linaewen: (Packer Rodgers)
Hugs to those of you who have inquired about how I was faring as a result of the recent blizzard here in the Midwest.  <3

I think we had something like 20 inches dumped on us in our part of Chicago.  We closed the Center in advance of the storm, and are still closed today for the benefit of our volunteers who will have a difficult time getting up here -- and it's unlikely any South Asians will dare to venture out (if they can even open their doors for the drifts).  Folks from countries where snow is a novelty only seen in the mountains are not adventurous at this time of year -- and I don't blame them.  ;-)  I don't expect we'll see too many ladies wanting to learn English for awhile, even when we open again!

We enjoyed the blizzard (because we like snow) and relished the thunder snow (don't get to have that too often, even in Wisconsin).  And we appreciated being able to serve as the go-to people for dealing with Center-related issues that came up because of the snow, since we live only a block away and can get there on foot no matter how high the drifts happen to be,.  ;-)  Even with the place closed, we can still get over there and get caught up on some of the work that needs doing that doesn't involve opening it up to the public -- if we want to.

But those snow drifts I mentioned are still a barrier in other ways, and are contributing to our current frustration and irritation.  We have at least 3 feet of snow (that's aside from the drifted snow) on the street where we live -- not to mention all the other side streets in the vicinity -- and more in the alleys due to the wind, and even if we dug our car out, we wouldn't be able to drive anywhere.  We have heard that they will be plowing the side streets for a change (they normally never do, you just drive on top of the snow until it gets flattened), but when that will happen is anybody's guess.  We have a shovel, and we know how to use it, but I'm not sure we are up to shoveling a path several city blocks long...

The frustration is that we have plans to leave town on the weekend for a 5 day vacation from the work here.  (We're just coming off of a long bit of being indispensable due to staffing shortages, and another time like that is approaching when we'll pretty much be in charge and won't be able to get away until next month.)  But will we be able to get our car out and to a main street that will take us to the interstate by Saturday evening?  Who knows?  And if we get out, will we have a place to come back to when we return?

The DS up in Wisconsin fared pretty well -- he was plowed out by the city by 8 am on Wednesday and once he used the snow blower on the driveway, he was able to get to work on time.  Everyone knows that McDonald's doesn't close during blizzards, since that's when everyone decides they need to get out and buy burgers, so he had to get to work.  ;-)  He also kept a dentist appointment and was able to drive around without too much trouble, though he did have a wee fender bender that thankfully no one even cared about, it was so tiny.  They know how to do blizzards in Wisconsin!

I just heard on the news that they have begun plowing the side streets, so here's hoping they get to ours in the near future, so we can escape to Wisconsin in time to be on Cheesehead soil for the watching of the Super Bowl, the intended "kick off" of our vacation week!  \o/

Speaking of which, Go Pack Go!  ;-)

Watch this space for more snow and Packer-related updates, as well as some major catching up on my part (as I notice that the last time I posted here was in November....)
linaewen: (Sunflower by JunoMagic)
Ah, I love the weather in the Midwest, it's never the same two days in a row.  ;-)

Yesterday was rainy and grey and rather depressing-looking -- except that it was 55 degrees and sooo warm, it was hard not to think of spring.  Today, it's barely 20 degrees, and it feels like less than that with the wind -- but the sun is shining so brightly and the sky is so blue, I just have to get out and go for a walk today!!

It was like that over the weekend, also, though we had a few days of sun and warm together.  It rained a lot, too, and that means flooding in our area of Wisconsin.  I was up there visiting my various family members, and got to see some lovely stretches of flooded fields and riverbanks as I drove to and fro.  I am thankful our house up there is on a ridge and not near the river!  Flooding is a real problem along that river, though -- the internet weather report has daily severe weather alerts for flooding rather than snow or thunderstorms!

It's always good to go up to Wisconsin to visit my DS, and this time I got over to where my dad lives and visited him, too -- which usually encompasses seeing the rest of my family, since they all live in the area.  So it was a nice, nice weekend.  It's also good to be back down in Chicago with the DH.  It's really a blessing to be able to go to and fro so often and to be happy wherever I end up!

