Monday, December 15, 2008

Tale of A City...

...with no plows.

They said it was supposed to snow on Saturday. Everyone was talking about it. People were hunkering down. There was no milk at the grocery store. Adverse weather alerts were being sent out at work. Being a girl who grew up in Colorado, I kept thinking, "It's just a little snow, why is everybody freaking out??" I understand that not everybody knows how to drive in the snow, but it's not like we were going to get THAT much.

I'm now sitting in my house...trapped and eating humble pie (if only I'd bought some milk, it would go nicely). I woke up yesterday morning and had my sort-of-annual favorite morning - The morning you wake up and realize it has snowed for the first time that season. I LOVE those mornings. They are so beautiful and peaceful and bright. I get SO happy when it snows. To peep out the window and see everything covered in a gleaming white blanket brings delight to my soul! I began to get ready for church, then got a phone call notifying me that church was cancelled. WHAT?? Church...cancelled?? For SNOW?? These people are ridiculous.

But, it was officially a snow day which meant hours of guilt-free lounging. I laid in bed an extra hour and read my book, then transferred the lounging to the couch where my roommate and I watched endless movies on TV. It was fabulous. We braved the elements and went to pick up a pizza for lunch (gimme a was a snow day). The roads were a little slippery, but not too bad. We made it home safely and continued our lounging. I even made ribs for a late dinner. The day couldn't have gotten much better.

Today I woke up with every intention of going to work. I'd made it out yesterday right? It snowed all day yesterday, but today the sun is shining and it's clear outside. I got all bundled, got in my car, said a prayer that I'd be safe, and headed out. I got about 30 yards from my front door when I met my first (and only) obstacle - a slight hill that was a solid sheet of ice. I made my first (and only) attempt to get up it. I employed all of my I-know-how-to-drive-in-the-snow skills. I shifted to second gear when my tires started spinning, I turned into the spin that my car was starting to go into, yet I still ended up spun around and sliding sideways down the hill and into the curb. Luckily, I didn't hit the little sapling behind me or the parked car in front of me. I had to do a slow 20-point turn to get turned back in the direction of my house. I did, indeed, make it home safely, even though I didn't get far. I suppose prayers are answered in funny ways.

I'm not sure if it is the pimped out low profile tires on my new car ( read that correctly), or the below freezing temperatures, or the fact that Portland HAS NO PLOWS, or maybe it's a combination of the three. If this sort of thing happened in Colorado they would have had the streets plowed before it even stopped snowing and we'd all be on our merry little way. Here, there is just ice. Ice everywhere. Which leaves me trapped in my house. Snow day one = blissful guilt-free lounging. Snow day two = stir crazy cabin fever. I'm worried how long this will go on since there is no indication that the temperatures are rising or that they'll ever plow/salt/gravel our little hill since it's not a main road. Maybe I'll take a walk to the grocery for some milk.

Oh, and did I mention that the heat in our house isn't working? I'm currently typing this as I'm crouched next to a little space heater that is warming my room so I don't freeze to my house. If you don't hear from me for a few days, maybe you should send out a search party.


Ryan said...

I miss snow...they cancelled church one day last year out here because it snowed a tenth of an inch. I loved snow days when I was a kid and see that childlike enthusiasm in you.

The lack of heat sucks. burn books (your roommates) in a BBQ on your porch.

Andria said...

If I didn't know better I'd think you were writing about DC. This place is crazy when it comes to snow - and RAIN. I was 20 mins late to a client meeting because the slight rain caused an hour delay on 66. Sheesh!!

Good luck getting out tomorrow!

cheyney webb said...

I was so jealous through the whole post .... until you said there was no heat in your house. Can you take hot bubble baths or showers? Snow days are only cool if you can be warm and cozy.

Kirsten said...

Yeah, as you know, the East coast is like that too. No snow plows for days, or they get them all ready and waiting on the freeway and it doesn't snow after all. Good luck getting out of your house!

Tamara said...


this makes me miss the annual Portland snowfall! i wonder if this means you're in for a white Christmas!!!
enjoy the slow pace!

Buschfest said...

It has been FREEZING here too. Yesterday, I walked Mya to school in 15 BELOW ZERO! (She is in Kindergarten, so no curbside drop offs...she has to be walked right to class.) It was pure misery, except as we crossed the side walk, I noticed my friend from church was the poor crossing gaurd volunteer! So I had to stop complaining. :)