Wednesday, January 30, 2013

murphy's law, mother nature, coffee grounds

To recap:  I didn't go grocery shopping on Monday because the kids had no school and I was all Let's stay home and play and I'll do that tomorrow when you go back to school all day.  Then Tuesday they had a 2 hour delay and because of icy rain.  Then fog rolled in, so I decided to delay grocery shopping until visibility exceeded 1/8 of a mile.  Mid-afternoon I packed up my canvas shopping bag and my list and swung by a visitation for a very sweet and fascinating gentleman who died over the weekend.  I assumed the fog would dissipate by 2:30 and I'd head to the store after the visitation.

That's when I discovered that everyone in town agrees that this gentleman is worth paying respect to, so the church was packed and the line wrapped around itself.  I stood in that line a mighty long time (in front of the most annoying and horrible woman in the whole county who prattled ON and ON about "the big swimming pool" in the middle of the church and how LONG the WAIT was and "holy water freaks me out" at full volume which had me clenching my teeth and trying to conjure up happy thoughts so I wouldn't reach around and punch her in the throat).  I'm glad I endured the line and the irritation standing behind me since my kids are pals with this man's grandkids, I know his daughter, I work in the PS kitchen with his wife who is pretty terrific herself.  After paying my condolences, I walked outside where the fog had lifted.  It was raining.  I checked my phone.  It was nearly 4:00.  Mr. B had to be at a basketball game by 5:45, Mr. G and I had to be to church by 6:00, I had to monitor homework and feed everyone supper.  No way was I shopping--there was no time to squeeze it in--it takes an hour to drive to the store, shop and drive home.  That doesn't count "unloading."

Mr. G and I returned home from church around 8:30 to learn that Mr. B had left his basketball jersey on a bleacher at the high school.  Mr. D was in no mood to drive him back to retrieve it.  By the time I got the boy, the jersey and myself back home from our successful trip to the high school, it was 9:00.  I scowled at the forecast.  Things looked bleak, but no way was I heading out that late at night to grocery shop.

Today they cancelled school because it's a blizzard outside.  The roads are impassable.  We live in the country where they're particularly impassable. 

On a bright note, now I have an opportunity to get creative in the kitchen.  I have enough coffee to get us through about three more days.  It's really pretty outside.  And even though we won't get to karate tonight, I can break a sweat shoveling snow off the driveway.

Silver linings.



15 comments:

  1. You just made me miss the snow. It's 71 degrees here and we are under a tornado watch.... so weird for January.

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  2. Haha! That sounds about right. Strange how that happens, isn't it? "Punch her in the throat" hehe! That made me laugh. Sounds like something I would be thinking. ;)

    Murphy's law:

    I spent all day yesterday making 13 dozen cookies and two pans of brownies and some muffins for a bake sale at the kids' school open house tonight that will most likely be cancelled because of the snowstorm. Now I will be stuck with 13 dozen cookies, muffins, and two pans of brownies to eat, and I will probably have to do it all over again when the open house is rescheduled. UGH.

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  3. I had my husband stop at the store, on his way home from work yesterday, so we have provisions to get through the day. Nothing got cancelled here in Green Bay, because the snow was so mild this morning. We live on busy-for-a-residential-neighborhood street, that has been plowed 5 or 6 times today, and the road is still a huge mess. I do not envy school bus drivers, and parents who have to pick up their kids this afternoon.

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  4. Despite every other town in the vicinity closing the schools, ours is open. Therefore I decided I should go to work. I made almost to Amberg before I turned around and headed back home. Fortunately we are having leftovers for dinner tonight.

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  5. Things won't get truly dire unless you run out of toilet paper. And even then, you could creative if you were truly desperate.

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  6. We have had a lot of rain, and it's now turned to very pretty snow. Luckily, I don't think it will be enough to cause problems or school closings (although Emma is home sick today anyway). I did get to the grocery store on Monday, and I'm grateful it's done.

    Coffee and toilet paper --those two aren't related, are they? :-)

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  7. You could always live on potatoes like I do when I am out of things. I fry them in olive oil and find them mighty tasty. They are good with Herbes de Provence on them.

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  8. You got the snow that we did not.

    Sorry about that. :-)

    Pearl

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  9. Putting off the store is almost always a good idea (unless you are out of toilet paper). Enjoy the snow!

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  10. let them eat cereal... he he
    It won't be a disaster, have fun in the kitchen.
    What are you thinking of making?

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  11. It is always an adventure when you live where the weather is unpredictable. Enjoy being snowed in - at least while the coffee holds out :-)

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  12. enjoy the snow!!! let them eat cake!

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  13. I love when I'm forced to get creative in the kitchen! Happy snow day.

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