Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Snow Days That Never Were

Ice Skating on Peachtree Street
We've had an unseasonably cold winter here in Atlanta, including some snow.  Considering the rare occurrence of snow in this area, even just a small amount can have quite a profound affect on the city.  As evidenced by the headlines below:

-  The Atlanta Police Department reported a total of 368 accidents on January 11th
-  Closure of all southbound lanes of I-75
-  Most metro Atlanta Walmart stores are closing early Monday January 11th

Seriously, closing a major interstate AND Walmart closing early.  It's almost like the end of the world.

Luckily for me, the snow came in on a Sunday night and I happen to be flying out of town for work on that Sunday afternoon - just a few mere hours before all the flights out of town were cancelled.  I still haven't decided if that was extremely lucky or terribly unlucky.  Regardless, while everyone in Atlanta was enjoying a week of snow days, I was stuck working.  By the time I can back to Atlanta on the Friday after the snow, it was all gone and the city was basically back to normal.  Luckily, TB was part of the group that did get to cash in on a week of snow days and was able to capture the "Snowcapolypse" on film.

The morning after, before the driveway shovelling began

Back porch

View down the street

Attempting to go down the front stairs

Front porch

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Calling Shenanigans on 2011

Normally this is the time of year when you resolve to be a better person or accomplish some goals for the coming year.  Before we had a chance to do that, 2011 started to unravel at the seams.  It started with a crash.  A literal crash in the middle of the night.  Only to discover that one of my favorite Christmas presents (a glass terrarium) had broken:

 Notice the culprit in the shadows

Then, we had a slight incident with cat puke and our new white couches.  Yes, we decided to buy lighter couches - so this one may be our fault.  Puke ended up all over the couches, resulting in our first of many (I'm sure) professional and expensive couch cleanings.

Then, we had our first major home repair.  A broken garage door.  Which meant that TB tried to fix it himself, by performing extensive internet research.  This only resulted in a spring flying all around the garage and nearly took his eye out.  And did not fix the door.  Those home repair skills do not come over night.  Perhaps I should think about buying him a Bob Villa book.  Do they still make those?

Although I'll acknowledge that none of these events are catastrophes, it did all happen in the first few days of the year.  We had a few days off work and were trying to be productive, but kept having to deal with our "incidents" instead.   We stopped where we were and decided to call shenanigans on 2011 and just started the year over, a few days later than January 1st.

Since then, we've replaced the terrarium, almost have the garage fixed and have scotch guarded the couches.  We just needed a little do-over on that one...