Wednesday was insane. Anyone that hasn’t noticed, I live in the Denver area. So, yes, Wednesday there was a blizzard. At my house, I got TWO FEET of snow. Yes, two feet. Yikes! If you don’t know, a blizzard isn’t actually characterized by snowfall (it can snow very little) but by wind and visibility; to be a blizzard wind must be consistently over 35 miles per hour and the visibility must be less than 1/2 a mile (due to blowing snow) for more than 3 hours in a row. This blizzard also came with crazy huge amounts of snowfall. Everything was cancelled, and the airport closed completely for over eight hours. Sadly, instead of just enjoying the snow day, I was stressed about Dan because he was trying to get home from a business trip and it wasn’t going so well (due to the airport being closed). Thankfully, he managed to get home Thursday morning instead of Saturday like many of his coworkers. Here are some photos from Wednesday:
At about 7:30am it didn’t look too bad. You can still see some of the road even (just over the wall there) and we’ve only gotten about 3-4 inches of snow. Visibility kind of stinks, but it’s not awful yet.
The windows on the north side of the house have iced up pretty well though (at about 8am).
I’d say this is about noon. As you can see, it’s snowing quite hard, and we have a LOT of snow now. It’s incredibly blustery, and visibility is terrible (that wall is really close to my house).
Everything is starting to ice up, even south facing windows, and you can see we have even MORE snow now (look at the pickets on the gate between this pic and the last one). There is only about a 3 hour difference between this pic and the last one, maybe.
It’s done snowing, mostly, and there isn’t much of a step down anymore. Normally, you walk out of my sliding glass door and the porch is about two feet below… The snow is currently over the height of the metal frame on the door.
Today is 35°F and snowing. The official first day of spring is this Sunday (the 20th). It doesn’t look very springy out.
I like the snow, I really do. However, my depression is not liking it right now. To pick myself up, I’ve been making some springy designs on Zazzle. Hopefully, they can pick you guys up too. (Daffodils are my favorite flower, so the first one is my favorite and I actually made 6 different products with that picture.)
I wanted to share a few photos from our trip to Beaver Creek with the in-laws 🙂 The people that went were: Becky (my mother-in-law), Shelby (sister-in-law), Jimmy (Shelby’s boyfriend), Dave (brother-in-law), Claire (Dave’s roommate), Dan, and myself. We got up there Saturday afternoon, and just hung out at the condo and had a nice dinner. Sunday (Jan 3) we went ice skating, then went tubing at Vail. Monday we went skiing. Tuesday we checked out about 10 and drove home!
Ice Skating – Sunday, January 3rd
Ice skating in the middle of Beaver Creek Village!
Dan actually seems to know what he’s doing!
It’s really hard to take a selfie facing into the sun on reflective ice…
I LOVE this photo of me 🙂
I was coming in a little too hot… totally almost hit Dan 😛 I thought this face was hilarious!
See? I was pretty dang close haha
Very nice of Dan to trade me his thin gloves for my thick mittens… it was really warm in the sun
We were actively skating when I took this, which was quite difficult…
Part of the gorgeous back road from Richfield, UT to Zion National Park
The geography is stunning!
The road to Zion
Oh! A canyon!
I took a ton of photos at Zion National Park (about 50), so I’ll hopefully get them posted tomorrow. But for now, here are some pictures of our drive to Zion 🙂 I didn’t take any photos from the first day of our “to California” trip, because the weather sucked and then it was dark! I also didn’t take many after Zion… but that’s just because it’s mostly desert that I’ve seen a million times and didn’t see anything unique.
When we were in California, we did a lot. One of the little things we did in San Luis Obispo was visit Bubblegum Alley. It’s just as disgusting as it sounds, but it’s a “you have to see it once” type of thing. So, since I’d already seen it, I took Dan. Here are some pictures 🙂
This is Bubblegum Alley, all of the spots are pieces of gum.
Of course, I made Dan put gum on the wall!
He is absolutely disgusted.
I did it too!
The smell is horrid, so I started to feel sick.
I took so many pictures in Cali they’re going to take multiple posts, and forever to edit. But I thought these were fun.
In September, while my mom was here, we went driving to look at some fall color! We ended up on Mt Evans. Both Dan and I were quite impressed that my mom could get out of the car and walk around up there!!! There are people who live in Denver (5280 ft above sea level), and have their whole life, that cannot walk around at 14,000 feet above sea level. My mom is from only 1700 feet elevation, AND has adult onset asthma! Go Mom! Here are some fun pictures from there:
Sorry today’s blog post is so late, but I had a busy day! (Lots of photos below!!)
Yesterday (8/19), the corpse flower at the Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) bloomed! This is a big deal. This is the first bloom this plant has produced, and it is 15 years old. The blooms only last 24-48 hours, and the plants only bloom (on average) every 7-10 years. There are two “corpse flowers” in Sumatra (the only place they can be found), this is the Amorphophallus titanium corpse flower… the other one isn’t related and none are housed at the DBG. Dan got off work a little early (about 4:30) so that we could go see it. We got there, and there was a sign saying the wait would be 4+ hours… yes, HOURS! It’s a flower… so, no thank you? Turned out, it was kind of a good thing we didn’t go. Dan needed to be at work at 6am today, and people that got to DBG at 8pm didn’t get to the flower until 1:30am. That would have sucked.