6 hours ago
Friday, December 26, 2008
Yours truly, Christmas Day 2008, Seattle
Trying to move an ice boulder that was dumped at the end of our driveway by a snowplow isn't exactly what I planned on doing to celebrate Christmas, but so it goes.
Nearly every family tradition we've carefully kept through the years (going to church, visiting the zoo, eating Chinese food on our wedding china, a Christmas roll for breakfast made from a hot roll mix not available at the grocery store we were able to access, taking a ferry & long drive to be with our family on the Olympic Peninsula, etc.) was tossed along with repeated shovelfuls of snow this week. Our inability to travel on increasing amounts of slush & ice, our city's debate over the most environmentally aware way to get rid of them, and repeatedly clearing an unusually long driveway has made this week feel more like a bad rendition of Groundhog Day than a time of peace and joy.
Our house flooded last December due to heavy rainfall on snow, so today's flood watch has us more than a little anxious this morning. Previously we were told this storm wouldn't be too heavy but it sounds like all bets are off now.
Thankfully, our six year old son always made the best of every moment through it all. He is amazing and I'm trying to learn from him.