The Mid-Atlantic Weather Forecasters
get a prize for nailing this one. Now if select other folks had actually heeded the warning, we might have Peter at home with us instead of stuck in Virginia. Technically not stuck, as I suppose he can leave his corporate digs anytime he likes, though not sure where he is going to go except maybe the exercise room? From what we have gleaned, nearly everything is closed, especially those important places like airports.
It is certainly reasonable that they shut down, however, if the stars had aligned as they could have, he would be here right now. Instead his original flight was canceled, his new flight was canceled, and now we should be holding our breath regarding the third flight. I have somewhat given up, though, especially that close to 2,000 flights per airport were canceled this weekend AND another storm is set to bear down on Tuesday (if the forecast holds true). Frankly, I think it will be nothing short of a miracle if he actually flies out on Monday. Normally I would not be so frantic, but with everything we have left to do, and give the reason why he is there is the first place....each day he is gone is a day lost before he's deployed and the kids aren't letting either one of us forget that..but who can blame them?
To answer another question that may be out there, yes, frankly, we are jealous. We haven't seen snow (up close and personal) since we left Iceland, and we miss it! It's not about missing school or work closing early (that NEVER happened in Iceland), just about the winter fun. The wet mittens drying on the hissing radiator, the red noses, and the steamy hot cocoa after a morning of snowy adventures. Yes, we could drive someplace, but I would much rather have the snow come to me.
I was thinking about it last night, and realized this would be the ideal time to post pictures from winter snows of the past. It was perfect, until I realized that I couldn't find many snow pictures from 2002-2005. I have no idea what could have happened, and hope this isn't another loss from last year's move. Though those were the SD years, so guessing maybe I was just a little scatterbrained. Or maybe having too much fun in the snow to take pictures? Though it could very well have been the PCS from Iceland...the move that we thought went so smoothly until we learned of the Great Bookcase Mix-up of 2008. I sincerely hope whoever is using the bookcase my mother sanded and stained to perfection is enjoying it, as the one received instead is not quite of the same caliber.
I ended up finding a few photos from what appears to be early 2000 and several from early 2005. If I remember correctly, it was mid-February of 2000, which would also explain why Peter was actually home to take Caitlin sledding. He would have been in RSO school (having just finished language) and would have normal work hours for the duration of our time in Virginia. After a very hectic schedule for the first 14 months on the job (and of Caitlin's life), we really enjoyed having him around a bit more before our first big move overseas to Caracas.