Monthly Archives: February 2011

Then, it got FUN

The wonder of the city being covered in a foot and a half of snow is….where will they put it?
On Friday morning, Little O had music class.  I believe it is actually musik class, but that isn’t important.  The Parakeet was very ready to get him out of the house and allowed a lot of time for walking to the car (playing in the snow) and getting to class (finding a parking spot that was shoveled out and available).

Somewhat related tangent:  The Huz spent over an hour and a half clearing the snow out from around their car so the Parakeet would be able to escape Friday morning. The spot was, understandably, occupied when she came home and she shoveled her way into another one. Saturday, she went to a party for work in the afternoon.  When she returned, both the spots they had shoveled were reserved with lawn chairs.  Seriously?  It is one thing to hold the spot you slaved over digging out with furniture. It’s another to hold the spot WE shoveled out with furniture.

Back to the fun part:  Little O was ready to go outside. He had four layers on top, three on bottom, two pairs of socks, gloves, a hat….he was prepared.
The snow that gets plowed doesn’t go away when the wind chills are below zero, so the corner of our block has a HUGE pile. Little O and the Keet have nicknamed it “Snow Mountain”.  Friday morning, he worked very hard to get himself to the top.  He paused momentarily for throwing “Snow Rocks”.  When he got to the top he said, “Yay! I did it! Now I can see all the cars.”  Well, pretty much with the O-ster it’s always about cars. and trucks.


Crafty Fun

Winter does seem the to do some making of things. Seriously – no picnics to plan, beaches to lay on or trees to climb – so, make something.

The Parakeet went way back to her youth on two accounts a week or so ago.  She made sure that Little O sent thank you cards AND they decorated them with potato stamps.  This is super easy. She cut a potato in half. Then, she used small cookie cutters to outline the shapes into the potato. She cut away the extra with a knife.  She laid out envelopes and cards on Little O’s cool table and he stamped away.  He liked to rub the stamp around, so most of you got ‘splotchy’ cards but hopefully you are appreciating the sentiment

The Parakeet also got out the sewing machine recently. For the first time in a while. She has never been a seamstress and barely knows how to do the basics, but she has been wanting to do more and more. She made her littlest nephew a blanket for Christmas. She had a few fights with the bobbin, but all in all it worked. She did a second one for a friend whose baby is due in March.  That one went even smoother after the Keet chatted with her mom about tension and reading manuals.  One can only get better with practice….

Saturday,  the Keet and O made Valentine’s.  After sweeping and vacuuming and watching sparkles fly off the O as he ran from room to room – the Huz made an official request that no glitter be used in the house for one month. Noted. No pics of those yet – you might be getting one in the mail.

Now, go make something.

Blizzard Time

It is true. The Midwest was ROCKED this week.  The Parakeet has for sure never seen this much snow.  The News keeps reminding her of this as they repeat over and over that it is the third-worst snowstorm to hit Chicago. EVER.

The hype seemed unreal, but the whole thing was pretty scary.  A friend from church was stuck on Lake Shore Drive for hours after work until he was put in a bus and taken to a hospital for BREAKFAST.

The Parakeet and Little O ran a few important errands the morning it all hit:  They went to Jewel for Milk. Yes -with everyone. Sorry – who wants to dig your car out just for milk. Then, they went to the library and returned Little O’s books for some fresh stories. Hey – they needed options if the next 48 were going to be mandatorally inside.  Then, to the thrift store! Why was that so important as a precursor to Snowmaggedon? Well….the Parakeet hadn’t bought Little O any snowpants this year.  She kept meaning to, but wondered if he’d really use them and pretty soon it is February 1st and he has no snow pants and neither does Target. If Target doesn’t have it, ya’ll…..So she went to the trusty Village Discount and in a reliable 2T Navy Blue…VICTORY! Once the snow stops falling – surely it will be awesome to fall down all over it.

Two Side Notes:  1.  The Huz and Parakeet gave up their garage to cut expenses. On Feb 1st.  Unfortunate. 2.  The Parakeet took a call from her boss about getting their office a new refrigerator at some point during these errands. The phone is no where to be found – lost in the snowpocalypse between library and thrift. Unfortunate – again.

So, the blizzard came just as ‘they’ said. By 2pM the skies were looking white. The huz headed home around 2:30 and little O slept sound.  The Parakeet channeled her mid-western genes (biological and acquired) and put an Arm Roast in the crock pot with potatoes and onion and cream of mushroom soup.  Then, she worked on the computer until the Huz came through the door.

It snowed and snowed and snowed and howled and snowed.  They started Friday Night Lights on netflix. That show is good. They went to bed at 1AM. It was still snowing….

The next day…

That is our street. Under there. Somewhere.  At the top of the pic was a person walking around with skis. Smart thinking – they were moving quicker than most.

On the right, the poor car. Oh jeez….

Tromp-ing down the ‘sidewalk’

It’s hard to resist that pretty white SNOW!!