Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
We certainly never went fast enough for the "snowhawk" to blow off the car.
Luckily we didn't stay too long in Truckee, or we too would have been stuck on I-80 when it closed.
On the plus side, it's easy to find me in this hat and the hanging pom pons fly behind me in the wind. The downside? It's really not that warm.
This is the (amazing) view we had from the house our friends had rented. It overlooked some of the trails of Diamond Peak, right down the hill. The banister of this balcony had been cleared off right before we arrived. About 6-7" fell as we arrived and over Thursday night.
By Sunday morning, the snow had accelerated a bit. Reports said the area received about 30" over the weekend. The thing is, it's not that unusual around there. The "chains required" signs are everywhere and the requirement seems to be in effect all winter. We were just glad we decided to buy a Subaru instead of anything else - AWD vehicles are exempt from the chain requirement (which is in fact enforced via checkpoints).
It certainly made for a challenging drive home. What I hear is a 3-4 hour drive took 8, 4-5 of which was in whiteout conditions and after a few u-turns for a closed-then-opened road. We were the lucky ones; our friends left 30 minutes after us and when we arrived home, they were idling with hundreds of other cars on a closed interstate, near the top of Donner Pass. They arrived home 5 hours after us.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
We hope to see this pair more often! In fact, I passed Lisa's husband on the street last week. Love this city!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
So, in addition to the other noises, the smoke alarm of course starts beeping as Matt & I assess the situation. The flames went out pretty much on their own and eventually my heart beat slowed.
If only we had a landlord to call to get it fixed! Definitely a downside to buying a home.
The real issue was, what will I eat for dinner? What will we eat from now until the new kitchen? Basically, for the forseeable future, we'll enjoy salads and/or microwavable meals. On the other hand, isn't this why we have a slow cooker?
It wasn't the easiest action, however, as I guess the DMV's portal into the registry of voters is not all that seamless. My change of address via CA's DMV website in November did not translate into an update of the registry of voters. Hopefully my pink envelope of address change will get counted.
Monday, February 4, 2008
The weekend stayed busy as we hosted friends for the game. To enhance everyone's comfort and viewing ability, Matt, Brian and Ambi moved the TV and couch from the den into the dining room. Brian again provided the grub - oxtail chili, ribs and coleslaw, all of which was a huge hit.
The men went with the old fashioned game of bottle cap toss.
The gals opted for wine (and a nap) by the fire. Notice the existing snow drifts.
Saturday it snowed all day. The road is its own manmade valley.
As this is not our only ski trip this month, Matt & I opted to go snowshoeing. Bear Valley Cross Country has an amazing cluster of trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as a sledding hill and a tubing hill. We were thinking about tubing until we saw that the hill was probably smaller than what we sledded as kids.
The trails were pretty busy - Team In Training had an event going on and there were very skilled XC skiers out and about. I didn't actually see anyone else on snowshoes, but we were tolerated as long as we didn't mess up the tracks.
The snow continued to fall the rest of the day, into the night and the next morning. When we got up to leave (had to get home in time for our Super Bowl party), we had to free the car from 2 feet of fresh snow. Walking to the car, I sank to my hips in the stuff. To imagine the first 2 hours of our drive home, stare at a white piece of paper. That's all we could see.