Thursday, December 31, 2009

Friday, December 25, 2009

Let it snow?!?

Merry Christmas friends!
I wished for a white Christmas and my prayers were answered...and then some!
I have lived in Oklahoma my whole life. I remember a blizzard when I was 5. Twenty six years later, we have a major blizzard!!
The weather man on Wednesday night said it would be a blizzard warning. Everyone was like, "yeah right. we will be lucky to get snow."
My husband Ben kept saying it would all melt before Friday lol.
He was so wrong...
This morning there was the plink, plink of ice coming down.
We kicked our own butts for realizing we had no isomelt/salt in the house. We only had a 1/2 a cup of kitchen salt and a little bit of car de-icer. I was really worried about the treacherous sidewalk to our mailbox.
We tried to clear it. And then the snow started!
And it snowed all day until 9pm.
So we had plans to see my husband's family in Yukon to eat dinner and exchange gifts. Then my dh's mom calls at like 11am to say they were heading out to my sister-in-law's to do it early. We debated about whether to go or not...
Ben had made an emergency grocery store run (*cannot* run out of chocolate milk in this house!) up the street about two hours before and it was slick but no biggie.
At noon we start to take things to the car. The snow is about 4 inches at this point.
The wind was horrible!!
It was blowing snow so you would be blind and my face still has freezer burn from just walking to the car. They said on tv the wind was making it sub zero in areas.
Harrison has his snow bib and boots on and is bundled up. I had all my winter gear on except a hat.
We start walking to the car...Harrison's snow boot gets stuck in the snow and his sock gets covered with snow! So I go back in to grab a hat for me and new socks/boots for H. I also grab some bottled water bottles, wrapped rice krispy treats and two blankets out of concern.
We start driving down the road...not too bad...then once we get on a main street it is terrible!!! The wipers would get stuck to the windshield even with defrost on high. The snow was blinding. You could not see the car in front of you. If you rolled down your window in an attempt to see, the window would get stuck, snow would blow in your face and you still could not see anyway.
Ben was yelling at people because so many would drive by with no lights on. Some people had hazards flashing. Ambulances/fire department trucks would drive by. People were getting stranded. Some were trying to wait it out in parking lots.
It got bad fast.
I knew there was no way we could make it on the highway.
We got about 4 blocks away from the house and decided to turn around. Honestly, we should have never left the house!!
It took us like 45 minutes of an ordeal to get home!!!!
We saw a major accident and turned off to avoid seeing someone hurt/dead (help was already on the way--we could hear the sirens).
I saw people trying to walk in it!!
We argued in the car--Ben was like, "the best thing to do is leave the car and walk." I was like, "No, the only way to survive is stay in the car, crack a window a tiny bit to let CO out, and run the car on/off for heat." I was sooo thankful that I had nagged him into filling up the tank the night before!
Then we argued over bad grandma/good grandma because Ben's mom was so insistent we try to go to Yukon just to exchange gifts and I said my mom kept calling to tell me NOT to take her grand son out in it.
It got so bad I thought we would be stranded. I started crying about two blocks from our house. I was sooooo relieved when we pulled in our driveway!!!!
The wind made huge snow drifts! I went and measured some in our backyard and they were 1 1/2-3 feet!!!! What?!?!
So about 20 mins. after being home and drying my poor baby boy off, the phone rings. Ben's mom saying not to come out, and that they were home already and Ben's brother was stuck in his SUV about 9 blocks away from us. She wanted to know if Ben could pull him out. Ben starts out the door and I am like, " need kitty litter, salt, bleach, a rope,etc". I think he was just in a rush to help his brother but he grabbed the stuff after I said that.
His brother called as Ben was pulling out the driveway to say he got unstuck. Thank God!!!!
I have been keeping up with the live feed from Channel 5 KOCO. There are people having to sleep in their cars tonight.
KOCO quotes--
Stuck @ work for 24 hours! The sun better burn a hole in the ice and get me home!!! So tired!!! Can Rick or Rusty make this happen?"
"Tony McCarty from EMSA says they've been busy overnight taking care of folks who can't get to the hospital. Tony stresses not to call EMSA if you're stuck in the snow. EMSA is keeping busy right now with medical emergencies."
"I have heard about Fire Trucks being stuck and they are just leaving them."
"Please..anyone.. Husband never made it home yesterday and still no word...was traveling on 152 in Mustang..need any information thats available"

"Mark Opgrande reporting that lots of folks probably had to spend the night in their cars along I-35 in Norman."
They closed highways/turnpikes and declared it a state of emergency around 3pm. Snow finally stopped at 9pm.
This is sooo crazy and sad. I know this is going on in the North but think about snows heavy there all the time so they are prepared/used to it---we are not.
So the lesson of the story is be careful what you wish for when it comes to white Christmases!!!
***Video and pics coming soon from the blizzard. Since I had my camera with me the one thing to keep my mind off us crashing/getting stuck was to take pics/vid.******

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Massive posting ahead. Just saying.

