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The German: Wish Agenda

29 May

We visited The German our first 3(?) years of living here.  It’s a lot like historic Virginia City near my hometown, but not x-mas lights 2013an authentic, restored tourist attraction–it’s just a themed tourist attraction.  Oh and it’s not old west like V.C. it’s Bavarian.  We love it–the whole place is like a 24/7 festival with costumes and art and vendors and cute little shops and festive food.  Everything I like.  But we didn’t go last year because we picked up Goose on Memorial Day weekend (one of the few times I had a string of 3 days in a row off to actually leave town).  And we didn’t get to go over Christmas, because  I was no longer eligible for time off of work, and because Cool had no money.  And it didn’t work out this Memorial weekend (happy anniversary Goose!) just because I don’t wanna spend ANY money while I’m unemployed.  Which I want to mention it’s never fair how when you have money there’s no time, and when you have time, you can’t spend money.

And I think even though the Germans are beer-centric, it has enough other stuff that not drinking wouldn’t be a huge deal.425758_10151408175891833_918939663_n  I’d still like to go one day–in the winter actually.  As they have a tree-lighting ceremony, snow shoeing, and *BIG DEAL* you can lead the sled dogs.  I have been wanting to do that for ages.  Maybe Colorado Utah has something similar when we’re there next year?!

steamboatI hope so, because leading the sled dogs is on my bucket list, and I would be really disappointed if we lived this close and never got to do it, and it wasn’t available anywhere else.  OK, I’m going to look it up–I need to know

For now, I’m looking forward to TWO days at Labor Dave Weekend at the Gorge on Labor Dayampitheatre 6 weekend, and that will have to suffice as far as travel goes.  And that will be spectacular because this year Brandi Carlile joins DMB–just what we requested.  If you noticed my writing sucks a little (more) today, and I’m starting a lot of sentences with “and” it’s because I’ve just spent a substantial chunk of time interviewing for a job, driving, then working on my personal statement.  I’m hungry and my brain is FRIED.

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How to Keep Utilities Down

29 Jan

Use less KWH, obs.

Here’s some things we do to limit our consumption and avoid turning our whole paycheck into our monopoly-utility company:

Turn things off/use less

-when you’re not in a room, when 1 will do, or if there’s sun–>shut off the lights!

-shut off your computer/TV.

-unplug things that aren’t regularly in use

-use cold water to do things (when possible) & turn it off between tasks if possible.

-if you wanna be extreme–don’t flush pee.

We (OK, I) Winterize

-I put plastic over the (single-paned, drafty) sliding glass door and window.  This is a MAJOR pain, and I usually have vast amounts of frustration, tantrums, and melt-downs during the tedious, horrible process.  But, the temps stay substantially more regulated, and things maintain MUCH longer.

-And a note:  Remember to take the plastic/tape off while it’s still chilly outside in early spring.  It’s a real Bit(h to get dry, old tape off windows–which you inevitably have to tape over somewhere, (despite every effort not to) in order to seal it off.  I spent countless hours scraping old tape reminants off my renter’s glass with a blade = super-sucks!

-I also hang blankets over the front of the slider and window.  Except for a piece I can see from the treadmill and my study spot.  It would keep it even warmer, but I derive much joy from seeing my ducks/geese on the river.  Just don’t forget to take them down and wash them once or twice mid-winter, or else they will mold and destroy the only quilt your grandmother sewed specifically for you.  Major bummer.

-Put blankets (or old clothes in a pinch) on door thresholds.  Our sliding glass door is not installed properly, and we get a huge draft between the metal railing and the carpet.

We don’t use our apartment’s heater or AC (At all.  Ever.)

So how do we stay warm in winter, you ask?

-We dress in layers:  Sweats, socks, +/- beanie.  All the time.

-We have an electric blanket, goose-down comforter, and many blankets on the bed.

-We move around to increase metabolism (and heat).

