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Due to Snowpocalypse III, we're stranded in Seattle... While Northwest could schedule us out to arrive on christmas, we'd end up with two days or so in Minnesota. So, as a result, A and I will have our first Christmas in Seattle.

A is trimming the lemon verbena bush with vintage mini-Shiny Brite ornaments as we speak. Pictures to follow, I'm sure, over at [livejournal.com profile] morganlf

Ah well, we have food, movies, and a little grey kitty. Plus, now I get to cook whatever I want, assuming there is still food at the market--that is, once we can get *to* the market. We tried to drive to the house today to paint, and got five feet before my RAV was stuck in the snow. After that one abortive attempt, we decided to stay inside and keep warm. A's grandma sent us a care package of cookies which have turned into emergency rations.

Cookies for breakfast? :)

Date: 2008-12-22 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] double0hilly.livejournal.com
is it like California, where everyone runs OMG for the water aisle?

Date: 2008-12-22 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bellwethr.livejournal.com
More like batteries and flashlights.

The line at the grocery store was >15 people deep yesterday. It would have been funny if we weren't just trying to buy food for dinner!

Date: 2008-12-22 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] double0hilly.livejournal.com
It's like that here, but that's just because Ralphs refuses to put more than one person on the checkout.

At least you have each other: http://www.nwcn.com/statenews/washington/stories/NW_122108WAB_uso_KS.2fdabb1.html

Date: 2008-12-22 08:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akjdg.livejournal.com
Just how inclement is your inclement weather that your RAV got stuck after 5 feet? I take it you don't have studded tires (alas, why would you)? I once fancied to have a RAV, and the notion that it can't navigate snow well is breaking my perhaps faulty opinion of the vehicle's capabilities.

Of course, after I found the wonderful world of the $2000 beater 4WD subaru GL/loyale wagon, I could never spend more than $2000 on any other vehicle that could only have diminished capabilities. Cup holders would be nice, though...

Date: 2008-12-22 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bellwethr.livejournal.com
Well, Seattle has no idea how to handle snow & ice. We've got maybe 14" of snow on the ground, but they've only managed to plow two roads in West Seattle, and they can't keep them plowed.

Seattle owns around two dozen plows--just keep major arterials plowed is a huge challenge.

The RAV is a great car in general--however, mine is 2WD and I only have summer tires on it. I'm think about trading it in for a 4WD model and investing in a pair of studded tires come next winter. Living in LA, there was really no need.

I'm very impressed at the 4WD Subarus I see around here. They handle our icy hills with no problem.

Date: 2008-12-22 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mtbg.livejournal.com
\heart Subaru AWD (Wikipedia speaks of the distinction from 4WD). As an expat Alaskan, I'm fundamentally required to recommend that you get yourself a Suby.
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