Friday, February 11, 2011

Winner Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered the CSN giveaway!  The winner is.......

KellFire said...

Warm & mostly sunny Southern California!!! We're actually looking into going there this year for Marshman's sabbatical. Sounds AWESOME! Wish I could go right now!!!

Congrats KellFire!!

I'll be emailing the gift code to you shortly =)

Monday, February 7, 2011

GIVEAWAY! Cure Your Winter Blues!

Today's ordeal makes me want to start searching luggage stores for some cute new bags to pack up and take with me somewhere warm and sunny.  Somewhere without ice and snow.  Don't get me wrong, I love the snow but there is something about the visual of sliding backwards down an icy hill to my death into a deep, rocky creek bed that makes me scream BEACH PLEASE! 

My parents have been soaking up the sun since early January down in Cape Coral, Florida.  They decided another Virginia winter wasn't in the cards and rented a house down there until April.  Do you know how awesome it is to call my mom on my way home in the snow to find out she's laying out on the deck in her bathing suit?  Or out on the boat fishing?  Or grilling up the 10 fish they caught that day for dinner?  SO AWESOME!  I'm hoping to make my way down there in early March for a bit of cold weather relief but it's up in the air with my job right now (Oh how I wish I could blog about my job...).

Anyhow, the kind folks at CSN Stores have offered up a $40 gift card to take away one lucky winner's winter blues.  All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below answering the following question:

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? 

That's it.  One comment per person please.  The giveaway will end Friday, February 11th at 11 am CST.  One winner will be chosen by a random number generator after the giveaway closes.

Good luck!!

PS.  I just watched the local news and we are getting more snow tomorrow through Wednesday night.  I sooo just came down with the chicken pox!

The Wrong Kind of Snow

What's the old saying?  Be careful what you wish for?  Well I've been wishing and hoping and praying for snow and we finally got it.  But I was hoping more for the kind of snow that keeps me out of work. Snow that lets me sleep in. Snow that I could watch out the window from my comfy, cozy bed. Snow that lets me crack a beer at noon. That kind of snow.

The problem with this snow was I was already at work since all they were calling for was a light dusting.  Instead about 7 inches fell in about 4 hours.  I finally decided to leave work around 11:15.  I drove really slow on the untreated roads.  Cars were stranded in ditches all along the streets.  I kept sliding but I managed to stay on the road.  The main roads weren't as bad but they still weren't plowed or salted.  Then I got to my back country road.  Of course it was a mess.  I could barely see where the road was and when I finally felt like I was home free, I slid backwards down the hill right before my driveway.  7 times!  Did I mention there is a long drop off into a creek at the bottom of the hill?  Because that's all I could think about each time I slid back down.  But I made it!  To my driveway where I proceeded to get stuck halfway on the road and halfway in my driveway. 

At least I was home though.  I got the shovel and the salt and tried for an hour to get my car out of the road.  I couldn't for the life of me figure out why my car wasn't moving.  I felt like I had shoveled out all the ice and snow around the tires, but it just wouldn't move.

(So here's the part I debated revealing.  I left this minor detail out when telling both Howard and Leslie the story immediately after it happened.  But I've come to terms with what an idiot I can sometimes be so here goes.)

When I first got stuck and left the car in the road to grab the shovel and the salt, I pulled the emergency break up so my car wouldn't slide backwards into the ravine on the other side of the road.  And then?  Yep, I never put it back down.  That's why my car wasn't moving.  Genius, right?  Luckily when a bus came up the hill and I went to try one more time so they could pass by, I noticed.  I was able to get my car far enough up the driveway so the bus could get by.  But that was it.  I was finished.  So here she sits.  She looks happy there, right?