Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
That just seems old for me....
Maybe because she is married with a baby and I am.....well...not. =)
But we had a lot of fun. It is always good to see the girls and especially little Layla!
Friday, January 16, 2009
Last night was the first night of my class for this quarter. Unfortunately, the only place the class I need is offered is at the Chicago campus. My school has an Elgin campus (classes there would be great!), Wheeling campus (fine!), Lisle campus (fine!), Skokie campus (not fine) and a Chicago campus (not fine). There is no good way to get to Skokie and it would probably take me over 2 hours to get there by car. It is the same with Chicago. There is no way I can get there in time driving....so I have to take the train. The train leaves Bartlett at 3:38. Which means I am going to have to leave work a few minutes early (we put our kids on the bus at 3:30), drive to the train station, park, and run to the platform.
Sounds simple. But the thing is.....I'm not so much a fan of the city OR public transportation. In fact, both of them freak me out and make me very anxious. And my class is at least a 20 minute walk from the train station! Luckily, I have the best mom in the world and she offered to ride with me on the train and find my class the first night. Dad drove down after work to meet her.
Me on the train
We made it down, walked to class in the -31 wind chill (because if I didn't do it with mom last night, I would never figure out which way to go on my own!), mom left, I had my class, walked back, FOUND the station, got on the RIGHT train, and made it back to Bartlett where Adam picked me up because it was -14 and -34 with the windchill. 1 down. 9 more nights to go!
P.S. My toes were so frozen that I actually took my shoes off in class and sat Indian Style with my feet tucked in my legs on my chair to warm them up, my top and bottom eye lashes were frozen together, and I'm really not sure how I was walking because I literally could not feel my legs.
I thought I would post this because I wore this necklace to class last night because it made me think of summer and summer makes me happy. My friend Erin from work gave this to me for Christmas and I love it!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
The temperature according to weather.com is:
This is our second weather related closing of the year. Lots of teachers are happy. Not me! I don't want to come extra days in June. And we didn't even have kids today. Preschool didn't have class and we just were supposed to have meetings. What a waste of a snow day! The first snow day was the Friday before winter break. What a waste that day was too! It was supposed to be fun all day! Also, I feel like we just got back from winter break, so I don't need the day off. AND Monday is MLK day, so we had the day off then anyway!
But I guess I shouldn't complain because I am getting important things done...like blogging!
Hope you California people are staying warm. I bet you never close school because of the cold!
Here is the extended trailer if by some chance you have been hiding under a rock and haven't seen it yet!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Issued by The National Weather ServiceChicago, IL 7:53 pm CST, Mon., Jan. 12, 2009
... WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT... ... BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 12 PM CST TUESDAY... ... BLIZZARD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT...
A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 12 PM CST TUESDAY. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT. A BLIZZARD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
SNOW IS MOVING ACROSS NORTHERN ILLINOIS EARLY THIS EVENING AND WILL SPREAD OVER NORTHERN INDIANA DURING THE LATE EVENING HOURS. STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. NORTHWEST WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN OVERNIGHT TO 20 TO 30 MPH WITH FREQUENT GUSTS TO 35 MPH. THE COMBINATION OF FRESH SNOW COVER... CONTINUED LIGHT SNOW OVERNIGHT... AND STRONG GUSTY WINDS WILL LEAD TO BLIZZARD OR NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AND DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS... WITH WIDESPREAD VISIBILITIES OF ONE QUARTER OF A MILE OR LESS. TRAVEL WILL BECOME EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND MAY BECOME NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE LATE TONIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. WINDS WILL BEGIN TO DIMINISH IN SPEED TOWARD MIDDAY TUESDAY.
IN ADDITION... ARCTIC AIR MOVING INTO NORTHERN ILLINOIS BEHIND THIS SYSTEM WILL ALSO PRODUCE BITTER WIND CHILLS OF 15 BELOW TO 20 BELOW TUESDAY MORNING.
ANOTHER CLIPPER SYSTEM WILL TRACK ACROSS NORTHERN ILLINOIS AND INDIANA ON WEDNESDAY... BRINGING ANOTHER ROUND OF SNOW. THIS SYSTEM... POTENTIALLY... LOOKS EVEN STRONGER THAN THE SYSTEM TRACKING ACROSS THE REGION TONIGHT. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE AGAIN... WITH ACCUMULATING SNOW BEGINNING EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING AND BLIZZARD FORCE WINDS BEGINNING WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUING INTO THE NIGHT.
A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS... MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED... STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES... AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
A BLIZZARD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FALLING AND/OR BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND EXTREMELY POOR VISIBILITIES. THIS CAN LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND MAKE TRAVEL VERY DANGEROUS.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Last night Adam and I drove down to Springfield to go to the Illinois Specialty Growers conference. This is the week of their annual conference and the pre-conference today was all about Pumpkins. We made really good time and had a lot of fun listening to the music on my new iPod. I put all 2,895 songs on shuffle and it was fun listening to really old songs along with new ones. It was also fun to sing together to songs that were popular long before we ever met.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Then I screwed in 76 little hooks
Happy New Year honey!
I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Years Eve! Although 2008 was a good year, I am looking forward to even more fun in 2009!
Friday, January 02, 2009
He went downstairs on Saturday morning to find this in his cellar:
8 or so inches of water found their way into his cellar. His brothers came over to help him and they used a small pump to try to get some out. When it got low enough, they rented a roto rooter and rooted out the drain and finally (at about 10:30 at night) most of the water drained out. You gotta love old houses! Luckily it is a cellar and not a basement and although the water was around the furnace and washer and dryer, no personal belongings of his got ruined.