Archive for January, 2009
Yesterday was the first major / biggest snowfall of the season (and also the first time I saw a snowfall that heavy in my life)! Huge clumps of snow were falling fast and hard. I think we ended up with about 4 inches!
Even though the schools got snow days, we had to work. Boo… So I brought the camera along on my commute, and got very strange looks from other commuters. Whatever. Florida native, people. Be excited.
Here is the “Dunn Loring-Merrifield” Metro platform – our starting point for the day:
(This is along my walk to/from work)
This is Bailey’s first time in the snow:
Then Mike shoveled the front walkway and we took Bailey for a walk and enjoyed the snow together…
I found out today from Rod (work buddy) that it was a mistake to shovel because we got an ice storm last night. Shoveling the snow made the ice more slick this morning. And it was VERY slick this morning! I almost fell many times.
Mike and I took the dog and the camera inside after this and went back out to have a snowball fight. I made a snow angel, and we tried to make a snowman, but the snow was too powdery. All in all, even if we didn’t get a whole snow day, our snow evening was great!
I spent the evening post-snow-playing sitting in our kitchen bay window sipping hot cocoa, reading my Bible, journaling, and then writing a letter to my mother-in-love. Best Tuesday ever.
Today we had the great fun of dealing with freezing rain. The result was ice, ice, and more ice. The roads were soooo slick. I almost fell down the outside stairs a few times just trying to go out to get the mail! The snow is melting, and that’s sad… But it’s still pretty!!
I work in downtown Washington, DC. On my .5 mile walk from the Metro station to my office, I see three timeless DC landmarks: the Capitol building, the Washington Monument, and the Jefferson Memorial. I see all this, and it still sometimes takes my breath away.
I also see the tip of the Smithsonian visitor’s center, also known as “the castle.” It used to house all of the Smithsonian museum exhibits. The Smithsonian now occupies dozens of buildings along the National Mall and elsewhere.
I also see other buildings which I now recognize as the American History museum, the Museum of Natural History, and, if I look closely enough, the Gallery of Art.
All day long I sit in a cubicle far from any window and “work.” I use quotes here because my job is so slow that I am, in fact, blogging while at work. Right now, this is all I could find to occupy my time. If only work were like… well, life. When there’s nothing left to do – just relax! But no, I come here every day, Monday through Friday, and I spend the better part of each day sitting, blogging, writing emails, checking silly websites, taking online quizzes, chatting with other people who also don’t have enough work to fill their time.
Your tax dollars at work.
And to make matters worse, it is now snowing outside. That’s right, I took a field trip to a window (- let me interrupt myself to point out just how sad that statement is : “a field trip to a window.” That is a travesty. But I digress -) to see the silent snow come fluttering to the ground. When I moved here, I thought about how cool it would be to live somewhere where it snows. Well, I might as well be working in Fiji, and the snow might as well be on Mars. If I can’t play in it, and it doesn’t cancel work, what is it good for? I can’t even watch it without taking a field trip…
And, it’s technically not even a flurry, according to weather.com. It is actual SNOW:
So, you see, I have cubicle fever, a variation of cabin fever – that very ailment which plagued Jack Nicholson in “The Shining.”
All work and no play(ing in snow) makes Laura a dull girl. And cranky.
I just hit the Refresh button on my webmail browser window and… no new emails. What now?
Jill and Michael came into town to visit us for a whole week. We explored DC all week long. Check it out:
Jill and I before a Metro ride – all bundled up for a cold day!
This is at the American History Museum in an old first-generation elevator…
Mike is so handsome – I can’t resist that guy!
I love candid pictures where I don’t look goofy…
Fake people are HI-larious! Ok, not really, but aren’t we convincing?
This is a timeline of Thomas Edison’s life, and I am pointing to the time where he was likely writing letters to my Grandpa.
Wow, houses for $13,000?? I’ll take two!!
The sunset was beautiful that night!
Jill and Michael… awww…
Still Floridians at heart!
Fuzzy, but cute! Lincoln, Jill, and me!
Ok, so on New Year’s Eve, it snowed for literally about a minute or two before the high winds blew it away. This is Jill and me experiencing the snow in our pajamas!
Jill looks like Carmen San Diego…
Jill and I just can’t go on!!
“Escalump: person who becomes a human speed bump by suddenly stopping at the top or bottom of metro escalator.”
The Capitol dome.
The ice skating rink in Reston was much dirtier and slippier than the one by the Sculpture Garden in downtown DC. This is me trying not to fall. Mike and I skated hand in hand at times, and I felt like a high schooler during “couples skate” at the rink. Except this time, I had a cute boy by my side. 😉
Michael and Mike look like they’re holding hands…haha!
We went to Cosi in Reston, where they have make your own smores. Michael likes his marshmellow burnt!
We took a two-day trip to New York City (a 4-hour road trip) on Jan 2-3, but that will have to be a separate post! Stay tuned!