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  • Snow day part deux (365 challenge)

    Work has been crazy busy the last week or so and I haven’t had a chance to write about the snowstorm that hit Raleigh last week.  Predictions were 4-8″ and I would say we definitely got 4″ plus a little more.

    The snow was due to start around lunch on Wed so Matt decided to ride in to work with me and work from the Hunt Library on campus.  It is about 2 blocks from my office and he hadn’t been there yet.  A little before noon he walked back to my office and waited for me to get out of a meeting.  I didn’t really take the snow seriously and about 12:15 he texted me and told me we had to leave that the snow had started.  At this point my meeting was running long anyway so I grabbed my things and left.

    By the time we got out the door the snow was already starting to stick to the ground.  We hopped in the car and headed home.  We got to Western Blvd and sat through the light a few times before I encouraged Matt to hop the curb and go a different way.  Traffic was already starting to suck and the snow was sticking more and more.  Within 15 mins or so of the start the roads were covered.  We finally got off campus only to get stuck about 8 miles from the house.  A drive that normally takes me about 5 minutes took us almost 45!  Not to mention I was starving at this point.  We finally got past all traffic but the roads were getting worse.  About an hour and a half after we left the office, we finally got home.  We only had one instance of sliding, like really sliding while trying to stop.

    The snow continued into the night before turning to sleet and freezing rain and by the time we went to bed we had about 4″ of snow with ice piling on top.  Clearly we worked from home on Thursday and Friday.  I even managed to go sledding Thursday afternoon.  Matt was a snow humbug and wouldn’t sled but he did take a few videos of me sledding. 🙂  It was fun!

    By Saturday the roads were back to normal and I made Matt get me out of the house.  At this point I am DONE praying for snow!  😉  I’ve gotten my “several inches” and I am ready for spring.

    Now for the photo overload!  Enjoy!

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    Happy Thursday!


  • Snow Day – 365 Challenge Week 5

    I’m totally cheating and using some of the snow pics from last week for my challenge. 🙂

    Last week the news started calling for snow on Tuesday and into Wednesday morning.   I got to work and waited for the flurries to start.  By 4:00 pm there was still no snow in the Triangle.  I waited another half hour and decided to head home anyway.  Matt and I laid on the couch around 5 and I told him it would be snowing when we woke up.  Sure enough around 6 it was snowing.  It snowed for most of the night however when we woke up on Wednesday we only managed to get about 1.5 inches.  Since there was snow on the ground, there was no way I was going in to work.  I emailed my manager to let him know I’d be working from home.  I threw on some clothes and headed outside to take a few pics before the snow was ruined!

    Matt is a snow fuddy duddy and wouldn’t go out and play with me but around 10:30 he decided to de-snow my car and clear off the driveway with his new snow shovel!  Hehe.  I bought him a snow shovel for Christmas. 🙂  Anyway, I decided to go out and help him but boy was it cold.  At this point it was only in the teens out.  I helped clear off some of my car and then took a few more pics.  It was  a gorgeous day but it was so cold out.  I finally headed back inside to do more work and to warm up.

    Thursday I went back to work, though I went in a little late since the roads were still a little icy.  Even this weekend we still had some snow in our yard.  It didn’t really all melt till the rain started last night.  And while I do love me some snow, it was very very cold.  I’m glad the temps rose some over the weekend.


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  • 365 Challenge – Week 4

    I know I’m a few days late but I haven’t had a chance to edit at work. 😉  Here are my pics from last week.  I’m currently working from home today since it’s a SNOW DAY but I’ll blog about that tomorrow! (and include some pics!)

    Random view of the sidewalk in front of the office.
    I love this tree. It is down the street from my office. One day last week when school was cancelled I stopped on my way to work to snap a quick pic.
    The Hunt Library on campus.
    The lake down the street from the office.
    My little yard frog. He’s seen better days for sure. We had a light dusting of snow.
    A random left on the sidewalk.
    A guy Matt knows said this cute little guy was scaring his kids and he was going to have to get rid of it. I told Matt to tell him we’d take it. Now I just need an Auburn one.


  • 365 Challenge

    What is a 365 Challenge you ask?  Well it’s when you commit to doing a certain thing everyday for a year.  In my case it’s a photography challenge.  The goal is to help me get better with my camera and take better pics.  Now, with that said, I’m only 13 days into my challenge and I haven’t quite taken a pic a day. Guys, let me tell you, this is hard!  So instead of giving up on the idea I’ve decided to stick with it in a less rigid fashion.  I WILL take 365 pictures this year but some days I make take 2 and a skip a few days of actual photography.  I feel like this will still help me accomplish my goal without completely burning me out.

    Part of the problem too, is my lack of confidence in stopping the car to take a pic.  I am much more confident to do this when I have someone with me, but being on my own tends to be quite difficult.  Not to make excuses, but as a child I was pretty shy and still am to a point.  It takes me a little while in new situations to warm up.  Stopping to take a pic definitely puts me outside my comfort zone.  Hopefully this challenge will also help with this as well.

    I’m going to try and do these posts on Mondays starting today.

    New Year’s Eve at the stroke of midnight.
    This is from my lightbox and probably my least favorite pic of the bunch.
    The Raleigh Acorn. This is our NYE “ball.” It was in the park across from my tattoo artist.
    My tattoo boutique.
    I liked all 3 of these and I couldn’t decide.



    A little memento from this football season and my pic for the 6th.
    Some glittery sticks beside the fireplace.
    Some wires in the parking garage at work.
    The holly bush beside our house.
    The tree in our yard.
    We had a beautiful sunset yesterday.