Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snowstorm Survival

As everyone knows by now, the Midwest has spent the last 48 hours enduring "the snowstorm of the century."  Chicago definitely took a hit, and Matt and I are proud to say we survived our first blizzard together.  (And I ain't talking about the Dairy Queen kind of blizzard.  Cause we all know I've had more than my fair share of those!)

Our snowstorm survival kit consisted of:

A stack of Netflix and Red Box movies... Magic blankets... (Magic blankets are the term my family used for the big, comfy blankets we snuggle with.  They're "magic" because you cuddle up with one and you're instantly asleep.  Like magic!) Bottomless morning coffee... Late night games of Skip-Bo... Chili in the crockpot... Sara Bareilles Pandora... Homemade chocolate shakes... Texting sweet friends in Texas who were braving the ice storm... Tall winter boots who make walking through the knee deep snow bearable...

Speaking of knee deep snow, Matt and I managed to walk around outside for a short bit today.  And of course, we snapped a few pictures!

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The snow was literally knee deep; it was insane!  When I went to open our back door, it was completely blocked with snow.  But with some pushing and shoving, I managed to get it open and trudge through a mountain of snow to get to a more shallow spot.  (Yes, this is the more shallow spot!)

DSCN4515Hahaha, this may look like a snow angel, but it was actually the aftermath of a "flying squirrel move" by Matt.  He ran, jumped, and the snow was literally like a giant pillow!  It was so cool (and totally reminded me of those foam pits that they have at gymnastic places.  You know, the ones you always flipped into at lock ins and birthday sleepovers.  Please tell me yall know what I'm talking about.  Anyone, anyone?)

DSCN4511The only thing better than a snow day?  Snow day hair :)

DSCN4508In most places, the snow was up past my knees.  Walking through it was literally a workout (as was the crazy laughing that went on as we trudged through it!)  I'm pretty sure our neighbors thought we were crazy.

DSCN4506The aftermath lol.  Our apartment did a great job at plowing the central areas like the spot above.  When I went to bed at 2:00 am, they were already going to work on the main sidewalks, so it was nice and shallow in a few spots this morning.

DSCN4512I may or may not have hummed a few Christmas carols when I saw these trees :)

DSCN4513Though we experienced our first Chicago snowstorm last January when we visited, it wasn't near as intense as this week's storm.  And though we are both from warm weather states (Matt from Arizona, me from Texas) we did just fine the past two days.  I think that means we're acclimating, hooray! :)

Those of you who endured the storm, how'd you do?  Any crazy stories?  I'd love to hear!  PS: I have some really exciting news to share in the next few days.  And I mean, really exciting!  Eeek, I can't wait!  Stay warm lovelies!

18 comments:

Amber's Notebook said...

OMG that's a lot of snow! Stay warm and safe!
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Lindsay said...

We've had a lot of snow here this winter and that's probably what my backyard looks like right now... But I can't imagine getting that much at once. That's insane! And looks like it was a lot of fun :) can't wait to hear your exciting news!!

MJ said...

OMG!! That is so much snow!! I can't believe that you made it out there and walked around in it. Stay warm and safe out there...

Can't wait to hear the exciting news!! :)

Whitney said...

I had to hug a pole to prevent myself from being blown back into the street after getting off the bus on Tuesday night. It was insane.

Stephanie said...

All I can say is oh my goodness I am glad you two are surviving!!! I can't believe how deep the snow was!! Stay safe you two!

Katy said...

I'm in Central IL. and we managed to get around 2feet, and keep power! It flickered a bunch...always while I was trying to cook.
We made Beignets and walked a block (in the snow drifts) to bring them to our friends, and my husband built a snow-dome in the front yard.
Sadly we are all back to work today, but all the schools are stilled closed.

RAW said...

Seriously, it's going to be a LONG winter. Glad you're finding ways to make it fun :)

I'm second guessing why I ever decided to move to Boston!

J and A said...

Looks fun! Grat pics! I know the foam pits you speak of! :)

katie@tulsadetails said...

And I thought we had a ton of snow!!!! Crazy!

Linley said...

if i ever get snowed in, i think i want to be snowed in with you! sounds like you two had a blast despite the blizzard!

Norma said...

whoa thats crazy! hmmm...do i really want to move to chicago?! lol!

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Alan said...

When did you start listening to Sara Bareilles on Pandora? Was it after I posted my Facebook post???? (I think someone is a copy cat).

PursuitOfLLT said...

omg, allison!!! you made it out alive!!

my brother sent us a picture of the snow and measuring tape. they got 25" it's just unreal!!

looks like you had a lot of fun!

and I'm excited for the news!!

Lauren Orozco said...

I love your snow pictures! I also love Sara Bareilles :)

Alicia said...

Oh MY GOODNESS!!! Wow, sorry so say but I'm happy I'm in California right now. Does look fun to play in the snow tho! ;) Stay warm this weekend!

Kinsey Michaels said...

the snow is so pretty but looks sooo cold! my sister is in Chicago like you are and said that she heard it was one of the bigger blizzards on record for Chicago!

London Lisa said...

Glad you guys survived the snow! I was thinking about ya when I saw the forecast! In other news, since you know so much about grad school, we should chat! I need all the advice I can get!

Katie said...

Your coat looks so cozy and warm! Have fun!
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