Interstellar Adventures

December 7, 2005

Cross Your Fingers…

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:45 am

Please be sure to mark your location on my Frappr map.

And hope that it snows today! The only bad part? It’s supposed to start with a drizzle and then a ‘light wintery mix’ before it turns to snow around 8 pm. If it does all this, Dallas will virtually shut down. And I’ll get a day off to stay home. A few idiots in their trucks will speed down the highway and cause several wrecks, and soccer moms in their SUVs will dent a few more bumpers.

But me? I did my shopping last night. I’m stocked with baking supplies, food supplies, and knitting supplies. My outdoor pipes are wrapped. (Thanks Nick!) I’m happy to stay at home where it’s nice and warm. Play outside with my kiddos for a bit, then bring them back in to warm them up with hot chocolate. Let them watch a few movies while I knit Elle a new hat and mittens for her new coat.

I love snow. We don’t get it often. And when we do, it’s gone within 24-48 hours. But when it first starts to fall, it’s beautiful. I love to look outside when the snow is still fresh and no one has driven on it or walked through it. Everything is blanketed and clean and perfect.

When I was a kid, my girlfriends and I would watch the weather report like hawks. Once we determined that school was closed, we’d phone each other and plan our ‘snow day’. One of my girlfriends lived on a cul-de-sac, so that’s where we would meet. We’d don our jeans, sweaters, jean jackets and our oldest, most worn down pair of Keds, then slip and slide our way over to her house. There, we would ‘ice skate’ around the cul-de-sac until we were nearly frozen. By then, her mom would have the pizza and brownies ready, and we’d play games in her room or watch MTV (back when they actually played music videos) or do silly things that silly girls do.

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16 Comments »

  1. I lived in Houston for 7 years. We only once got a dusting. It snows in Dallas!

    Thanks for staying in touch and for your kind and supportive words.

    Comment by colleen — December 7, 2005 @ 9:17 am |Reply

  2. I love snow days – as long as I can stay home! My fondest memories are when it would snow and my mom would bake sugar cookies while my brother and I would go sledding (we had an awesome backyard with a steep slope). When we got inside she’d help us ice the cookies and we’d eat them for dessert at dinner while regaling our dad with stories of our day.

    Comment by JustCara — December 7, 2005 @ 9:19 am |Reply

  3. I had a really good comment and your site gave me an error. Grrr.. not typing it again.. mainly ’cause I can’t remember it…

    Comment by FTS — December 7, 2005 @ 9:37 am |Reply

  4. Sounds like a perfectly lovely day in the works! We’re supposed to get snow tonight too. But it would have to be several feet of snow before anything shuts down.

    I used to love MTV…why don’t they play videos anymore?

    Comment by Carnealian — December 7, 2005 @ 9:41 am |Reply

  5. I’ve lived in Houston most of my life, I don’t even count what we get as snow. In 1989 we got about 2 inches and it lasted long enough for us to get a few pics before it melted away. Last Christmas we got a tiny weeny bit. I have never had a snow day.. neither have my kids. I hope like heck it doesn’t get that cold and snow down here. I can’t stand cold weather! It’s one of the reasons I love living in south Texas!

    Comment by Texas_Ivy10 — December 7, 2005 @ 10:11 am |Reply

  6. Hey Lass, I lived in Carrollton for 3 years. 97-2000. I was a Project Manager/Inside Sales for Texas Electrical Supply. I remember the slush storms and 30 minute, 7-mile commute. I got on I35 at Trinity Mills, off at Walnut Hill, my office was right off the Manana exit. I reported I don’t know how many accidents right there where the highways merge just before the mixmaster. I used to buy gas in Plano, because you could count on clean potties.
    I used to watch MTV in the 80’s too. Now on Tuesdays I sometimes tune in VH1 and I love the 80’s or Tuesday Twoplay and inflict the kids to the “oldies” as I cook dinner. I totally thought I was going to marry Corey Hart or Simon LaBon.

    Comment by sallwood — December 7, 2005 @ 10:35 am |Reply

  7. I have heard stories that a single inch can close the highways of Texas. Here, we consider an inch a minor inconvenience and just go about our lives. Of course, it takes about a week for people to remember their winter driving skills, and there are always accidents, but that is to be expected when there is an inch of snowpack that is as slick as ice and that the road crew never seems to be able to get off.

    My car really isn’t made for snow driving. Give me a warm day and a highway and we can go for hours, no prob. Give me snow, and we can still go for hours, just not as far. If you do have to drive just remember to slow down, and to start using your breaks about twice as far as usual from your normal driving. And pump them, don’t slam them. When you try to start moving, don’t spin your tires . . . low gear and slow power works better.

    Ok, that’s enough. Hope you survive the “storm.”

    Comment by Coyote Mike — December 7, 2005 @ 11:05 am |Reply

  8. i remember when mtv used to play videos too!!!
    we have snow here, not today, but we will, all winter long. i love it when it’s fresh and i don’t have to go anywhere.

    (thanks for the note on the gingerbread, i would have been trying to roll it out!!! here’s my e-mail in case you weren’t planning on posting it, jem2312@rogers.com)

    Comment by Better Safe Than Sorry — December 7, 2005 @ 11:45 am |Reply

  9. Sometimes if there’s even a threat of snow in the afternoon, they will let schools out early here.

    Did you have an Easy Bake Oven?

    Ding!

    Comment by Bone — December 7, 2005 @ 11:50 am |Reply

  10. Sounds like you have a wonderful day going for you!

    Comment by SquashedToad — December 7, 2005 @ 12:24 pm |Reply

  11. Keeping fingers crossed for snow in Dallas!

    We’re supposed to get it here tomorrow, just in time for the in-laws to arrive at the airport. Heh heh. I’d be more excited, ‘cept it’s supposed to hit in the afternoon and it’s my carpool day. Sigh….

    Comment by Lucinda — December 7, 2005 @ 3:38 pm |Reply

  12. My kids got a “snow day” today. I have fond memories like yours from when I was a kid. Boys tend to do similar things but leave a much bigger mess (than I remember anyway!)

    Comment by abbynormal — December 7, 2005 @ 5:07 pm |Reply

  13. I love those childhood memories–especially the “Skating”.

    You are well prepared–warm with cocoa is a good way to be 🙂

    Comment by Running2Ks — December 7, 2005 @ 11:23 pm |Reply

  14. It was great when you had days off school due to the snow. I love seeing fresh snow too. A few weeks ago when we had a scattering of snow the school kidddies had built lots of snowmen on their playground, it took me back 😉

    Comment by The Wisdom of Wislon — December 8, 2005 @ 3:05 am |Reply

  15. There was a time in my life when I liked the white stuff. Sadly, those days are far behind. Last year it seemed like it snowed almost everyday. If you ever have a bad “snowjones”, let me know and I’ll send you down a box… 😉

    ~michaelm

    Comment by michaelm — December 8, 2005 @ 7:21 am |Reply

  16. Still no snow???? awwww…

    Ours is all gone now anyway… and wont return til well into the New Year.. *weeps*

    I did as I was told… I Frapped myself…

    Comment by Carol-anne — December 8, 2005 @ 1:09 pm |Reply


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