So… there’s a blizzard coming. And because I will be stuck in my house for the foreseeable future, I thought I would try liveblogging the storm. I’m not sure anyone will find this interesting except my mom, but I thought it might be a fun record to have.
Besides, it’s my blog. I can do what I want. So here we go.
7:00am – My boss is amazing and told us yesterday that we could telework today. So I just got out of bed. I’m exasperated, but not surprised that the federal government opted to open today. Basically, the offices are open and employees can telework (if eligible), take a vacation day, or they can go in and then leave 4 hours early, but no later than noon. They’re calling this a staggered departure to prevent everyone from being on the road at once, but I can think of one person in my office who might leave before 4 pm on a normal day. The snow is supposed to start between 12 and 2. This is a terrible idea.
8:00am – This quote from the local forecasters is interesting:
The way in which the system is presently developing also argues for the unbelievably-high totals to occur somewhere in this event. That somewhere could be here or very close by.
8:50am – Pippin is hunkered down, ready for the snow. Yes, I put a blanket in front of the heating vent for him. Don’t judge me.
9:40am – Kim begins bragging about how she now lives in Florida.
10:30am – I have now received robocalls from both the power company and my insurance company offering tips on how to stay safe. I interpret the one from the insurance company as “Don’t burn down your house, fool. We don’t want to pay for it.”
11:00am – I just realized that I live on the border between the 16-24″ range and the 18-30″ range. I’m short! 30 inches of snow is almost half my height!
11:45am – The storm is officially named “Snowzilla.” Apparently, the winning name was really “Make Winter Great Again,” but it’s just not as catchy. Oh, DC humor.
12:50pm – IT BEGINS.
1:25pm – The flakes are small, but steady.
2:35pm – The snow has picked up. It’s still relatively light and really pretty. But this is only the beginning. It’s sticking to the roads pretty significantly.
2:45pm – The flakes are much more significant now, but it’s still not very windy. Yet.
3:20pm – Total crafts completed: 1
4:30pm – The snow falling outside is so peaceful and beautiful. Sadly, I don’t think a blizzard is going to be very peaceful. But for now, it’s pretty gorgeous.
5:20pm – First round of snow shoveling complete. 2 inches so far, according to my trusty yardstick. Cleared off my sidewalks and my car. By the time I finished the car, the sidewalk had a nice coating of white again.
6:30pm – It would be wrong to put vodka into my smoothie, right? Eh, who cares.
7:45pm – Just finished round two of shoveling. My yardstick indicates that we’ve got somewhere between 3.5 and 4 inches. I think we’re supposed to wake up to a lot of snow in the morning.
9:30pm – It is dark and windy outside. Snow is clearly coming down pretty fast. And taking pictures through windows at night is hard.
What happens next? Check out part two.