12.11.2007

Ice, ice, baby

Now it's a well-known fact that I think winter is one of the cruelest things mankind must deal with each year. OK, one of the cruelest things us northerners must deal with ... And this year I'm especially not liking it.

We've had snow dumped on us almost daily, starting on Thanksgiving Eve. We're only 11 days into December and I'm already fed up with shoveling. I'm ready to chuck my shovel at the snow plow every time I see it putting up yet another barricade at the end of our driveway ...

And now our region is in the midst of a life-altering ice storm. Though we don't have it near as bad here as parts of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, Kates' school was shut down this morning ...

Tonight, I went out to try shaving some of the ice from our driveway and sidewalks. Yeah. I was back inside within about 20 minutes. It was hopeless ... And once again the snowplow had come through, clogging up the end of our driveway with -- no, not powdery snow this time -- millions of pellet-sized ice crystals that are now, yes, frozen solid. We now have a three-foot speed bump at the end of our driveway ...

To make matters more interesting, I got this text from my good friend Tom in Kansas City around 8:30 last night ...

"... Who wants to have a baby tonight besides me? :) It's an ice storm situation here, so after the water broke we made the trek 2 beat the weather. I have a cold ... "
Nice.

Turns out everything went fine, and Kates and I have yet another birth to celebrate. They're popping out so fast lately we can hardly keep up ... Tom and Dionna (who need to update their blog!) had a boy, Kieran, around 7 tonight.

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UPDATE 01.22.08: Here's some amazing photos from the ice storm that hit my alma mater. It damaged about 40 percent of the campus's renowned arboretum.

1 comment:

E&K said...

Wow...Tom has a baby! Congrats to him...is he in KC now?