Monday, February 21, 2011

- Snow Day

I am currently surviving my first midwest snowstorm.  The biggest February snowstorm in these parts since 1967.  Minneapolis has declared a snow emergency for the record 8th time this season - which really only means something about what side of the street you can park on to allow for snow plows which is all blah blah blah to me because I have underground parking.  Anyways, it started snowing around 10AM yesterday...and it didn't stop.  It still hasn't stopped.

Last week temperatures here got almost as high as 50 and stayed that way for several days allowing a lot of snow to melt.  Emma and I actually found grass on our walks and I'm pretty sure she had totally forgotten what it was or what to do on it since she peed in the middle of the street instead of on the grass.  People got excited.  They started throwing the word "Spring" around.  Even people native to this area got caught up in the madness, and I feel like they should have known better.  Because people we live in Minneapolis...Old Man Winter might have taken a break, but he's going to rage on.  Probably until May.

But seriously, thank goodness the snow melted because we would be absolutely buried if it hadn't.  I have no idea where all of this snow would go.  The sidewalks in my complex were completely clear and now there are 3 foot high snow drifts stacked up from all the plows.

And let's just take a moment to really drive home the differences between MN and NC.  This much snow would have shut Raleigh down for at least a week.  This morning, while it was still snowing, I called the building hot line for General Mills and got this recording: "All Minneapolis branches are open for regularly scheduled business".  So I went to work - although I waited until like 9 because I didn't want to be in traffic and I wanted to give the plows as much time to do their thing as I could.  And I left at 3:30 to avoid being in any kind of traffic again.

To ease my Mother's worried mind - I did not have to go to work.  I received emails from my director and manager saying to only drive if I felt comfortable doing so, and both encouraged me to work from home.  But, I didn't bring my work computer home with me this weekend and there were things I needed to do in the lab.  Plus being there allowed for a really great impromptu meeting with my supervisor.  I'll just end this up by saying 2 things: I'm not sure, but I think that this snowfall beats out the 15 inches Wilmington got in Christmas 1989 to be the biggest snowfall I've ever witnessed, and I am awesome at my job...like really awesome.  Snow day or not.

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