white out

the snow on our balcony

I haven’t taken any proper photos of the snow because I’m deathly afraid of condensation building up in my camera and ruining my baby. I’ve heard of people placing a hand warmer around the lens or some other fancy methods that cost money, money that I don’t have and would rather spend on important people like my need to eat massive amounts of food during this snow craziness.

Also causing some craziness is my two-year-old who only attended daycare two days last week and has not had any real form of exercise in this time, aside from stomping in the snow for a few minutes, running down the aisle at 7-11 and begging us to throw him in the air. We’ve had to instill a higher level of time outs which I call the SUPERMAX TIMEOUT, meaning if he commits some offense like playing in the dish detergent, he is sent to his room. I know he’s just as stir-crazy as we had gone through all the possible activities like reading, finger-painting, and practicing Beyonce’s choreography in “Sing Ladies.” ALL THE SINGLE BABIES!

My exercise has been shoveling and salting the sidewalk twice, even clearing the path for our neighbor who told me that if parked behind our house, she would have our car towed. (Our garages face each other. Her husband can park in front of their garage, but we can’t. Yep! Merry Christmas to you, too!)

I wonder if waiting for a bus counts as exercise because that’s what I’m hoping will result from what will likely be a long commute. Seattle’s transportation system is definitely not prepared to handle this chaos. I highly respect the Metro drivers, though. I was on a 54 bus on Friday and at the first stop, a chorus of applause rang out amongst the passengers for a driver who was able to skillfully navigate West Seattle’s icy and hilly terrain and safely drop us downtown.

So, in non-snow related talk, are you done with your Christmas shopping? Are you doing anything different this year? I’ve been receiving more handmade cards and I just love it.

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  1. We still do not have presents for my father-in-law or any of our nephews. Guess who was in charge of those presents? If you guessed that it is my husband, you are correct. AARGH.

  2. Wow! Snow! So many islanders in the snow. Yet, so many of us in the sand.

    You would have received a handmade card from the Revilla’s too. But we couldn’t get our act together to take a family photo.

  3. Okay, that is too much snow to have. Too much! Surely that is violating some sort of local ordinance.

  4. I have one gift to get. I have an odd shaped thing to frame for my BIL. There’s a frame store about 6 blocks from me so I can walk there tomorrow. And hope to the baby Jesus I don’t fall and break it. That’d be SO like me.

    The novelty has worn off. I am done with snow. This is too much! Thank god for booze.

  5. Chickenbells says:

    I haven’t hardly received any cards…it’s a little strange. But, I made my holiday cards (I have been for a few years…and I love it!)

  6. As a fellow UW Alum, I feel obligated to share this link.


    I always wondered how fantastically wonderful it would be on campus if we ever had a snowy shitstorm. šŸ™‚

  7. wow. i’m kind of jealous – we have the bitter cold here, but so far no snow at all. i always like the first snow.. then, uh, i like each subsequent one less and less šŸ™‚

  8. Oh, I’m so jealous of your snow! I hope it snows again this year here, although it’s not likely (apparently last year’s light snow over Tokyo was a fluke). I am completely done with my shopping, and I finally got the last present ordered on-line last week so all of them have been sent back to the States for our families. The only thing we did this year was go cheap. šŸ™‚ Everyone just got one gift and our budget was SO much lower than last year.

  9. shirley eugist says:

    Yesterday I walked over a mile in 10 inches of snow, during which it started coming down in buckets again, to go to buy my Dad’s Christmas present. And guess what?!? Apparently the Nintendo Wii is the “Tickle Me Elmo” of 2008. Who knew? Certainly not me.

    A friend of mine gave me a ‘zine/comic card this year, entitled “Lily’s Adventures in 2008.” It was awesome, and rekindled my desire to use my IPRC membership more to make cards, ‘zines, and the like. Only problem is, where do I find the time? : (

  10. mrs. blogoway says:

    I LOVE cards and this year I have only gotten a couple… it’s sad but people are really down about the economy. I’ve talked to so many people who say they just can’t find the holiday spirit. It’s understandable when something really bad has happened to them (death, job loss, etc.) but being down just because the tv told you that you should be is dumb.

  11. The cabin fever is running rampant all over our state!

    My daughter does laps inside the house. And the dog, he is going crazy too…along with the rest of us. Sigh.

    But yes, all the shopping done. It’s on to the cookie baking tomorrow which will, consequently, increase the size of my ass by double it’s normal size. Horray!

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