-We warm up from the inside out:  Drink hot beverages, eat warm foods, ingest spicy food to rev up the metabolism.  I’d like to say we avoid cold foods, but we love ice cream, and Cool needs ice in most drinks.  That’s NOT a good way to stay warm.

-We huddle/snuggle.  With each other and the cats.

-Our electric throw blankets are cheaper then heating the entire apartment and keep us super-toasty!

-Ok, we do use space heaters.  BUT only in the room we are in at the time.  And set on a threshold of 60F.  So they only turn on when the temp drops below that level, then shut back off.  Also, we have the kind of space heaters that shut off if they fall over–for fire-safety with pets.  Also, between my day schedule and Cool’s night schedule one of us is home 24/7 to monitor for hazzards.  This is not so good for decreasing utility use.

-In the bathroom, we put in an infrared light–which is magical and awesome.  Instead of dreading chilly winter showers, I look forward to basking under the heated light.  And it’s only on when we’re IN bathroom–no more pre-heating a whole room before a shower.

-Also, to make showering warmer (and be aware of water consumption) we close the tub-drain.  The hot water puddling around the feet, keeps the ankles warm–and therefore you’re entire body warmer.  Also, it’s a good way to know if the shower is too long = deep water.

Stay Cool

-take a cold bath/shower

-soak your feet in cold water

-pour cold water over your wrists

-put a bag of frozen veg (or an ice pack if you’re fancy!) on your forehead/neck/wrists/feet/ or stomach if you can handle it.

-eat or drink something cold

-wear your skivvies.

-go to a lake or pool (or the mall or a theater)

-don’t use the oven.  Or the dryer, dishwasher, anything that uses electricity b/c it will create heat.  If you must–wait until early morning when the temps are at the lowest point.

-exercise in the early morning too.

-acclimate.

MMM, there’s probably some more tips we utilize, but it’s getting past my bedtime (and my 4×4 and I have to pick up Cool from work at midnight) so I’ll leave you to brainstorm more ways on your own.

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Vomit in the Shower

29 Feb

Couldn’t even ruin my day.

I feel so much better about life today!  Even though Cool almost puked on my feet, because she suffers from anxiety disorder.  And then even though she did end up vomiting on her own feet in the shower–which has a slow drain.  And even though I had to leave for work really early, and drive out to the boon-docks where Cool works because it snowed and her HHR sucks in bad weather.  And even though I had to shovel the walk once I finally made it to work.

I’m not really certain what it is.  The 97% I got on my exam didn’t hurt.  Especially since I really knew the information I missed, but drew the phonetic letters slightly off.  I hadn’t realized the letters weren’t just a difference in penmanship, but very important to copy exactly.  It’s an easy correction to make.

Also, work suggested I call yesterday to see if it was necessary for me to come back after class.  And even better, it wasn’t–so I got to come home and study.  Also, I heard scuttle that work is taking inventory away from me.  Who knows why.  Very briefly, I was worried that they are phasing me out b/c they are unwilling to work with a partial schedule.  Or they thought I sucked at at.  Or whatever negative thing.  But I just figure they are streamlining for when I’m part-time.  Plus, it makes sense that the person who does all the invoices and puts stuff into the computer system, AND is in the back full-time also does the ordering.

What a flippin’ headache that was.  They want to have things when they want them.  This necessitates ordering well ahead and in large quanitity.  But they also want to keep stock to a bare minimum.  Which necessitates the opposite–wait until we’re just about out of something to order it.  They want the cheapest product, but they never want to vary the brands we already have.  And everyone sort of snipes about it when they see something they deem different or too expensive.  And, most annoying of all–nobody puts things on the want-list until it’s completely out, and too late.  So it’s a huge job trying to keep an eye on EVERYthing or listening to the doctor bitch when they wanted something that isn’t on the shelf.  And I didn’t even get a raise or anything when it became my responsibility, so it totally wasn’t worth all the effort and stress.  The rumor that I don’t have to do it anymore ultimately made me feel really, really relieved.

