February 01, 2015

Snowed in

Last night with my friends was fantastic! I was friends with mostly guys in high school, and they are hysterical. I'm always guaranteed to laugh until my face hurts when I hang out with them.

My younger brother, Nathan, planned a fun night with my kids so that Jerry and I could go out, and we headed over to Eric's house at around 6:00. Eric's wife, Maris, made chili, so I had a bowl of her sweet potato chili and it was delicious. We had drinks, and snacks, and chatted, and the time went by way too fast.

I had told Nathan we'd be back by 12, and even thinking it would be more like 11, but we ended up staying until around 12:30. We played Cards Against Humanity, so we kept saying, "Okay, just one more round!" So it ended up being a late night for us, but so much fun.

We knew that we were supposed to get snow dumped on us all through the night and all day today, so we didn't make any plans for today. I was surprised that when I woke up (at 5:00--I wanted to sleep in so badly, but I just couldn't sleep) that there wasn't much snow. Maybe an inch or two? I assumed that was the end of it, but in the late morning, it started snow again, and didn't stop ALL DAY LONG.

This is a terrible picture, because it's so dark, but you can see on the deck rail how piled up it got.

We had a movie day--all four of us in our pajamas--watching three full movies back-to-back. We started with Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, because I was shocked when Jerry told me he'd never seen it. I've always loved that movie!! I quote from it sometimes, but Jerry never knows what I'm talking about, so now I'm glad that he's seen it. The kids thought it was funny, too.

Next, we watched another movie Jerry had never seen: Annie. Doesn't everybody's mom make them watch Annie at some point in his or her childhood?! Haha, I've even seen the play a few times! So we watched that one (from 1982), and the kids really liked it. They said that now they want to go see the new Annie movie, so maybe I'll take them soon.

We finished our movie fest with Armageddon. Jerry and I love those "end of the world" type of movies, and Armageddon has been a favorite, so I thought the kids might like it. Noah watched some of it, but Eli wasn't really interested.

As we were watching Armageddon, we got a phone call from the school's alert system saying that school for tomorrow would be canceled due to the "inclement weather". The kids were obviously thrilled about that! I'm a little bummed, because when the school is canceled, the rec center is also closed, so I won't be able to go do a deep water run tomorrow (and I didn't go today). I may try this week to get in a couple of "doubles"--once in the morning and once in the evening. My ankle is back to feeling 100% normal again when I walk. I really just wish my appointment with the podiatrist would get here already! I'm curious what he'll say about it.

We didn't have plans for the Super Bowl tonight, but even if we had, we would still be snowed in at home. I usually go watch a Lifetime movie in the bedroom while Jerry watches the game, anyway ;)

Tomorrow is Motivational Monday, so if you have a photo you'd like to submit, you can find instructions to do so here. Hope everyone had a great weekend!


  1. Sounds like the perfect way to go out, and then hunker down for the blizzard! It's been dicey out here in Chicago too!

  2. Hi Katie! When I was having foot troubles and couldn't exercise, I used Jessica Smith's YouTube chair workouts. They might be just the thing for a injury-plagued snow day when you can't get to the pool. Something is always better than nothing, right?

  3. I had to do chair workouts with my knee surgery too. YouTube has so many workouts! Upper body, no impact, yoga, just abs...you name it. Wiifit has stuff too. Even meditation or that breathing kundalini yoga can help with the frustration. Gotta think outside the box when you are injured. Love your blog!

  4. Funny - we just watched the old version of Annie with our kids 2 weeks ago, too! At first they were very skeptical, but they ended up loving it!

  5. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0566651/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t16

    Fun fact: I went to college with "Gruber" and got to speak to him at my friend's dance performance when I was a freshman and he was a senior. H.O.T.


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