One of my main jobs down here in Chicago is to teach English to South Asian immigrants.  I'm not really trained in ESL, though I seem to be able to manage to do all right, at least when it's one on one.  It's a little more tricky in a classroom situation.  I am going to an ESL seminar next month to learn a few tricks, and I am seriously considering taking some classes somewhere and getting some kind of certificate in the subject.  Hope it's not too late for this old dog to learn some new tricks.  ;-)
linaewen: (Snowy Fenceline by wizzicons)
Since some folks have come looking for me, I thought I'd better update and let you all know I'm here and doing fine.  Life is good here in Chicago, albeit a bit snowy and cold these days.  And getting colder.  We are going to have fun with Wind Chill Factors in the coming days -- even more so up in Wisconsin, where we will be spending the weekend.

Chicago is an interesting place to live in the wintertime.  They only plow the main streets, so the side streets have to fend for themselves.  This makes it very interesting when you have to park your car on the street.  People have begun setting chairs out in the street by the curb to mark the spots they have shoveled out -- it's understood that if you park somewhere where a chair or a cardboard box has been placed you are in Big Trouble.  So far, we have been able to find parking amidst the snow piles and have managed to get in and out, in spite of the piled up snow, and we haven't had to move our car much, either.  It's great not having to drive to work every day -- all we have to do is put on our boots and walk a block and we are there.

So after having a lovely long holiday with the family, we got back to Chicago and have been busy, busy ever since.  Nice busy, though.  Except for the year-end reports I've been working on.  That's more like boring busy, and they've taken up a lot of my time, too.

This weekend the DH and I are heading up to Wisconsin.  I'll leave him with the DS and go on to stay with my dad for a night while my brother is out of town.  I'll be crossing paths with my sister who is also helping out while Brother is away, so that will be fun.  I don't get to see her enough.

A pretty neat dream... )

There's probably other things I could share about what I'm up to but for the life of me I can't think of anything else!  I'll have to update more often, so I don't forget what it is I do all day.

ETA

I was saddened today to hear of the death of Ricardo Montalban.  I've been a fan of his for like forever!  I had the privilege of seeing him perform in person, back in the early '70's, when he was touring in something, I think it was Don Juan in Hell.  I've never forgotten the experience, even if I'm not so sure what the play was!  I'll have to see if I can dig up the program I almost certainly saved from it.

Here's one of the many good obituaries written about him today:

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/OBIT_MONTALBAN?SITE=WIMAD&SECTION=HOME 

linaewen: (Wintry Leaf by juno_icons)
Oooo, something to look forward to this weekend -- NOT!  Here's the news from a recently posted Severe Weather Alert:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING...SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP SATURDAY MORNING ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN AND BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES BY AFTERNOON.

THE PRECIPITATION IS THEN EXPECTED TO MIX WITH...THEN CHANGE TO SLEET BY LATE AFTERNOON AND THEN TO FREEZING RAIN BY EARLY EVENING FROM SOUTH TO NORTH.

A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF ICE COULD ACCUMULATE ON TOP OF THE SNOW BY LATE SATURDAY NIGHT. CURRENT INDICATIONS SHOW WIDESPREAD ACCUMULATIONS OF ICE TOTALING ONE QUARTER TO ONE THIRD OF AN INCH WILL FALL ON TOP OF THE SNOW... WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE.

TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL DETERIORATE QUICKLY WITH THE ONSET OF THE ACCUMULATING SNOW...AND MAY BECOME NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE WITH THE FREEZING RAIN DURING THE EVENING.

ICE ACCUMULATIONS SUCH AS THESE MAY CAUSE CONSIDERABLE TREE AND POWER LINE DAMAGE WITH WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES. IN ADDITION...SOUTHEAST WINDS GUSTING TO 30 MPH WILL FURTHER STRESS ICE- LADEN STRUCTURES. ICE ACCUMULATIONS WOULD LIKELY BE HIGHEST AWAY FROM THE WARMER SHORES OF LAKE MICHIGAN. NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE FOR POSSIBLE POWER OUTAGES.

It's possibilities like this that make one wonder why just about everything we own for cooking or heating is powered by electricity?

*is thankful for a gas fireplace but prays there will be no power outages*

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