Well, this is it. The snowplows are already out in full force, the kids' tests have been rescheduled from Wednesday until Tuesday (they are not happy) and essentials have been stockpiled. At work today, all employees received an email alerting us of the anticipated bad weather- not because we might not have work on Wednesday but letting us know that we can wear jeans for the trek in. What a relief! None of it matters anyway because we'll be lucky if we don't all perish in this blizzard.
What's more fun about a snowstorm than being able to tell a better blizzard survival story than the next person? Sorry, but mine is the best. It all started in January of 1978...
I was in fourth grade and my sister was in second grade. We woke up to have our dad tell us that it was a snow day- yay! However, he also informed us that he had taken our mom, who was seven months pregnant at the time, to the hospital overnight with serious complications, the fate of the baby unknown. He assured us that a neighbor had come over while he was at the hospital (my kids think that part of the story is creepy); however, he was clearly anxious to get rid of us and return to the hospital.
We hopped in the car to make the 45 minute drive to our grandparents' house. Unfortunately, about ten minutes into the trip (which took significantly longer than ten minutes), our car became stuck in the snow along with many other cars. Our dad moved us to a stranger's truck for safekeeping (giving him the benefit of the doubt that he was in quite a pickle at this point), after which yet another stranger gave the three of us a ride back home, car abandoned. And...my dad was still saddled with the girls he was trying to liberate himself from. Mission failed!
A short time later, Aunt Sue was dispatched from our grandparents' house via train from Clarendon Hills to Aurora to fetch us girls; thus began a lifelong love of Metra that continues for me on a daily basis. And what happened to Mom and Baby? After five short weeks of complete bedrest, we gained Baby Maggie, better known now as my "radio sister".
To commemorate the happy ending and the blizzardy conditions, I've compiled a few songs that celebrate this snowy weather. Naturally, there's a Kanye West song as he is a man for all occasions. Hunker down and enjoy some good music!
"Coldest Weather" - Kanye West
"Winter Winds" - Mumford & Sons
"Winter Song" - Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
"Cold Wind Blows" - Eminem
"Refuge (When It's Cold Outside)" - John Legend
"Baby It's Cold Outside" - Norah Jones and Willie Nelson
"Snow (Hey Oh)" - Red Hot Chili Peppers