Friday, February 5, 2010

Snowcalypse



They say it's going to be one of the top five snowstorms in recorded history here in DC - predictions range from 20-24" which is a LOT of snow for the midatlantic. I saw on the news last night a bunch of pictures of empty shelves at supermarkets; I guess when we see a big one like this coming, the appropriate response, for southerners living at sea level, at least, is panic.

I have four items on my last minute shopping list for today: chocolate, coffee beans, wine and leeks (for potato leek soup). Naturally I toyed with the idea of more snow martinis, but considering the probability that the snow could fall for 48 hours, I think that could result in a legendary hangover I believe I can live without. Wine and chocolate should provide all the intoxication I need. Oh and coffee, of course. Of course.

We're assembling a list of possible activities to keep us amused here in the house on Tennessee Avenue tomorrow. We're going to play WII with the neighbors, so that should keep us occupied for awhile. One of my personal goals is to read every blog on the sidebar, catch up with all my favorite bloggers. That could take nearly 48 hours since I read so many blogs. What else? Chess? Board games? Make-do karaoke? Ideas anyone?

One thing I know we'll be busy doing is shoveling. When they say two feet of snow what it looks like to my eye is three feet of snow. I will photodocument, I promise.

28 comments:

Chris Wolf said...

Woot Woot! I'm so excited for you! Perhaps hot cocoa too, and books, and a fire in the hearth, and....

Whitney Lee said...

It's exciting, isn't it? They did predict that this was going to be one of the worst winters VA had seen in quite some time.
We're pretty far south of you and I'm watching the snow come down now. It's that soft, powdery stuff that is so beautiful. Now if only it would stop soon I could get on with my plans!
Enjoy your snow storm (and your soup). I'm sure ya'll will find plenty to occupy yourselves.

Reya Mellicker said...

The snow is just starting, a mere sprinkling. I couldn't find even one leek at Eastern Market (which was uncharacteristically packed) or at the YES! organic market. I guess other people thought of potato leek soup. We'll have potato onion soup - maybe not as classy but it will be good.

We have plenty of books, so reading is always an option. No fireplace unfortunately, but we'll still be snuggly and warm.

It's exciting.

willow said...

The same prediction here! I'm off to stock up on supplies and batton down the hatches. Soup in front of the fire plans here at WM! (woolly socks firmly in place)

Stay safe and warm, dear friend!

Reya Mellicker said...

They tell me that the Capital Weather Blog people had a contest to name the storm. Snowcalypse lost out to Snowmageddan. I think that's misspelled.

The snow is starting!

Linda Sue said...

SNOW- get out the marshmallows and the glue- but not together- make things. Happy to say that I can not relate to your weather report. I am barefoot on the deck in almost sunshine!
Be sure to remember the birds- tuppence a bag!

Lynne said...

I am so totally and completely jealous! We are supposed to get 3 whole inches up here in northern NJ but down at the Jersey shore it's going to be a blizzard! Go figure.

What games do you play on the Wii?

This is the kind of snow I've been waiting for. Lucky you!!! Hope your power doesn't fail!

The Bug said...

We're supposed to have SOMETHING - we'll see how much it ends up being. I'll be sharing pictures - but they will never be as cool as yours!

Hilarywho said...

Aw, ya big sissys. Why, two feet a snow was nothin' back when I was livin' on the west coast of Michigan. Back in those days we got "lake effect" and plenty of it. And no one was wonderin' what to do with themselves. We just bundled up and shoveled.

Reya Mellicker said...

It really depends on where you live. Most years we don't see any snow, or maybe one snowfall so here this is a Very Big Deal.

I hope we bowl on Wii. That sounds so completely dorky. As it should be! Yes, Linda Sue - we will remember the birds, I promise!

The snow is falling hard (12:30 pm here). I do have a craving for vodka, but I will abstain. Woolly socks, movies, and soup. Oh yeah.

Ronda Laveen said...

Yes, out here on the left coast, the newscasters keep telling us you guys are really gonna get deluged.

I have always wonderd about the wii bowling. Would love to hear about that if you do. Maybe just one martini after your perfect game?

