Monthly Archive for February, 2010

I survived Snowmageddon and Snowmageddon 2.0

Because clearly one blizzard wasn’t enough….

My roommate's cat contemplates the extreme amount of snow piled up outside our door.

Final Snowpocalypse stats:

Inches of snow: 34.5
Total hours without power: 15.5
Total number of shoveling expeditions: 8
Number of cars pushed out of snow drifts: 3
Snow days: 4.5
Number of power outages: 3
Canceled Flights to Warmer Locales: 1

Big sigh on that last Snowmageddon stat. My flight to Guatemala for tomorrow morning was canceled not because of the snow in DC, but because of snow in Atlanta. I was highly amused when a newspaper article  describing the situation in Atlanta said that their total snow fall “is not big by Mid-Atlantic standards.” Apparently we now have street cred in the snow world after years of being mocked by the Minnesotas and Michigans of the world. Right now I’m re-booked on a Sunday flight so hopefully this one won’t fall victim to the snow gods who are clearly unhappy with us as of late. Continue reading ‘I survived Snowmageddon and Snowmageddon 2.0’

Snowpocalypse 2010

Inches of snow: 25.5
Total hours without power: 14
Total number of shoveling expeditions: 5
Number of cars pushed out of snow drifts: 3
Snow days thus far: 2.5
Number of power outages: 2

Things have been a little interesting around here lately. To say I am ready to

The cause of our multiple outages

go to Juarez is a bit of an understatement. Ship me anywhere warm! We’ve managed to lose power twice thanks to tree branches hanging over the power lines and catching on fire. One of my neighbors managed to catch this shot of the smoking power lines.   I’ve helped shove three cars out of snow drifts, spent countless hours digging out cars and sidewalks, and the best part is now we get to do it all again! Apparently we are getting another 10-20 inches tomorrow.

Roscoe the rooster is ready for more snow

On the bright side, the snow is gorgeous. My favorite shot I got of the snow mayhem was of our town mascot Roscoe the Rooster. Someone thoughtfully stuck a scarf on him to keep him warm. With the lack of Internet during the intermittent outages my roommates and I have resorted to things like conversation and board games! So aside from the cold it has been an enjoyable weekend. I’m just hoping that my flight to Guatemala on Saturday will still be able to get out. I’m ready to escape the cold for a bit.  I hope all my fellow DCites are surviving the Snowmageddon!

Still trudging along

I haven’t quite fallen off the face of the earth. The last few weeks have been really busy. Spanish has hit that point where I no longer feel my progress is making leaps and bounds. It is the point where I have learned most of the tenses and the basics of the grammar. Now I’m trying get the details under control. Just because I understand the difference between the preterite and imperfect and which words are masculine and which are feminine, doesn’t mean I can use them correctly! There seems to be a lot of me stopping mid-sentence, backing up and correcting myself. Which is necessary but frustrating. It was much more satisfying before when we’d be studying a new tense and then we’d suddenly have a whole new way to express ideas and thoughts. I also have my second test coming up which I am not to thrilled about.

In brighter and happier Spanish thoughts, in about 10 days I am going with a fabulous group of fellow Spanish sufferers to Guatemala for a 2 week immersion. I’m really looking forward to getting out there and inflicting my Spanish upon the world and to getting to someplace warmer! I also got my presidential commission, which is certificate autopenned by the president and the secretary. It’s kind of neat but the truth is it will probably wind up in a drawer with my degree and all the other bits of paper which serve to validate my existence. 😉

In theory in a little over 3 months I’ll be off to Juarez, it is amazing how quickly time goes when you’re in full-time language training.