An approaching storm -- 12/19/09

If you have just wandered in from Holidailies and wonder who's who, there's a brief introduction to various characters at the end of this entry...

There's a winter storm on its way. It has been heading towards us since yesterday, dumping snow through North Carolina and Virginia, heading up the coast, Washington is getting hit now (7 to 9 inches on the ground already and between one and two feet expected), New York City next, then up along the coast to hit us late this afternoon. We're expecting to get between half a foot to a foot of snow with very strong winds and a blizzard warning has been issued for Long Island, Rhode Island, and the Cape for tonight.

And I'm not bothered a bit.

We have food. We have firewood. I anticipate spending Saturday night and Sunday sitting in the living room with a fire in the fireplace, reading, relaxing, maybe watching a movie (we have Milk from Netflix), decorating our Christmas tree, etc. The tree has been in place all week, but we've never had time to put any ornaments or lights on it: Jeremy has been working (and also had a final project for a course he is taking), Jill had final exams all week (including one scheduled for three o'clock this afternoon -- yes, URI has finals on Saturdays), Nancy has been busy... and I am somewhat hobbled by this moon boot on my foot. (I'm pleased to note that I do not have any heel pain while wearing it... although my boot also means that snow removal chores will fall to Jeremy & Jill & Nancy.)

So... I have to get ready to go out later this morning for a niece's graduation, followed by a celebratory lunch, then some errands about town (with Nancy driving), and then back home (hopefully) before the snow really begins, to spend the rest of the weekend warm by the fire, watching the snow fall outside.

A brief introduction for those of you wandering in here from Holidailies for the first time: I'm just a middle-aged guy (but somehow I hit 66 on my last birthday) who lives in Rhode Island with my wife Nancy (a middle-school math teacher), daughter Gillian ("Jill" -- 27 yr old college student and baker), son Jeremy (24 yr old restaurant cook and part-time college student), and Tiger (senior citizen cat). Eldest child Adam lives in New York City with his wife Leah and our grandsons Sam and Milo. I'm a former programmer/systems analyst who got involved with software training and instructional design. For the past several years I have been working from home (you can't beat the short commute!) doing quality assurance and editing on course material for both classroom courses and Web-based training courses for a very big computer company. I've been writing this online journal since 1996.

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