Was that the whole work problem?  Maybe that and poor scheduling–or staffing whichever side of the coin you look at.  Because now that I know about it, I pretty much feel better about my veterinary job.  Which makes me feel better about everything in life.  It totally sucks when the place you spend the most time, and the job you depend upon for the income that you NEED is not going well.  It overshadows everything and makes life miserable.  I’m glad that feeling is gone, and I hope it stays away.

This Week is Going to be a GOOD Week

24 Jan

It HAS to be better than last week (and the week before).  I am determined to make it better.

I will study in the morning, count calories, introduce fruits and veggies to my diet, be patient with my coworkers, not make my job my priority, go to the gym regularly, and floss.

 

I can do it.  I WILL do it!

 

And I won’t get stressed about things I cannot control–scheduling at work.  I will remember that I am

only one person and can only do so much so fast.  I will not feel left out, left behind, or awkward in school.  I will not take Cool’s driving to work burden my own.  I will help as I can, but not make myself sick with worry.

I will be miss sweet and light, and maybe even a little optimistic no matter how impractical–because I am motivated and working hard.

What. The. FUCK.

19 Jan

It has been snowing constantly for the last 2 days.  Does that mean Cool doesn’t have to go to work?  Noooooo.  Does that mean the University shuts down?  Nooooooo.  Does that mean the vet hospital is closed?  Nooooooooo.  Why the hell does the weather service even announce a winter weather advisory or severe winter weather if it means nothing?  It’s business as usual here.

I was checking the University’s Emergency update website fully expecting they would shut campus down because of the snow.  Yesterday was 2-7 inches and today 2-4 more.  Nope, they even wrote that conditions were “treacherous” but just said to drive carefully–they were plowing the sidewalks and parking lots.  So because I had a quiz today I studied all morning.  Then I braved the crazy weather and crazier roads to get to class.  No one else showed up.

I figured I had somehow missed the e-mail so I fired off a disgruntled letter to administration when I finally made it back home safely.  Nope, they just hadn’t sent me the message that ALL other Juniors and Seniors in the program got.  Fuck you too.

Then, I was supposed to pick up Cool from work.  But she’s way out in the boonies, down remote highways, and up snow-covered hills and such.  And this amount of snow isn’t safe even for 4 wheel drive.  So I had to call her a taxi.  Which costs a bunch of money.

And tomorrow?  My work isn’t closing down–even though the vet lives way the eff out in the crazy boonies that was difficult to get to in summer.  And who is going to drive around with their cat when roads are this insane???  And will there be enough business to warrant 3 employees???  Also, Cool has to show up (on time) for her temp job or she will be fired.  So I am somehow supposed to drive her to work AND get to mine on time.  We better leave now if we’re going to make it.

Fuck this American-work no matter what-mentality!

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Spokane Snow-Driving

3 Feb

I would not say I especially cowardly about driving in the snow–though I don’t love it.  Being from the Seattle-area, where it doesn’t snow often, Kidron is pretty timid about driving in snow or ice.  Anyone would be pusillanimous {pew-sul-an-i-mous} about driving the slippery HHR that doesn’t handle well at all in any winter conditions.  Getting to work becomes a byzantine task when the front wheel drive vehicle is not working well at all.

The HHR has the heavy body of an SUV, but only the power of a car so it sucks more than my Jetta in snow–this makes for atangled driving process in any inclement weather at all, ie:  Don’t brake–ever, simply take the foot off the accelerator and come to a natural stop, steer toward the curb for times when the car absolutely refuses to slow, take corners wide and at a maximum of 2 MPH, and never, never attempt to take an incline, but if you must gain speed for momentum, shift into I, and hope the driver behind you is a good samaritan willing to patiently wait–then give you a push. . .

I have to take a convoluted route to work in the snow.  If there is even a slight incline the HHR can’t get up in the ice and snow, which means an intricate snow route is necessary.  I found this out the hard way when I took a complicated route to work, then still had to stop at a stoplight. . .  On a hill.  It took a police officer and another passenger to push me into the Office Depot parking lot.  With Spokane’s numerous maze of one-way streets, the river, freeway, and train tracks–it is a very elaborate endeavor to plan an alternate route.  Finding snow-chains anywhere in the vicinity was even more perplexing of a task–everyone is out now that it has snowed.  I hope the chains that were ordered from Amazon.com get here really fast and are not too complex for us to figure out in a hurry.

