As all of you located in the Midwest know, the past few days have been nothing but snow. It started on Monday night--although it held off long enough that I still had to go to class! By Tuesday morning, Ben had to dig himself out of the driveway, and the roads were bad enough that he felt the need to take the Jeep with its 4-wheel drive to work, thus stranding Brynie and me at home, since Iris the Honda Insight has no backseat and thus cannot have a carseat. But never fear, Ben was back home about three hours later, since so few people had showed up for work that those who were there got sent home. Nice. His company was a little more efficient on Wednesday, when he received a call from his boss at 6:00 a.m. telling him that work was cancelled and he should just stay home. "Best Valentine's Day ever!!" he exclaimed, right before falling back asleep for about four hours.
As of right now, I have not left the house in 60 hours. Yesterday the roads were so bad that most counties issued emergency weather conditions, meaning that no one was allowed to be out driving on the roads unless it was an absolute emergency. To keep from going completely stir crazy, we had two sets of neighbors over to visit yesterday, and I baked some Valentine's cookies to keep myself busy. Beyond that, we watched a lot of DVDs, worked on craft projects, read, and tried to neutralize the fussy Bryn. Ben is at work today, although he said it took him a long time to get there, and I hope to be brave enough to venture out to the grocery store at some point, as we are running dangerously low on Bryn-friendly foods.
This picture should give you an idea of the amount of snow we got. It was 18 inches and deeper in some places. As you can see, our neighbor across the street was extremely vigilant about shoveling his driveway.... he was out there about every half hour for the entire ordeal, exclaiming that winter is his favorite season and that he LOVES to shovel. As I said, Ben dug us out on Monday morning, so everything you see here accumulated after that. I realize you can't tell from the picture, but you are looking straight at our driveway. Ben had some very sore muscles after freeing us from this mess!
This picture is so funny to us that I just had to post it, although I realize that it would be funnier to all of you if I had a "before" shot as well. Look at the two pieces of wood sticking out of the snowdrift. Those are the full-length broomstick arms of a human-sized snowman that was sitting on top of our neighbors' picnic table. We think it looks like the snowman is drowning. As you can tell, the snow was pretty deep! Melissa, Rob, aren't you glad you're not here??