December 23rd, 2009


Poem for Wednesday

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On Tuesday the county officially called off school for the remainder of 2009, citing the snow emergency, canceling classes for Wednesday which means they've now used three of the five allotted snow days for the school year and had better hope we don't get another big storm in January or February. I suspect the issue is getting the parking lots and front walkways clear, because most of the local roads are passable while the major roads are clear in the driving lanes, terrible in the breakdown lanes. I don't want to drive in my still-not-entirely-plowed neighborhood, but fortunately I didn't have to, since my father took me and the boys to Bagel City for lunch, then schlepped us to Target and Home Depot in search of a snow shovel to replace ours, which broke over the weekend. We had no luck anywhere -- were told that Strosniders Hardware was sold out and warned that CVS had very flimsy shovels -- so we gave up, and I will hope for no more snow till after Christmas!

We watched Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa in the evening since it was On Demand and we all enjoyed it in the theater, much more than the first Madagascar really -- the female animal roles are still pretty thankless, but no worse than The Lion King, which it parodies along with Joe vs. the Volcano and West Side Story ("That isn't fighting!") plus cracks at '70s music and fighting penguins. Then we put on the pretty sad Maaco Bowl in which BYU completely pwned the Beavers, though at least the Oregon State didn't end up scoreless. I had a cat snuggled up against me all evening so I was nice and warm, at least. Speaking of whom...

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Adam has broken a bracket on his braces, meaning that I must take him to the orthodontist -- whose office is located in White Flint Mall on Rockville Pike -- on Wednesday. Prepare for lots of profanity in my tweets.