Kidron had to skip work altogether because an alternate plan was so labyrinthine:  The bus would take three hours there and three back, taxi services were either completely unavailable or required 2 hour notice and $30 each way, the one person she knows at work comes in from ID and wasn’t answering her phone or Facebook, frustration!  I hate the snow because it makes driving a knotty experience if you don’t have 4-wheel drive.  As a person who hasn’t driven in a front wheel drive vehicle not equipt with snow or all-weather tires, speaking easily about how mild the roads seem is natural.  Until you drive the HHR in snow yourself, I don’t care how talkative you are about its supposed ability to handle the winter–you don’t know (I didn’t).  It’s ironic, because I was voluble about not wasting our few funds on new tires when the HHR had siped tires less than two years old.  Now I’m verbose about how much worse it drives than my Jetta which was not meant for snow in the least bit, and didn’t do great.  After a few precarious snow-drives in the thing, I became loquacious about fixing the problem so we could each get to work safely–poor Kidron!  I guess I was too glib about the status of the tires before it snowed here–had I forgotten what a real winter was like in just one year of living in a mild climate?!

The only way to have levity in a snow storm is to have no reason to leave the house–anyone having to drive to work loses any enthusiasm in a hurry.  My boss said she is a terrible driver, especially in winter, because she has an inappropriate lack of seriousness and gets distracted easily.  I suppose I would be a lot less stressed about winter if I used more humor–who cares if I get stuck in the middle of the road blocking traffic?  It’s winter and it happens to everyone.  That said, I don’t want to be overly casual and wreck the car or kill myself driving around in the snow and ice.  Little kids are the only ones that can really have amusement in winter–if they have a snow day, because they don’t have to drive.

Spokane declared a severe blizzard warning for the first time since the mid-1990s.  The hard winds are what characterize a blizzard–viability has to be really low to call it that.  The temperatures were a grim 16 degrees to as low as 1 degree this morning at 9 AM.  When the city is undecorated (before Christmas) the snow looks especially dour.  After awhile snow starts to look austere, and I long for the more beautiful signs of life in the spring.  Gray skies coupled with white roads and dead trees seem so bleak–especially in late winter.  The poor birds didn’t fly south and were out in the water in this harsh weather.  I don’t remember if Missouri weather was this severe, but I do remember a stern determination was necessary to get to work on time.

People are quick to promote rebellion when it comes to snow plowing.  It’s a thankless job that can never be done fast enough or well enough and people blame some sort of conspiracy instead of realizing this.  I don’t think Spokane deserves the insurrection the online bulletins are promoting–they’ve done a decent job despite treacherous weather conditions and a lack of funds.  On the other hand, the sedition against Seattle’s mayor may have been justified–the dude didn’t have the city plow at all and wouldn’t use ice for environmental reasons–stupid.  Drivers do not show any propriety especially in rain or snow.  It would be decent of everyone to slow down and drive safely when ice and snow or rain are present–but most people belligerently speed by and weave in and out of slower traffic.  The trucks that show the least decorum in bad weather?  Effing 4x4s!  Then there’s the people going 5 MPH who aren’t driving with appropriateness either.  It would be a lot less hazardous in inclement weather if everyone drove with modesty.  Plus, it’s always good when drivers obey the rules and customs of the road–bad weather or not.

Snow in Spokane does NOT make Seattle any less Obnoxious

13 Jan

Anger boiling up, flowing over, mixing with frustration and exhaustion forming a hydrophobic (because of a disdain for snow-driving) mass of negativity.

