Lessons in Ice Storms

Seattle is experiencing what is being called an “Arctic Blast”.  We’ve had snow and freezing temperatures for the last few days.  Granted, temperatures in the teens and low twenties might seem wimpy to many of you (and I’ve never denied being a Weather Wimp) but it’s pretty darn cold for us!  We are currently on another storm watch and expect to be dumped on with snow overnight.  (Although they are saying that may not happen after all, so who knows) 

I’ve had plans to use this week to get the rest of my shopping and errands done, but I abruptly changed them to cowering at home when our first snow came.  Of course, I had to whine about not being able to get anything done…

You’d think that my Beloved would volunteer to do all the running around for me, but that didn’t really work for him.  (I don’t know why, I would do it for him if the roles were reversed!)

Shaun did, however, call home on his way to work this morning and reported in that the roads were a smidgen icy, but otherwise fine.   He gently assured me that I would have no problems at all if I chose to  venture out.  (Of course, I haven’t forgotten that the last time he told me that, my van started sliding down our icy hill sideways and there was absolutely nothing I could do about it.  Mimi is still traumatized enough to insist on walking to the bus stop instead of bumming a ride.)

I took a deep breath and managed to convince myself to venture out.  I have to admit that it was a piece of cake.  I actually learned a lot today. It turns out that a Jeep handles ice beautifully. (I’m still a little bummed out that I didn’t need to use my Four Wheel Drive.   Of course I used it for a little bit anyways!)

When I reached for my customary pop to drive with, I was mildly surprised to find that it wouldn’t come out of the can. It had never occurred to me that it wasn’t such a good idea to keep my carton of them in there at this time of year.  Oh, and it’s not such a great idea to accidentally forget a bunch of bananas in the car.  I guess I’ll be making some banana bread with my black beauties. 

I’ve learned that a pair of ugly work gloves that my dad lent me a couple weeks ago can be priceless when you are trying to hold onto an icicle disguised as a steering wheel.  Also, treasures are to be found when you dig you winter coat out of the bottom of the closet.  Treasures totaling to $40.78!

Temperature is relative.  I came outside of the grocery store and thought to myself that it had really warmed up considerably.  When I got in the car I noted that it had warmed up….all the way to thirty two degrees!

Speaking of the grocery store, I know from movies and books that when a storm is predicted, it’s expected to run and stock up on the basic necessities.  Only…they never say what those necessities are.  I’ve learned that I have a very strange idea on what we should be stocking up on. 

As I started hauled my loot in the house, the girls looked at me in astonishment.  As I pulled each item out of the they kept asking me why I bought it as it was so out of character for me.  I ended up with, among other things, two jugs of milk, two loafs of bread, three bags of chips (I never buy chips), some bagels and cream cheese, crackers, some frozen burritos and a bag of potatoes.  Um….yeah. 

As far as the rest of our winter storms go…I say bring it on, I know how to deal with it now!

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