Snow Day!

Those words used to bring joy to my heart when I was teaching. (What? You didn’t think teachers enjoyed snow days too?) After growing up in Iowa, we’ve lived in a number of very snowy places–Minneapolis, Denver, Sheridan Wyoming and Park City Utah to name a few. I still remember the Thanksgiving weekend in Utah when we received 5 mortal FEET of the white stuff. We had to get the snowblowers (yep, we had two of them!) every hour on the hour to avoid being buried and totally housebound.

It was actually kind of fun.

But I confess I’m not looking forward to the record breaking storm that’s supposedly heading to Boston tomorrow. For one thing, snow in New England isn’t the fluffy powder we got out West. It’s wet and heavy and feels ever so much colder because of the moisture content.

Even that wouldn’t be insurmountable because we live in a condo now and don’t have to shovel. We’re close enough to pubic transit not to even need to drive unless we want to. I can prepare for the whiteouts and the 60 mile an hour winds that accompany a nor’easter. We can hunker down and stay warm and eat food that doesn’t need to be cooked if we lose power.

But I’m worried. You see, we aren’t able to all be safe and sound when the snow starts falling. My DH has been in California for work all week and he will be flying home tomorrow . . . into the storm. He tried to rebook the red-eye for tonight, but all the planes are going out full. So he’ll start back tomorrow morning and hopefully (please, God!) arrive at Logan at 5:00PM. That will be after the snow has started falling sideways, but before it’s supposed to really get going around 7 Friday night.

So to take my mind off the gauntlet he’ll be running, I hope you’ll share your storm stories with me. What’s the worst blizzard you’ve been in? How did you prepare? Do you have any special snowday activities you enjoy?

I’ll keep you updated on the DH’s progress throughout the day!

9 thoughts on “Snow Day!

  1. Mia Marlowe says:

    Well, he finally got home last night after trying since Friday morning. It’s legal to drive in Boston now, but he took a cab home from the airport so I wouldn’t have to get out. Not that I’m not a terrific driver, but I have been known to wrap a car around a light pole during ice storms.

  2. Marcy W says:

    Fun story, Nynke, and Mia,too … stories of strangers being given loving care by other strangers always warms my heart. Mia, I’ll be hoping for a similar story from your DH once he makes it home . . . sending angels to help.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Well, it’s Saturday morning and the DH just called from Charlotte. He was able to get a hotel room so he can get some sleep today and will try to fly home this evening.

      Then once he gets to Logan Airport, we’ll see if the driving ban has been lifted or the T is back in operation so he can get home!

      1. Nynke says:

        Ooh, a hotel room! That’s nice… Keeping my fingers crossed for the remainder of the trip!

  3. Nynke says:

    I read the update first… But I’m up-to-date now, and even though I live in a wet, moderate-climed country (the Netherlands), I do have a blizzard story to tell!

    I happened in November 2005, when my sister and me had traveled by train to Belgium to visit relatives. On the way back at the end of the day (distances are short in our part of Europe), we got caught in the blizzard – not that we were roughly snowed upon, but more and more trains were canceled as we neared the border. We did manage to get back to the Netherlands, and then cought one train to the next large station, but that was it… We were a hundred miles from the closest of our homes, road traffic was clogging up as well, and it didn’t seem like there would be any more trains that day. We prepared for a long, cold wait in the increasingly full, yet less and less hospitable hall of Breda station. We were not looking forward to staying there all night, cold and hungry, as the shops closed down for the blizzard.

    And then, help came: a bus picked us up and delivered us to town hall, where we got warm drinks and snacks, as well as words of welcome from the mayor. And the best thing was: they would actually put us up in a hotel! Some strangers had to share rooms, but my sister and me were perfectly happy sharing a nice, warm bed :)

    We even got a free breakfast the following morning, and were driven back to the train station, where everything went on more or less as normal. All in all, it was a bit of an adventure, and it was one of those calamities where strangers get friendly and there’s a sense of togetherness. I definitely wish that for your DH, as well!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Lovely story, Nynke! My DH’s brother’s family had a similar travel experience. When blizzards hit in the midwest, the interstate highways are shut down so no one gets stranded on the road. However, if the hotels are all full, you can still be stranded in town. Except this particular Christmas, one of the churches opened its doors and all the stranded travelers slept on the padded pews and were served a pancake breakfast the next snowy morning. There may have been “no room at the inn,” but their accomodations and company were several steps up from a stable!

      1. Nynke says:

        Wow, at Christmas! And I love the pancakes :)

  4. Nynke says:

    Oww, that must be disappointing! And frustrating! I hope it won’t take too long for him to get home. Positive thoughts for you both!

  5. Mia Marlowe says:

    Ok, here’s my first storm update. Boston is shutting down in advance of the nor’easter. Flights to Logan (including the one my DH was supposed to be on) have been cancelled. The T is closing at 3:30 this afternoon and the politicians are threatening to issue “no drive” orders as the city hunkers down for the big dump of snow.

    My daughter and the puppies and I are warm and safe (though if we get 2 feet of snow poor Prince Harry is so screwed. His legs are only 4 inches long, you know!)

    My DH is planning to take the red-eye to Charlotte tonight. Then he’ll wait all day Saturday in the airport, hoping to be able to complete the trip to Boston on Saturday night. I’m thinking he’ll be stuck in NC longer than that, but I know I should think positive thoughts. I just want him to be safe.

    If YOU are in the path of the storm, take precautions, my friend.

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