Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ice, ice baby

Since I don't have a digital camera here in KY you won't be getting any pictures, but I think you'll get the idea anyway.

Over the weekend I went home for my mom's birthday and had trouble deciding whether to drive back to Lexington on Monday or Tuesday. I checked my email and had received one from my roommate saying that Lexington was supposed to get a big snow/ice storm starting on Monday night and going into Tuesday. I still wasn't sure what to do so I hemmed and hawed and finally decided to drive back on Monday. Well, sure enough we did get a big snow storm. It was big enough that school was cancelled Monday through Friday! I'm currently working as a substitute teacher, so I haven't been at work at all this week. I could have stayed in Columbus, if only I had known.

I decided to stray out today and try to scrape off my car. It didn't work out so well. On Monday I had thought about bringing my ice scraper into the apartment, but decided to leave it in the car. That was not such a good decision on my part. I wasn't able to get my car unlocked (or get the ice scraper out) because there was an inch worth of ice surrounding the car. Poor Elzbeth. Hopefully tomorrow I can borrow one of my roommate's scrapers and get the ice off. Plus, the driver's side door handle is broken. I have to open the door on the passenger's side, climb over and unlock the driver's side, open the driver's side door, crawl back out, shut the passenger door and walk around to get in on the driver's side. Such is the joy of having an older car! I have a friend who said he could repair it this week, but with all the ice, I don't really know if that's going to happen. I guess if I don't get the ice off, at least on Sunday we are supposed to have a high of 40 degrees, and it will melt off. A wonderful heat wave!

Another reason to be grateful is our still working electricity. 607,000 homes and businesses here in KY are without power. Ours has stayed on the whole time. The news said it could be at least another week until it's all working again. There was even another bright side to all this: on Wednesday we ate snow cream for dessert, and it was so tasty. I sure do love winter! Jeanette, you really should invent those heated sidewalks!


Becky said...

Oh man! That stinks that school was cancelled...well, only the part about you could have staying in Columbus longer. Bummer. But, at least you made it for her birthday. Snow Cream? What is tell!

Jeanette and Jason said...

Sounds like you got a lot more ice than me did. Wow! Don't you hate it when you leave home and then something happens where you know you could have stayed later. I hate that. Being with my family is one of the highlights of my life. My favorite thing. I hope you are all thawed out there. I didn't know you were living in KY. For school?

Anonymous said...

yeah, what IS this snow cream stuff?

Natasha said...

Ok, since two of you asked, here's the recipe for snow cream. It's like ice cream but made with snow.
1 cup sugar
1 can evaporated milk
and about 1 tablespoon of vanilla
then add/mix in snow until it reaches ice cream consistency. (you will need to collect a big bowl of snow and then mix it in). It's really good. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

The snow cream sounds good. Honestly, I haven't tried the microwave cake yet. I want to, I just got more hot chocolate mix. If only I could make the snow cream. Most of the snow here is gone now.

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