Snow Days, #Snowquake, Weatherization [Field Journal: Weeks 48 and 49]

Girl playing with snow in Oklahoma.

My Sweet Bridgette

By 2 p.m. on Thursday, roads in Oklahoma City were pretty hazardous. Yesterday, they called a snow day. Yea! I spent two hours going to five stores looking for waterproof gloves for my kids.

Jeep People

Let me just say, I’ve never been happier to be a Jeep People than I was yesterday, because this thing hugged the roads and kept me safe. Totally makes up for how much it has bounced the crap out of me while driving down even moderately bumpy roads. But, hey, no ditches for me. After two years, I finally figured out how to put it in 4WD. Just so you know, I did not find this information on any Jeep website. I found it on eHow, which has *totally* been wrongly accused of being a content farm. eHow saves my life, people. So does About.com. If I need a hack for my blog, nine times out of 10 I find it on About.

So, it wasn’t quite a Snowmageddon, but everything still shut down. Well, almost everything.

OGE SNOW

You know what everyone’s favorite color is during Oklahoma ice storms? Orange. I was so happy to see these trucks pull onto my street after the 2007 Icepocalypse.

Winter Weatherization

Speaking of OG+E, did you know they have a weatherization residential assistance program? True story. Why have I not applied? Going to change that soon. This 1919 prairie bungalow could stand some improvements like better insulation, weather and duct sealing and lighting efficiency. More information on this fabulous program is available at the end of this post.

By the way, I’ve gotten very fancy around here. I’m now implementing Schema.org markup in some posts, like this one about wildscapes. I also thought it would be really fun to slow down my pageload with another WordPress plugin.

Here’s someone else that doesn’t get snow days: Oklahoma City Bus drivers.

Oklahoma City Buses

But, could we get some bus shelters for these poor people? This super nice guy was on his way to work.

Bus Stop in the Snow

Here are some creative bus stops. I can’t believe corporations and even nonprofits haven’t stepped up to sponsor some of these things. I could sponsor a Gen X bus shelter. Maybe a 80s aerobics theme. People could workout to Jane Fonda while waiting for the bus. It could double as an actual shelter during the coming retirement years. Ha!

Not really that funny.

Liquid, Perishable or Hazardous?

Do you know how guilty I feel when I don’t clear my porch stairs for the mail carrier? I feel like a horrible person every time. I always want to offer him a cup of coffee, but I’m always afraid he’s going to ask, “Is this liquid, perishable or hazardous?” Given how strong I make coffee, it could definitely qualify as the latter.

USPS Rain Snow or Shine

Here are some more pictures of our awesome time in the snow.

USPS Snow

You see that blue Volvo station wagon? It runs and it’s for sale. It doesn’t have a glove box, so if that’s important to you…

Blue Sky Snow Day

I can’t remember a snow day that had a bluer sky. It’s usually the color of the sidewalk this time of year.

How To Make A SnowballSometimes, the snow is perfect for snowmen and snowballs, but not this snow. Wondering how to make a perfect snowball? Check out this blog from the famous Oklahoma-based blog, The Art of Manliness.

I love the mix of these Hanukkah lights with the Spanish-style architecture of this house. Aren’t my neighbors awesome? We love ‘em! They have the brightest lights on the street and all season long I get to hear my kids say Happy Harmonica!

Hanukkah Lights on House

If I were funnier and Jewish, I’d write a blog post, How To Survive Hanukkah in Oklahoma.  I think my neighbors are doing a great job!

snowfall paseo

Snowfall on the Paseo Arts District

Make a small house look cute

I love it when someone in a small house makes a big effort, like these homeowners in Oklahoma City’s Paseo District. So cute!

Cranberry Door

Cranberry Door

Speaking of cute, I’m in love with this house on Carey Place in Oklahoma City. I shot this during Week 48. There’s a big urban legend behind this enclave in the Gatewood Historic Neighborhood. Carey Place was always a fun trek during my college years. Now, I pass it six days out of seven.

happy birthday august

August Reiger’s birthday was November 29. He turned 19. This is a picture of the high school he attended in Oklahoma City. The school colors are yellow and blue, but the yellow ribbons around the tree reminded me of this missing young man. Happy birthday, August.

Interfaith Thanksgiving

Ed Shadid

I attended the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service during week 48. While there, I caught up with Councilman Ed Shadid who is running for mayor of Oklahoma City.

Klout, #PeopleVIP

A couple of days ago, I received an awesome perk in the mail. Thank you Klout and #PeopleVIP. This perk had the best presentation of any I’ve ever received.

Klout Perk PeopleVIP

Klout Perk People VIP

#Snowquake

Just as I was finishing up this post, an earthquake trembled all across Central Oklahoma. They even felt it in Stillwater where OSU was gearing up to play against OU. At that very moment, I was editing this picture, which has both Cowboy orange and Sooner red. Magic, friends. Pure, #Snowquake magic. I feel dizzy. And, yes, those are man-size gloves on my little boy. They’re the only ones I could find on my trek through the Okie tundra.

SnowQuake

This earthquake business in Oklahoma is starting to scare the bejeebers out of me. According to the U.S. Geological Survey it was 4.5.

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9 Responses to “Snow Days, #Snowquake, Weatherization [Field Journal: Weeks 48 and 49]”

  1. Jessica Miller-Merrell

    Jen,

    I absolutely love this post and I love the graphic design. It is gorgeous. As someone who also dabbles in this, I know how time consuming it was for you to put together this post. It is simply stunning.

    Missing you lots here and I say I’m just a little bit homesick for the snow. It’s been extremely cold here having gotten below freezing a couple days in the last week. My fruit trees are covered in blankets.

    JMM

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    • jenx67@cox.net

      Hey Jessica, This is one of the nicest notes I’ve ever received on my blog. Thank you. Only another blogger would know how time-consuming this stuff is for a one-man blog shop. Ha! I’m loving the pictures of your little girl in Stanford. You are definitely missed around here. I put together a list of Oklahoma blogs today for a PR project and you were on the list. I guess I’m in denial. =(

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  2. Alan Bates

    I love your Field Journal. Now you need to use your jeep to go bouncing down some double tracks to find some long lost geocaches.

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  3. Jennifer

    I absolutely loved this blog post! As a fellow resident of
    OKC, I always get so giddy reading and going, “I know
    Where that is!”

    The snowquake was insane! It shook the entire house and, like a person that’s watched too many made for TV movies, I ran to the doorway. It did make me think of the episode of Saved by the Bell, where Mrs. Belding gives birth in the elevator after an earthquake. But I digress.

    Loved the pictures of the snow and how truly beautifully you capture our city!

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    • jenx67@cox.net

      Thank you! I had completely forgotten about that episode. How funny! The snowquake WAS insane. It felt like it went on and on forever and it actually occurred to me that something my fall and knock me in the head and that might be the end of me. They’re becoming way, way too common!!

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