Well hello there. We are currently snowed in and hoping our power withstands MOAR snow. So you may have heard about Raleigh/Durhams’s cluster fuck yesterday? No? here ya go:
Yup. We were a disaster….and we almost got stuck with the thousands of others. This was how fast this happened .
@12:00pm – I picked up Landon from preschool
@12:15pm – It started lightly snowing and I picked up Ollie and Kevin at SAS.
@12:30pm – Arrive home with just snow coming down.
@12:45pm – We get back in car with packed bags, food and dog to go to my in laws to anticipate power going out (they have a generator). When we pull out of our driveway, we are sliding. Uh oh.
@12:50pm – Traffic on first main road is at a crawl. Barely moving. It is hard to start after stopping.
@1:30pm – We have made it maybe 3/4 of a mile on a primary road. Google maps is bleeding.
@1:45pm – Ollie started whining. Landon asks why we are in the car so long. YAY! I see we are literally a few hundred feet from Kevin’s aunt and uncle. I call “um can we crash your house?”
So we bailed and stayed the afternoon and evening with family. WE ARE SO FREAKIN LUCKY. They had a crib (grandson Conor…remember him?), toys, beds, a dog bed and wifi :). The boys just adore them and it was actually pretty fun.
We had brought everything with us…including leftover spaghetti. We were only missing dog food. Luckily Jack had spaghetti and bread for dinner and a peanut butter bagel for breakfast. So we played, ate, visited and snoozed happily while it snowed. Mid afternoon, Uncle Jeff, Landon and K took a big thermos of coffee out to the main road for the people stuck in gridlock. It’s like a damn Hallmark movie.
The next hurdle was it was supposed to start dumping more snow at noon on Thursday. So K shoveled the tricky spots out of their hood and we packed up and hoped. We got home just in time before the next snow fall (it is still going strong now). Next up is the water freezing tonight! HOORAY. We are just crossing our fingers we don’t have any down trees because OMG WHY DO WE HAVE SO MANY GIANT TREES HERE?!
As a contrast, the people at SAS that waited until closing (1:30) had a tougher time. Some stayed there. Some got hotels. Or, like my poor boss, got stuck in a car with an infant who needed his mama. He spent hours just getting to the grocery store halfway between their house and work. He then got his first formula and bought all the warmth they could, wrapped him in his coat, and walked 2 miles home. Both boys made it home safely but HOLY FREAKING HELL PEOPLE! This mess was no joke.
Let’s see what tomorrow holds…