'm always afraid of cracking my head open. Glad you weren't injured worse!