The Worst Winter Weather

For Mama Kat’s Writers’ Workshop, I intended to write on prompt #2: describe your worst winter weather story. However, as I explained to Mark the particular story I’d chosen (how my 23rd birthday was ruined), he pointed out that really, this is the story of HIS worst winter weather experience. He’s totally right. He’s also gracious enough to let me write about it anyway, as long as I acknowledged I’m tweaking Mama Kat’s prompt.

In Ohio, snow comes Oct. through April. It shouldn’t have been a surprise that we had an honest-to-goodness blizzard in March, but it was, mostly because I had plans. See, Mark and I had been married for almost a year at that point, but only been living together a couple of months. He was finishing his Masters as I was starting mine, so he moved back in with his parents and commuted the 3 hours to visit me on weekends. As you can imagine, it put a kink in socializing with other couples.

But not for our birthday! Our birthdays are in the same week and I had planned a small joint celebration dinner party. Our good friends Megan and Scott were coming over and I was making the Brasilian meal I make every year for my birthday: pastels and black beans and rice. This was just the sort of thing I imagined we’d do as newlyweds.

Then the blizzard hit. The day of the party.

Early in the day, I realized I was missing a few ingredients and asked Mark to go to the store. The roads were questionable, so he decided to walk the 8 blocks to get there. I called him a little later b/c I’d forgotten to add something to the list and unbeknownst to me he was already halfway home, so he turned around and went back. NOTE: If I’d KNOWN he’d left the store I would have told him to forget it. Just sayin’.

Halfway through making dinner, Megan called to tell me that their car was stuck and they wouldn’t be able to make it. I was so disappointed! Stupid snowstorm! Well, the roads were pretty clear by then, so Mark decided to go pick up Scott and Megan. Our car was snowed in too, so he gave a kid with a shovel some money to dig us out. The car moved about 5 feet before getting stuck again, and that was that.

Mark and I enjoyed our Brasilian meal by ourselves and stayed home for a few days. I believe even church was canceled that Sunday. And come to think of it, I never fulfilled my promise to Megan to cook her a Brasilian meal. It was the worst winter weather for me because I lost my chance at our dinner party, and for Mark because he actually had to go outside in it.

Here are some pictures from Blizzard 2008:

And can I just say? I am LOVING being in California now!


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11 responses to “The Worst Winter Weather

  1. Danielle

    Can I just say, I am living in PA wishing I was living in California!! We are in the middle of the biggest blizzard in 14 years. I hate it. We were actually scheduled to fly out there today and all flights were cancelled. My “California Dreamin” has been flushed down the toilet!!!
    *visiting from mama kat*

  2. I remember that snow storm! I live in Ohio. Those snowstorms do have a way of destroying the best laid plans!

    Visiting from Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.

  3. Looks exactly like our blizzard of 2010. Add three wild kids, one nearly useless husband, and a frizzy haired psycho lady (that’s me) and you have Snowpacalypse 2010 at Casa de Dummies!

  4. I remember that snow storm well, my brothers birthday is that weekend and his girlfriend at the time got snowed in our house for 3 days and didn’t have a thing with her, no clothes or anything! Andrew couldn’t get to work (at the time he had to work weekends) and no one could come to the bday dinner we had planned for my brother!

  5. I wish I could remember is we got that snow here in WI. I’m sure we did, we generally get a good storm here in March. Ugh. Snow is evil.

  6. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! California! I am so jealous : )
    The meal sounds like it would have been delicious : )

  7. I live in Maine. We get more snow than I care to admit to. Sigh….

    I think I’m suppose to live on a tropical island.


  8. Dan

    We all remember the various blizzards we have been through. I think the same goes for any severe weather event – it impresses us.

    In answer to your question – no the tooth didn’t start hurting before the surgeon removed it. Thank heavens.

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog – that’s how I found you. But that doesn’t sound like such an awful winter experience – at least you were together. I’m from California and not a big fan of snow. No way would I have walked to the store in a storm. That man must love you.

  10. Oh! We have the cold to go with those pictures, but not the snow! What a nightmare for your birthday. I relate though – for my 30th I had to cancel the party on the day as I went in to labour! Lol.. thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

  11. Megan Lewis

    I am still sad about missing that dinner! I don’t think we got our car free for another three days! (But that may have something to do with living in an apt with a bog for a parking lot).

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