 

hydrophobic blog of negativity

 

 

Sure, I am not a fan of snowy, unruly roads, especially when we have to get to work.  Is a snow day so much to ask for?  How about some plowing and sanding, quickly, and on all roads/parking lots?  Antipathy for snow-driving in an unprepared, intractable car does NOT mean Spokane sucks.  It certainly does not mean Seattle is awesome.  The hostility we feel for the weather is explicitly for that–every place has weather for fuck’s sake.  And not even necessarily the snow, just having to be kinetic IN snow.

Every fucking time Kidron posts an anti-snow statement on her Facebook wall, it is permeated with Seattle shit-heads saying, “Shoulda never moved,” or “Move back here,” or something equally pretentious and ignorant.  I always was something of a pariah in Seattle anyway.  What do I care if I offend them?  It makes me wanna go off–so I will:  You know, Seattle, even with this shitty fucking show situation I still love Spokane waaaaaaaay, waaaaaaaaay better then your shitty, over-crowded, city.

It snows in most places in winter.  The places with nice weather attracts a bevy of crazies, as evidenced by the entire state of California, Texas, Florida, and yes, the city of Seattle.

Spokane Snow Driving [11-24-10]

2 Jan

I would not say I especially cowardly about driving in the snow–though I don’t love it.  I don’t go wandering around in bad weather when I don’t have to–I just want to get to work.  Being from the Seattle-area, where it doesn’t snow often, Kidron is pretty timid about driving in snow or ice.  Anyone would be pusillanimous {pew-sul-an-i-mous} about driving the slippery HHR that doesn’t handle well at all in any winter conditions.  Getting to work becomes a byzantine task when the front wheel drive vehicle is not working well at all.  The HHR has the heavy body of an SUV, but only the power of a car so it sucks more than my Jetta in snow–this makes for a tangled driving process in any inclement weather at all, ie:  Don’t brake–ever, simply take the foot off the accelerator and come to a natural stop, steer toward the curb for times when the car absolutely refuses to slow, take corners wide and at a maximum of 2 MPH, and never, never attempt to take an incline, but if you must gain speed for momentum, shift into I, and hope the driver behind you is a good samaritan willing to patiently wait–then give you a push. . .

I have to take a convoluted route to work in the snow.  In snow, we have to take itinerant paths just to get 3 miles away.  If there is even a slight incline the HHR can’t get up in the ice and snow, which means an intricate snow route is necessary.  I found this out the hard way when I took a complicated route to work, then still had to stop at a stoplight. . .  On a hill.  It took a police officer and another passenger to push me into the Office Depot parking lot.  I felt like such a pathetic vagrant when it happened!  With Spokane’s numerous maze of one-way streets, the river, freeway, and train tracks–it is a very elaborate endeavor to plan an alternate route.

Finding snow-chains anywhere in the vicinity was even more perplexing of a task–everyone is out now that it has snowed.  We would have to be so nomadic to get some that it would take us out of the inland pacific northwest entirely.  I hope the chains that were ordered from Amazon.com get here really fast and are not too complex for us to figure out in a hurry.  I will be unsettled until we have reliable snow-transportation to work.  Kidron had to skip work altogether because an alternate plan was so labyrinthine and archaic:  The bus would take three hours there and three back, taxi services were either completely unavailable or required 2 hour notice and $30 each way, the one person she knows at work comes in from ID and wasn’t answering her phone or Facebook, frustration!  How old-fashioned could public transportation be around here?!

I hate the snow because it makes driving a knotty experience if you don’t have 4-wheel drive.  As a person who hasn’t driven in a front wheel drive vehicle not equipt with snow or all-weather tires, speaking easily about how mild the roads seem is natural.  Until you drive the HHR in snow yourself, I don’t care how talkative you are about its supposed ability to handle the winter–you don’t know (I didn’t).  It’s ironic, because I was voluble about not wasting our few funds on new tires when the HHR had siped tires less than two years old–hardly ancient.  Now I’m verbose about how much worse it drives than my antediluvian Jetta which was not meant for snow in the least bit, and didn’t do great.  After a few precarious snow-drives in the thing, I became loquacious about fixing the problem so we could each get to work safely–poor Kidron!  I guess I was tooglib about the status of the tires before it snowed here–had I forgotten what a real winter was like in just one year of living in a mild climate?!