Merry Christmas luvs!

A whole month went by. Did you miss me? LOL
I got so busy with family stuff (my dad had some problems) and work stuff that my poor blog went neglected for a bit, but guess what?!? I have two weeks of no work for Christmas Break! Yay!!!

And I so needed it! Those kids, God Bless 'em, were driving me a little insane. Along with the demands and all the PAPERWORK that comes with the job. I teach at-risk kids so dealing with the parents can be tough,too. I really think next year will be a smoother year for me...
here's hoping!

So today I debated about getting a turtle! I saw one locally for free, and it was just so adorable. Then I realized it would live to be 100+ and get huge (this was like the big ones from the zoo). So I said no thanks to my turtle pet. I really worry I am trying to make my own house into a zoo!

I scored some free MegaBlocks for my classroom from freecycle. I love freecycle!!
Today I took H to McDonald's. He is on an Avatar toy kick and what can I say, I am an enabler...and I treated myself to a small hot chocolate. Never had one from McD's before. Oh my lambs!!! It was soooo good. I was licking the inside of the cup!

I got my hands on some Zhu Zhu pets (thank u Craigslist!) a few weeks back and now I am looking for some accessories for these guys. I would love to get a car and one of the exercise balls. I know the carrier/blanket would be a no go for H because I honestly could not see him using those. I feel a little naughty--like I feel lame for following the trend and being "one of those parents." BUT you know what?

I remember the Cabbage Patch Doll and when I unwrapped my PollyAnna. Still have her. *BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD*!!! So that is why I turn into sucker mom on a mad hunt for Zhu Zhu stuff.

Christmas came early for me...I got to see my gift ahead of time! LOL DH bought me a stunning necklace but was not sure on chain size so I got to peek at the pic of it online. I cannot wait to have it around my neck. I like shiny stuff!

So yesterday we made my favorite Christmas recipe...Christmas Wreaths. And then I ate a lot of them and got burned out on eating anymore. Which is good.
Here is the recipe:

Christmas Wreaths
1/2 cup butter
4 cups miniature marshmallows (or 40 large marshmallows)
1 teaspoon green food color
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups corn flakes
Red hot candies/m&m's (we use red icing)
  1. In 2-quart saucepan melt butter and marshmallows over medium-low heat,stirring nonstop. Mix in food coloring, vanilla extracts, then corn flakes.
  2. Drop by spoonfuls on waxed paper.Quickly with buttered fingers, shape into wreaths and decorate. We make dots with the icing and a bow out of icing or you could use m and m's/red hots.
  3. Cool completely. Store in air tight container.

This is such a bad sign...when you are at work and you think all day long about reuniting with your favorite Mexican restaurant. Love. I am in love with a Mexican restaurant. Not just any fling, true love!

The view from the main entrance...

When I was a young girl my parents would take me to Laredo's. I had my high school graduation party on their patio. Tasted my first *real* Margarita there.
I really think they sprinkle their food with crack. This is my theory anyway. Amazing stuffed poblano peppers, real fat tortillas, real salsa, and the most amazing sour cream chicken enchiladas I ever had. A sopapilla the size of a baby's head.


Ben met my outer family members there when we got engaged. :)
We went there frequently (like every weekend) when we were newlyweds. We would eat on the patio on summer nights...sometimes while Edgar Cruz would strum his guitar.
We announced to my family our pregnancy there.
Then after having baby H we went a few times but taking care of a newborn leaves you little opportunity to get out and about.

One day the worst thing happened...they closed. Not just closed, the building was gone!
I remember being so excited and pulling up to the empty parking lot. Crushed.
Fast forward a few months later...I see an elegant building with a huge dome from the by and it says "future site of Laredo's". Could it be?? My prayers were answered? Was I hallucinating?!?

I waited long. And hard. Finally they opened. Harrison--4 now--enjoyed it just as much as I did. He ordered the molten lava cake for dessert. Let me tell you...their dessert is like something Chuck Norris would make if he was a chef--pure perfection. I had the arroz con leche--a treat my mother no longer makes ("I ain't no cook! Eat a bag of potato chips.").


So I knew this past weekend we were going to eat there to meet my brother Aaron's girlfriend Dawn. All week I thought about the restaurant. I seriously envisioned the plates. It got me through my week!!!! And on Saturday when I was reunited with my restaurant I ate for like 4 maybe 5 people. I had two margaritas (heaven) and so want to try their Millionaire Mojito next time. We had guacamole made fresh by Felipe, our waiter (with flourish and pizazz) at the table.
So Laredo's I love you. Never,ever leave me again!
Oh yeah, and I totally approve of Dawn!