If there's one thing we do well in the D.C. area, it's get all worked up about snow. I read that Chicago-based President Obama was incredulous when he encountered the first snowfall here and the schools closed right away. I'm sure many of my northern readers will laugh, too, but I haven't been able to do much of anything else except prepare for ... SNOWPOCALYPSE! Run for the hills! It's SNOWMAGGEDON!
The first flakes are hitting the ground now, but if the weather forecasters are right, we're in for an historic storm. Somewhere between 20-28 inches is what they are calling for now. But it's not the snowfall itself that has me preparing. It's the blizzard winds we're expecting tonight. In my neighborhood, we lose the power if someone sneezes. So I'm fully expecting that though the snow itself may not be dramatic, the power loss will be rather inconvenient. I'm charging everything I have and am trying to crank out as much work as possible ahead of time.
I have bought the usual supplies: ice melt, candles, batteries, toilet-paper (why? I don't know, it's a reflex), snack foods, etc. I am well stocked with DVDs. I even dug out the solar-powered emergency radio my folks gave me a few years ago, just so I can be amused by the snow hype when we lose power.
And all this for a 24-hour snowstorm. Which will melt in God's gracious design. So while we have a good laugh at ourselves around here, I am going to give the rest of you another reason to laugh: Check out last week's Friday Funnies from the Girl Talk blog. It's amusing what children "learn" from us--especially on how their baby siblings arrive!
But if you have any survivalist tips, make sure to pass them along! ;)