The only way to have levity in a snow storm is to have no reason to leave the house–anyone having to drive to work loses any enthusiasm in a hurry.  My boss said she is a terrible driver, especially in winter, because she has an inappropriate lack of seriousness and gets distracted easily.  I suppose I would be a lot less stressed about winter if I used more humor–who cares if I get stuck in the middle of the antique road blocking traffic?  It’s winter and it happens to everyone.  That said, I don’t want to be overly casual and wreck the car or kill myself driving around in the snow and ice.  Little kids are the only ones that can really have amusement in winter–if they have a snow day, because they don’t have to drive.

Spokane declared a severe blizzard warning for the first time since the mid-1990s.  The hard winds are what characterize a blizzard–viability has to be really low to call it that.   The temperatures were a grim 16 degrees to as low as 1 degree this morning at 9 AM.  When the old-fashioned city is undecorated (before Christmas) the snow looks especially dour.  After awhile snow starts to look austere, and I long for the more beautiful signs of life in the spring.  Gray skies coupled with white roads and bygone dead trees seem so bleak–especially in late winter.  The poor birds didn’t fly south and were out in the water in this harsh weather.

I don’t remember if Missouri weather was this severe, but I do remember a stern determination was necessary to get to work on time.  People are quick to promote rebellion when it comes to snow plowing.  It’s a thankless job that can never be done fast enough or well enough and people blame some sort of conspiracy instead of realizing this.  I don’t think Spokane deserves the insurrection the online bulletins are promoting–they’ve done a decent job despite treacherous weather conditions and a dated problem of lack of funds.  On the other hand, the sedition against Seattle’s mayor may have been justified–the dowdy dude didn’t have the city plow at all and wouldn’t use ice for environmental reasons–stupid.

Drivers do not show any propriety especially in rain or snow.  It would be decent of everyone to slow down and drive safely when ice and snow or rain are present–but most people belligerently speed by and weave in and out of slower traffic.  The trucks that show the least decorum in bad weather?  Effing 4x4s!  Then there’s the people going 5 MPH who aren’t driving with appropriateness either.  It would be a lot less hazardous in inclement weather if everyone drove with modesty.  Plus, it’s always good when drivers obey the rules and customs of the road–bad weather or not.

Snowed In [2-13-07]

1 Jan

I’m grumpy.  Not just a little bit either.  I’m really, super pissed.  After going to bed late, I had to wake up at 6 am.  I had an appointment at 8:15 (and I was going to stop by work to buy cat food) this morning.  I didn not realize it was supposed to snow.  Really, did they say anything about it?  I did not park on Sylvan.  I could not get out of my F-ing apartment complex this morning.  The cats were ecstatic, anyway.  They got Ladybug’s canned food, and they gobbled it up.

I still can’t figure out how to do the entire chem lab report.  I wanted to go to the help session yesterday, but my exam went over time.  I was doing the damn thing from 12-1:30-total bummer.  It’s not like I could say, “Dr. Spiers, I’m just gonna go to chem for an hour, but I won’t look in my notes or talk to anyone about the test. . .”  I just need a good idea of the format they want.  Can I get my hands on a lab notebook-nooooo.  Can I talk to or meet with anyone from the class-nope.

I have chem lab today.  I can’t leave my house, and my friends haven’t been able to drive around yet either.  The one bright spot of the day is my chemistry professor.  I called Dr. Tucker and she said if worse came to worse I could go to lab on Thursday and turn in my lab report ASAP tomorrow.  She is super-cool.  She kept saying the storm was supposed to let up by 2 so it shouldn’t be a problem–she obviously doesn’t know my parking lot situation.  My car may be stuck down here for a week, I don’t know. . .  I’ll say this, my next car is going to have 4 wheel drive and heated seats!  Well, at least I might be able to get a ride by 2.

