Happy New Year!

Well, 2008 is almost over. I’ve read lots of blogs commenting on it, and really, it hasn’t been the best year for me. It hasn’t been that terrible, but the whole adjusting-to-college thing (which I can’t really describe, I think you kind of have to do it for yourself), has kind of thrown me. I didn’t do as well in my first quarter of college as I would have liked to. Way worse, actually. And then there were those 2 weeks of snow. Arg!!!
So, here’s hoping 2009’s better. I didn’t even acomplish my 2008 resolution (to finish all my unfinished knitting projects) but I’m going to try to get more of them done when I return to school…since that’s where most of them are anyway.
Mostly, though, I want to do better in school.
Happy New Year, everyone!!



Here. In a hotel. Because the power company STILL has not restored power. And we don’t get to have Christmas until they do.

Luckily, today it has gotten above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. And it has rained more than it has snowed. Which is good, because the snow has MELTED. A little.

At least I have internet. But I really, really want to have an actual CHRISTMAS. I have to work on friday.

Get me out of here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously. Yesterday it snowed. ALL DAY LONG. It snowed about 6 inches here. Then, last night, the freezing rain started. So we have a ton of snow as well as ice to deal with. This is what one of the windows in my room looks like:

Is all iced over...

Is all iced over...




















And here is the south window:

...has snow on it but is not all iced over.

...has snow on it but is not all iced over.

Last night, my brother (who is driving me CRAZY) and I wanted to watch the Christmas special “I want a dog for chrismas, Charlie Brown!”
And we couldn’t. Because instead of choosing to entertain people, they had news – and it wasn’t like there was any new news. Practically nothing was coming or going from PDX (Portland International Airport). But there really wasn’t any news. BORING.
I wanted it to snow, I admit. BUT I WANTED IT TO HAPPEN AT SCHOOL BECAUSE I CAN WALK PLACES THERE. I can’t really walk anywhere here. Except my friend’s house or my mail box.
Here is what it looks like in front of my house:
there is a large snow drift.

there is a large snow drift.

And here is a picture of my Christmas Tree:
And now I’m going to attempt to amuse myself.

Things to do in liau of my plans for tommorow because of the darn snow

1. Take the kid I used to babysit for the Christmas ABCs book I made him. Figure I can tell his mother that having an extra week that he’s not at kindergarden could be worse; when I was in kindergarden I had an extra week off too, only it was because of an ice storm that knocked our power out for 5 days.
2. Bake cookies that I have been meaning to bake all week.
3. Curse the weather gods for sending the snow while alternatively thanking them for getting wisdom teeth removal pushed off to spring break.
4. Go out in afore mentioned snow.
5. Invite best friend over. Curse weather gods for making it impossible for best friend to finish mother’s christmas gift, due to her having left it at school and aforementioned snow closing school all week.

Let’s see what I actually do from this list. The main thing I know I will do is curse the weather gods, for making it snow and closing school AGAIN for my extremely energetic and loud 13-year-old brother. Whom I love dearly, mind you.


So, Sunday morning it snowed in the Willamette Valley (the valley in Oregon where Portland and Salem and Eugene are, where I live). And when it stopped snowing, the temperature went down and the wind picked up. Our electricity went out for a few hours. We went into town (I live out in the “country”, where you can’t really walk anywhere except the neighbor’s house. And we have a well, which means no electricity, limited water). When we came home the power was back on, but being snowed in is BORING. The good part is that because the only person who can get out is my Dad (because he is the only one with chains and studded tires), I didn’t have to get my wisdom teeth out, which I was really dreading. (No stories about wisdom teeth, PLEASE!!!!!)
But, It means we can’t go out to get supplies for things to make. So I’m doing some knitting, but I can’t work on my gift knitting because the person it’s for (my mother) is home all day.

The problem with Portland , and actually, most of Western Oregon, is that because we only get episodes like this with lots of snow and ice every other year (and occasionally every year) and they only last for a week, there doesn’t seem to be much reason to actually INVEST IN MORE SNOW PLOWS & SNOWY WEATHER EQUIPMENT so that when this kind of thing happends the world (our world, anyway) shuts down. Personally, I think all the folks just like being able to stay home. I like it for about two days, then I get bored. Especially if it means I can’t actually do things I had planned for this weekend.
My brother’s happy, of course, it means he doesn’t have school. I wish he WOULD have school, that way I wouldn’t have to listen to him talk deal with him as much spend more time with him then I can handle.

Oh well, maybe I’ll get some knitting done.