Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Don't worry, it's not my vehicle

Lest anyone think I'm not having a good time here, let me assure you, I am! Work is going very well, and I spent an absolutely wonderful weekend in Minneapolis with family. So the constant reminders of Fab are not "ruining" my trip in any way whatsoever, but they're just kind of like a rock in your shoe that you can't find. Not painful, but just present at ever step, no matter how hard you try to shake it out.

Which brings me to the caption of this picture, and one of Fab's favorite sayings: "there are two seasons in MN - winter and road construction". There was a huge snow storm yesterday that covered much of mid and northern MN, dumping over 10 inches of snow on certain cities. I was supposed to drive back to W-town last night, but stayed in the cities an extra day, with the hopes that the snow plows would clear things off by morning.

Sunday started off with rain, which is the worst of all because then it freezes and the roads become one big ice rink as the temperatures drop. Cars were going into the ditch left and right. And then the snow came, making it a double-whammy because then it covers up the ice and you can't see it. The snow plows were out salting all night, but it didn't really help because it was too cold for the salt to melt the ice. Parts of MN got down to -37•F with the wind chill. Minneapolis was a balmy -16•F when I left this morning. I bet France is feeling pretty warm right about now, huh? :) It took me a good 20 minutes to unfreeze my doors this morning - the car had been completely ensconed in a layer of ice!

And because my boss is "thrifty" (cough cough), I am staying at a co-worker's house all this week. It's been great so far, besides her lack of internet (God forbid). I spent a ton of time today setting up my blackberry to act as a modem for my laptop, but then I left the frickin' cable at work, so another blackberry post it is. I am currently sitting in front of their fireplace, with a glass of wine, watching "E! True Hollywood Stories", while my hosts cut apart a deer they shot this weekend. Cuz I am in Minnesota after all.

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Blogger Leesa said...

Oh ho ho!!!! I have to look up that temp in C cuz I have NOOOO idea what it is but MAN OH MAN ... it SOUNDS coldddd! France IS pretty warm compared to that so I'll just shut up... To make us feel better... it's in the high 70s/low 80s in Florida!!
Take care Sam.... Can't wait to hear more stories when you get back!! Leese

December 16, 2008 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Justin said...

Glad to hear you are having a good time. I cannot wait to get back... and all the memories sticking around from Fab just mean you need to go out and make new memories to replace them while you are back home. Enjoy your trip, and continue to have lots of fun.

December 16, 2008 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Global Librarian said...

In my experience, once it gets below -10F it doesn't really matter exactly how cold it is. It feels like the same level of sucky-ness...

December 16, 2008 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger au soleil levant said...

Real winter weather! Sounds amazing, can't wait to experience it for myself!

And I know it sounds completely insane, but I always feel like below zero temperatures feel warmer than 0 to 25. How weird is that?!

December 16, 2008 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I'm with ASL...that post made me excited for a real winter ie with snow! True, though, what you said about snow covering ice...dangerous stuff!!

December 17, 2008 at 9:11 PM  

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