Oh, F!  I just realized I’m missing Fraiser

 

I Need a Man [72 Myspace Views on 1-13-07]

1 Jan

I tried to hail (pun intended) against the impending ice storm, but it proved impossible. Sarah called and said her mom (my boss) might call to tell me not to come in–a storm warning was expected. I automatically thought of all the awesome things I would rather be doing besides working, and got my hopes up. The call never came. I drove into work. Dr. Terry told me that she might start sending part-time staff (that’s me!) home early and said not to book anything else that day unless it was an emergency. I told everyone we would be walking at 3 (we usually walk at 3:30 when boarding is slow) so we could be finished w/the work when people started going home early. They grumbled, but complied.

Oh, forgotten point: Sarah asked about putting something over her car’s windshield and I scoffed, thinking the storm was a lot of hype. Then, I realized maybe it was in fact, a good idea and put one of our sheets over my car, which I did. After walking, I started treatments as usual. Kurt, who had been cleaning the runs came in and said since he was finished he needed to go home. I thought–did he send himself home?! Then, Michelle was gone too. I was finishing treatments, cleaning cages, and mopping, expecting to get sent home anytime. . . Nope, being on the good list CAN be a drawback. I stayed until Noah’s Ark closed at 5:50. One good thing? I pulled that sheet right off and my car was ready to go. Everyone else stood in the cold and scraped for a long time.

Last time it snowed, I got stuck in front of my apartment for days and days. This time, I thought I would be smart and stay on Sylvan. Though it’s farther from my house, in a ghetto area, and out of my sight–I thought at least I would be able to leave with in the next 8 days (unlike last storm). Of course, what I didn’t anticipate was the trek down the hill. . .

I replaced the sheet on my windshield and realized that I had my purse, KC pics, a CD of pics, my work snow boots, my work winter coat, and yes, my cat. I just put everything on–I was wearing so many layers that I couldn’t let my arms drop to my sides–they stuck out a little. I made it down, but was sweating by the time I reached my door–Bob is heavy again, weighing 11 pounds, 11 ounces!!! I went to sleep thinking how smart I was parking up the hill so I wouldn’t get stuck.

I woke up this morning and continued to read my book–not relevant now, but it comes into play later. Sarah and I decided to go to the Artisan. I was so smart, I got on my boots, winter coat, hat, gloves, boiled some water so I could unlock my door, and called my parents (who like to chat for a long time) so I wouldn’t be board defrosting my car. I walked up the hills, and opened the door easily (w/the help of the hot water), then peeled the sheet off. Beautiful! Then my rear defroster did the rest. The windows were clear as day. I went to drive forward, and my car made a grinding sound and stayed in place. My mom asked why I was doing all this. To go to the Artisan, I replied, indignantly. She was like, can’t you go in your warm apartment and read there? Point taken–I guess I LIKE hard work. . . My dad said to just knock the ice off the wheel wells–which I did w/the blunt end of my window scraper–I felt very clever. There were some huge chunks of ice, let me tell you! I got back in the car–still no moving was had.

That’s ok, I had formulated a plan. I walked all the way back down to my apartment in search of the largest container I had. Turned out to be my blender. I heated water and poured it into the blender, liberally adding table salt for good measure. Side-note: I’m not sure if table salt works like pavement salt–but it doesn’t hurt to try, right? So here I am walking up the hill w/my blender, stepping carefully so as not to spill any water. I got a few strange looks from neighbors and passers-by. I poured the salt water on each of the tires, excited by my ingenuity. Upon staring the car and pressing the gas–nothing. All for nothing! I eventually called Sarah to come pick me up–it was an hour and a half later, I think, and followed that w/a call to Chris to help me out tomorrow.

It seems, hard as I try to avoid being a helpless female, when cars are involved (broken car post-Saint Louis, needing rides to work after the blizzard, and now digging my car off the street) I need a man. . .

picture this:  me crawling up the icy hill b/c my boots keep slipping.  I tore my hands up trying to grip that damned hill–off the Wal-Mart to buy a shovel for the trunk of my car!