Sunday, January 31, 2016

Snowzilla: Fun for Everyone!

Shoveling aside, who doesn't love a few good snow days?!  (Truth be told, shoveling was a great workout every day since I couldn't get to the gym).   Since the storm hit over the weekend, we only missed 2 days of school in DC (while schools in MD and VA were off the whole week!), but there were ample opportunities to have fun in the snow.  Joseph and his friends complained so much about having to trudge the 6 or 7 blocks to Fort Bayard to sled, but after one run, they realized it was all worth it.

video

video

There was no stopping me from having a go at it, even though I was paranoid about breaking my ankle again in some freak accident.  Seriously, so. much. fun!

video


I love this picture a friend took! Looks like I have 3 legs, but it's just JT sitting behind me.  Immediately became my new Facebook profile pic :)


And I was the only adult in on the action!

video

Inexplicably there was one block in our neighborhood that didn't get plowed even once, which we passed on our way to the park.  Crazy!  After a hard day's work shoveling out our cars, sledding was a perfect way to spend the afternoon, and the sun set beautifully to end a lovely weekend.  But school was naturally canceled on Monday, so we had a few boys for a sleepover, and I made them a special breakfast the next morning before I figured out how to get myself off to work.




Luckily I'm off on Tuesdays since school was cancelled again.  Joseph and Ben got to have a snowball fight and play around in our back yard for one last hurrah.







video


Lastly, here's a scene from the produce department of our local Whole Foods after the weekend.  Pickings were pretty slim!


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Snowzilla: the Aftermath

Although the exact amount of snowfall from winter storm Jonas (otherwise affectionately know as "Snowzilla") is debatable, we wound up with easily a good 2 feet of snow in our northwest DC neighborhood.  It started snowing in the early afternoon on Friday, and by Saturday morning our front steps were completely buried.




Looking from the inside out:



I ventured out to check out the scene and take some measurements (and a few snow-selfies).  I was almost in up to my knees, and there was an average of about 15-16" of snow in just one night!




A plow had come by all of once, and we had to keep shoveling ourselves all the way out to the street.





Then we played around a little bit, and it just kept on snowing.





Our neighbors 2 houses down:



The next morning we woke to beautiful blue skies and a lot more snow, bringing us up to 2 feet or more.  We were running out of places to pile all the snow we were shoveling just to be able to get out of our houses!







And it was time to tackle shoveling out all of our cars.
Not that we were driving anywhere anytime soon.





Here's my poor little car completely buried!  It took a village to clear us all out, and then the plows finally came and gave us more work to do.



And don't forget the back!


The funny thing is that the city has been working on replacing all the gas lines and meters on our block over the past few weeks, and they left all these backhoes parked in front of our houses.  If only we knew how to hot wire them we could have cleared the whole street in a heartbeat!



Saturday, January 23, 2016

Snowzilla: in the Beginning

We're in for a snowstorm of epic proportions here in DC.  Amazing how much things can change in just a day!  And this is only halfway there!!!



Friday, January 22, 2016

Panda-monium

"Ya gotta see the baby!" Hopefully you'll recognize that as one of the bajillions of memorable Seinfeld quotes.  It was all I could think as Joseph and I raced off one day after school last week for a sneak peak at the new giant panda cub at the National Zoo.  Of course in our case it was "Ya gotta see the Bei Bei!" referring to his name, which means "precious treasure."  Having a new giant panda cub make his national debut is serious business around here, since we have one of the only 4 zoos in the US with panda bears.  As FONZ (Friends of the National Zoo) members, we were invited to a private screening 2 weeks before the panda house was open to the public again.


Unfortunately Bei Bei was sound asleep during our entire visit as expected, as panda cubs tend to sleep the majority of the time.  Luckily for us his older sister, 2 year old Bao Bao, was full of energy and put on a good show climbing and eating bamboo.




Their mom, Mei Xiang, was also happily hanging out in front for all to see, while little Bei Bei was snuggled up inside a small rock formation.  All we could see were stripes of his black and white fur and a little movement now and then when he changed position to get more comfortable.



We could see Bei Bei much more clearly on the Panda-cam just down the hall in the research center.  So sweet, but we're gonna have to go back to see him once he's more active and playful.