Thursday, February 13, 2014

Adventures in Getting Stuck in the Snow

For the past few days, the news and weather here in NC has abuzz about us getting more snow.

After last week’s little flurry, I’m sad to say that we didn’t actually take the forecast too seriously. Our local weather was predicting anywhere from 1 to 3 inches starting around lunch time. Since I’ve been sick all week, I was already home and made the choice to make a quick trip to the grocery store for some fresh produce.

When snow is in the forecast, some folks go buy milk and bread….

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Which, I don’t totally understand by the way, but anyways…..

I actually like to get some fresh fruit and veggies when it snows, like…

CLEMENTINES! My favorite.

AND it’s a good thing I ran out to the grocery store, because that 1-3 inches forecast…

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turned out to be a bit wrong. Just a bit.

Here in the Triangle of NC, we found ourselves in a bit of an…Atlanta situation. The snow started just after lunch, so folks left work right around the same time. Luckily, schools were closed, so there were no school buses caught in the mess, but commuters found themselves caught.

My co-worker Katie lives about 35-40 minutes away from work, so when she called to say that she had left work an hour ago and had only made it less than a mile, we decided she should aim for my house instead of trying to head home.

What should have taken 10-12 minutes, took her nearly FIVE hours! I don’t understand why folks were abandoning their cars….which clogged roads quite a bit. I mean friends, folks were just leaving their cars in the middle of the road! Below is what Katie encountered and kept traffic at a stand still for over an hour. Yep, the car on the right is just abandoned in the middle of the road!

Pull onto the sidewalk people! Oh Southerners.

So five hours later, Katie made it to the Ravelli House, and Parrish and I were more than happy to have her. She really lucked out, because Steak Fajitas were on the menu!

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So Darn Good!

Steak marinated in Mojo Criollo topped with Cabot Seriously Sharp, Caramelized Onions and Red Pepper, Avocado, and a dollop of Greek Yogurt. Parrish and I enjoyed ours served in a gluten free Rudi’s tortilla wrap. Katie turned her fajitas in to a salad so she could follow her Whole 30 Eating Plan.

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We ate the above deliciousness, while watching the Syracuse – Pitt game. Wow. What an ending.

As we went to bed last night, it was still sleeting. Covering our 5-6 inches of snow with a 1/4 inch sheet of ice. We knew the forecast was calling for more snow today, so we made a plan to try to help Katie get home during a small window of time in the morning.

Oh yeah, the other thing about Southerners and Snow is that most of us don’t have the right equipment to scrape our cars, since we rarely have to.

But don’t worry! In a pinch, your dust pan works great!

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Luckily, Parrish and I live fairly close to a main highway, and Katie lives right off it as well. So once we checked the roads and saw that I-40 was fairly clear, I scraped her car and Parrish gathered cardboard in case Katie’s car got stuck. 30 minutes later she on her way and I’m happy to say, made it home safely!

And just in time too, our forecast for today is another 1-3 inches…which I’m hoping is actually accurate. I don’t think I could handle a solid foot of snow.

So Parrish and I are both working from home today. I’m hoping I have all the ingredients to bake some gluten free cookies. My appetite is FINALLY back and all I can think about are cookies!

What about you?

Are you experiencing wacky winter weather where you are?