Washington Without Plows, Power or Provisions?

Sorry I was not able to do a “What Is Open on Monday” post today, the day you probably most need it with cabin fever insanity reaching record levels and with the kids all out of school.  To those of you that e-mailed or Tweeted me wondering where my 4-1-1 post was, I apologize that I was not able to personally get back to you with tailored activity ideas like I normally try to do.

You see, my road has not been plowed, and we are three city blocks of waist-deep snow from any major roads.  We’ve tried carrying the kids on our backs down to the highway, but they start hysterically crying and fighting with each other every time we try.

My husband (the one whose job pays the mortgage) was feverishly working from home today while I fiendishly tried to occupy the kids and keep any blood-curdling screams from reaching his conference calls to his team all morning. I also had to clean a disgustingly dirty house that four people and two animals have not been able to leave for 72 hours before our neighbors arrive tonight for a Snowmageddon drinks, dessert and more drinks party.

So those of you that wanted to know what was open, that means that your road has been plowed. It means you are able to leave and go somewhere.  Anywhere.

So while I am sincerely sorry I could not help you, I also ENVY YOU.

However, I obviously have power and Internet and thus I am well-aware that I am totally enviable and blessed myself.  My friend Jodifur in Potomac?  She texted today that she expects to be out of power until FRIDAY.  Other friends in Rockville just returned home from the Bethesda Marriott where they took refuge with their four kids for a few days and found  $300 worth of groceries rotten in their fridge.

These are hard times people. (Yummm, Hard Times, how I miss you.)

I’d suggest we all virtually hold hands and sing  Kumbaya around virtual fires, but at our house we ran out of firewood over here on Saturday.

But you know what we still have over here?  Heineken, La Crema, 10 pounds of frozen edamame and a huge box of World’s Finest chocolate bars that my kid is supposed to sell for a school fundraiser.  Things could be worse.

Yes my friends, I’ll be here all the week.  Try the veal.

Comments

  1. Sue Williams says

    Ahhhh, Jess, thanks for the laugh.  I read this from the “business center” at the Gaithersburg Wyndham hotel.  Alas, we have no power and aren’t expecting it any time soon.  So much for stocking up on groceries – I’ll soon be throwing them all away.  Sigh.  Can’t wait for tomorrow’s snow!   But we too are safe and making the best of a crazy situation.  Red wine, I think I love you.

  2. Sorry you are trapped at home.  I know the feeling.  I am home with my two kids also and have not been out of the neighborhood since LAST THURSDAY!!  Thank you for the laugh though, and for reminding me that it could be worse!  Our street is plowed, I just haven’t the courage to try it yet. 

  3. Jess – great great post — your “huge box of World’s Finest chocolate bars” comment made me laugh hard for the first time snice our power went out Saturday morning in oh-dark-hundred 6 AM.  We trekked thru 7 blocks of waist-deep snow to my mom’s house that never lost power , etc.  We got home today and i can not wait to sleep in my own bed.  PS/ No plow as of tonight, Monday at 8:30.  Plyers Mill is like a devil tempting me w/ its plowed black pavement.  Well, at least DH is home to share the joy w/ us tomorow!  hugs to all, —-P.

  4. LeticiaTechSavvyMama says

    Add edamame chocolate fondue to tonight’s dessert list! Glad you are with power and finally plowed!  Virtually clinking my glass to yours!

  5. I completely understand your frustration… We are still wait ing to get plowed as well. We are consumed with cabin fever and are feeling like caged animals. It doesn’t help when there are cars constantly being stuck in the snow- my husband had to walk to the main road and his dad drove him to the Giant. they brought back the groceries on sleds! I feel lucky that we are able to do even that- I know that people are without power. I hope that we all will be safe for this next pile of snow coming this afternoon!

  6. I completely understand your frustration… We are still waiting to get plowed as well. We are consumed with cabin fever and are feeling like caged animals. It doesn’t help when there are cars constantly being stuck in the snow on our street.
    My husband had to walk to the main road and his dad drove him to the Giant. They brought back the groceries on sleds! I feel lucky that we are able to do even that- I know that people are without power. I hope that we all will be safe for this next pile of snow coming this afternoon!

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