California Girl said...

I can't believe it! You guys are getting 2' and New England is getting bupkus! We need snow! aaaarrggghhh!

Reya Mellicker said...

I love the word 'bupkus.' Sorry you are missing out. It's falling hard.

Mrsupole said...

We are waiting for a rain storm here in So Cali, and the sun has still been shinning on and off through the clouds. But not a drop has arrived so far. Hopefully it will not be a deluge, a softer rain which will fill the ground wells and the reservoirs. This should also help with growing lots of crops this spring and summer and maybe you will be able to get some leeks for your soup. That does sound good.

Bowling still seems to be the favorite game to play on our Wii, but the grandkids have a lot of games with which to choose. Not a lot of the games for this system let them be as lazy as the other systems. Even our 5 year old granddaughter can enjoy the bowling game. It's my favorite too, but I recently bought Mah Jong and that one is hard but fun too. They even sell board games for it.

But reading a good book is something that always sounds great. I will be looking forward to the pics and being thankful that I do not have to go through it. We are such wusses when it comes to snow out here. It would shut down our whole southern part of the state. Only snow plows are up in the mountains. And I still haven't felt like visiting the snow up there.

Have fun.

God bless.

Barbara said...

Stay warm and safe and enjoy your historic storm! I'm a little sad that we are missing out in the Boston area.

Peace!

Cyndy said...

I'm really psyched for this one too! I'm ready to hunker down and take it easy for a change.

lakeviewer said...

How about candles and wood? Don't you need alternative light and energy? Games? You'll be too tired after all that showeling.

glnroz said...

be careful in all that. One of our favorite things with snow as kids,,snow ice cream. It snowed so rarely..

Pauline said...

Ah, I'm jealous! We have a paltry amount of snow on the ground at the moment. Don't forget snowmen and snow angels and photos of snowflakes! Hope you weather the storm in fine fettle.

ewix said...

I'm sort of jealous of you!
I wanted a BLIZZARD
at least it makes winter fun.
Oh well, we will get a dusting and Buster will get to wear his cool
blue balloon boots

sad that you didn't get any leeks

looking forward to all your excitement

k-brow said...

Reya, don't you think it's time you started knitting? It's a nice way to pass the snow...

Enjoying your storm vicariously.

Reya Mellicker said...

k-brow you might be right!

As for losing energy, though it is conceivable for other areas of DC, Capitol Hill hardly ever blacks out because all our power lines are underground.

That said, I live with gay men, so please understand that we have PLENTY of candles.

femme ala fleur said...

Oh you guys are gonna get one of our snowstorms. I am out here in Minnesota and I love these storms, especially when they fall on a weekend. Out here in my neighborhood we don our winter gear, get a few hot toddies in flasks and walk the few blocks to a huge sledding hill and spend a good part of the day just socializing and sledding. It is such a hoot to see everyone out playing like a bunch of kids. After such fun we each head back neighbors homes to eat a warm meal and cackle about how much fun we had. I say get out and play in it like you were a kid.

Susan said...

I hear the predictions are up to 30".
This is apocalyptic! And should be huge fun.
Dig a snow tunnel to the neighbors'.
A snow sculpture.And igloo.
Eat soup, drink hot cocoa and have a wonderful time until the weather realizes it's lost its mind and comes to its senses.

ellen abbott said...

Jig saw puzzle! A great time waster. But it's probably too late now, I gather the snow is there.

I've been watching for leeks at the grocery for a couple of weeks for that very reason!

steven said...

hey reya - i just read about this and here's the real scoop right here at reya's place!!! it's gonna be awesome!!! the first picture here is really interesting to me. you'll see why at the golden fish tomorrow!! steven

C.M. Jackson said...

reya--look forward to seeing your photos--I went to the food store on my way home tonight here in northern NJ--there was no bread, the reallly good bread was gone and we are expecting 6 inches at most! Funny, I bought leeks and am going to make a lovely potato leek soup as well.Stay warm and enjoy the beauty-c

Steve said...

From the looks of things outside right now, we're not getting it nearly as badly as you all. But the snow is still falling!

Coffee...OF COURSE! :)