Saturday, December 19, 2009

It's Snowing!

We're currently having the biggest blizzard that DC/Maryland have seen in years. We're supposed to get almost two feet in a day and a half. In the days leading up to the storm, you'd think people were preparing for Armageddon.

People were stocking up on essentials and trying to finish last minute shopping - lines at Walmart snaked through the lines and took about 30 minutes to get through. The gas station was completely sold out of gas.

Jeff and I had a fool-proof plan to go from Baltimore up to our friend Stephanie's house in DC for a 'Tacky Xmas' party. The storm wasn't supposed to start until after midnight on Friday night, so we figured we'd get there at 9pm when it started and then leave by 11pm to beat the storm on our way back to Baltimore.

But this is what it looked like when we got to Stephanie's at 9:15pm:

So we decided to have a bit of an express-style Tacky Xmas, before turning back around and heading home.

We had some cider and brownies and took part in the Yankee Swap. (I think I might re-gift my 2010 Twilight calendar - any takers?) Jeff got this awesome grabber - 'as seen on TV.'

Then we started on the trip back to Baltimore. It took us over an hour just to get to the beltway - usually a 10 minute expedition. Traffic was pretty crazy - about a quarter of the cars just drove with their hazard lights on the entire time. Even though they were going the same speed as the other cars and they were in with the group of other cars. It's not clear how this is supposed to be helpful, and it makes it impossible for them to signal any lane changes, which seems less safe.

In any case, we made it back to Baltimore - the storm was less heavy as we got further north - I guess we were going a bit faster than the storm. We didn't quite make it all the way up the big hill by Jeff's house, so we had to do a bit of walking.

It looked like this when we woke up this morning, and it's still going strong!

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