It has been termed the Snowpocalypse, Snowmageddon, The Blizzard of 2010! Whatever you call it, it has been the most snow I have ever seen in my life! And the most days in a row our lives have been interrupted due to weather. Unbelievable! It is hard to explain just how much snow we got. Ok, yes, the first storm gave us about 26 inches. The blizzard yesterday gave us another foot or so. It is easy to give you numbers. But to truly understand how much snow this is, you have to be here.
The first storm started on Friday. Schools closed early (or didn’t even open at all). Offices closed early. Everyone was in a rush to get home. And those that did not get into the hype early in the week were forced to go to grocery stores with empty shelves, 2 hour lines, and chaos. Thankfully I had been to the store on Wednesday before everyone went crazy, so I had stocked up a bit. I did go again on Thursday afternoon for a few missed items, and even then it was too much to deal with.
So with pre-made pizza crusts and a new Netflix movie (gotta love Shaun the Sheep), we hunkered down. Saturday morning we awoke to a winter wonderland, and it was still snowing! Let the fun begin.
Things were going well. Jeremy helped the kids build forts, and I was busy getting things done. I got chicken into the slow cooker to make delicious taco meat for dinner. I had made cookie dough, and it was chilling in the fridge. Laundry was going since I was still a bit behind from our dryer breaking the weekend before. All was well. The kids were having fun. We were stuck inside but enjoying ourselves. Then the unexpected happened at 2:15pm… We lost power!
You’re probably wondering why we wouldn’t expect to lose power during a major storm. The truth is that we rarely lose power at our house. We’re so close to Walter Reed Annex and major road intersections that we just assumed our circuit was strong. So when it went out on Saturday, we just waited patiently for it to come back on, thinking it would be a short wait. We were wrong. In preparation for a departure, Jeremy headed outside to start shoveling the car out.
After waiting for 3 hours for the power to come back on, we determined it was best to leave. The temperature in the house had dropped 2 degrees every hour, and with the impending sunset, we knew it would only get worse. We had not prepared by purchasing firewood, so there was no way to get heat into the house until power was restored. Thankfully, Jeremy’s sister still had power at her condo, so we drove the 2 miles to her house to get warm, cook her a delicious taco dinner (salvaged from the slow cooker at our house) and some warm chocolate chip cookies.
This is still not the end of the story or the adventure, though. Stay tuned for Adventures of the Snowpocalypse Part 2.