After the big snow from a few days ago, Liz thought it would a fun idea to let the bunny rabbits experience snow for the first time. So we filled a small litterbox full of the stuff, and brought it inside for Phineas and Daisy to check out.
A little after 8AM, I decided to venture out to clear some snow. Liz and I were both working from home today, which – I just have to say is really awesome. That we are both able to do our jobs remotely is a serious luxury. And it was nice to be able to stay inside, on a day like today.
With news of the upcoming storm (Chicago is expected to get from 7″ – 10″ of snow, and up to 14″ in some areas), Liz and I decided it would be a good idea to stock up on some food before the weekend. It was a thought that, apparently, everyone else in the neighborhood had as well. On arriving at…
The snow that was falling wasn’t quite hail, but ticked on the roof and windshield of the car. So I knew each bit carried a bit of weight.
On our walk to the train, Liz and I barely saw anyone else. There were a few, significant whiteout moments due to all the lake effect snow we were getting. For a few minutes there, it felt like we were the only two crazy people in our neighborhood, braving the weather to go in to work.
Though he’s too small, I imagined him clinging to the tip of a tree branch – having made it through the worst of our winter, only to finally succumb today, after having persevered through this year’s blizzard.
This bit of snow along our handrail has been leaning over more the past day or two. Each time I walk by, I’m careful not to disturb it – I genuinely want to see how far it will bend, before it totally crumbles under its own arc/weight.
On going to the window, I spotted a Chicago Water Management truck, parked outside. I actually went out on my front porch to watch, and saw a guy slowly opening up the fire hydrant a bit – enough that a small spray of water shot out (that’s the dark area in the street, behind that car).
Despite the large amounts of snow we’ve gotten the past 36 hours, yesterday I had to go and dig out our car and visit our house in Hyde Park. I wanted to go and check up on the furnace and condensate pump, and to just do a general check on all the bathrooms/sinks.
Yesterday, we had our first snowfall in Chicago. I think technically we had some out at O’Hare on Wednesday, but yesterday was the first time a sizable amount of snow fell over downtown Chicago.
You weren’t always so grown up. Remember when you used to run outside, to play in the sun or the rain? Or better yet, when you would spend hours out in the snow, building forts and snowmen? This was back when you didn’t get so cold so quickly, when you could go without gloves and your laughter kept you warm….
Today, starting around the late afternoon, we began getting a good amount of thick, thick snowfall. While I wasn’t super crazy about getting even more snow, I have to admit it was quite beautiful. Walking around in the afternoon felt like being inside a very large snowglobe. Even the sound of traffic didn’t spoil how serene it felt. As people…
I was up super early this morning, and headed to the gym around 6AM. While I did shovel out my spot yesterday, I didn’t go so far as to claim dibs on the space by putting a chair or two to save it. I did it briefly, when I first moved to Chicago… but haven’t really done it ever since….
Looking down the alley, I spotted a guy whose car was stuck. Not in a parking spot, not in a garage – the car was stuck right smack in the middle of the alley. From afar, I asked if I could take his photo and he said “Sure.” Then, he told me to wait and climbed up on top of his car with his snow shovel.
This is Logan Boulevard. See that patch of snow near the bottom of the photo? That’s the curb. I slid off into the street several times because the curb was buried underneath snow. Logan Boulevard is normally four lanes, but cars were only driving in the middle. So while I was walking around… I was inadvertently walking down the street without even knowing it.