snow fun

It has been a snow-dominated couple of days. The weather was actually really mild over the weekend, but while Emma had a work thing on Saturday morning, our friend Arwen and I took Toby skiing for the first time, so went to a slope in a southern suburb where they make snow, so there was plenty despite the mild weather. Toby had been fascinated with skiing during the Winter Olympics so I thought this would be great for him. He was really excited, but the excitement faded rapidly when he tried on the rental boots, and he cried really loudly in the echoey equipment rental room. We persevered though, and got him out on the slope. Once he’d done his first tentative slide a few feet and shouted “look Daddy I’m skiing!” a few times he was really into it. He actually did really well at keeping his balance, and towards the end of the hour, just before he lost all energy, he was going on his own really well. Next time we’ll try to teach him to stop, rather than having to be grabbed.

Yesterday they were warning of a big snowstorm overnight, and they weren’t wrong. We’ve had many inches of snow – I got up at about 6am to shovel the sidewalk and even though I cleared right down to the sidewalk, within an hour it looked like nothing had been cleared. Oh well, at least it was a good workout. Lots of people didn’t make it to work today, including Emma, and the roads were quite treacherous to say the least. Apparently it was the biggest snowfall from a single storm since 16″ fell on March 8-9, 1999, which was the night before my first day of work here in the USA. I was so nervous about driving that morning and the whole prospect of starting work in a new country that I nearly threw up a few times. It all worked out OK in the end through.

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