Erin Virginia

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Almost Christmas

"There’s one good thing about snow: it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbor’s. " --Clyde Moore

A few more inches of snow today. I left work early today, only to spend that extra time off shoveling. The dense thickets of trees along the freeway are so beautiful that it makes up for the work clearing the driveway. Chris is in the process of taking his last exam of the semester right now. Tomorrow, we fly to Indiana - Christmas break is almost upon us.

The pictures below capture our front and back yard. During the previous snowstorm, Chris shoveled a path for Greta (picture is from a couple days ago). The snow is so high in the backyard right now that Greta can jump the back fence separating our yard from the neighbors. And she did. She blatantly galloped over the fence right in front of me. Luckily, I was able to grab her before she ran over to the bunny cages (third picture).

Friday, December 14, 2007


Maybe I was a little too sarcastic during my last post. I live about 25 miles from my work and left at noon yesterday, just before it started snowing. Two of my project managers and my director live about 5 miles farther into Boston than I do (30 miles from work). They all left within a couple hours of my departure and spent 4, 8 and 9 hours respectively on the road.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


My last class of the semester is cancelled! Generalized panic is spreading throughout the area due to the snowstorm. Bread aisles at grocery stores are packed tighter than the MassPike at rush hour. Never one to pass up an opportunity, I admit that I jumped on the bandwagon and left work early today. I shut down my computer, laughed to myself and joined the mass exodus scurrying to the parking lot.

Last week, my sister-in-law Bonny sent me one of those "You Know You're a Minnesotan If..." Here's a particularly apt item:

"You laugh out loud every time you see a news report about a blizzard shutting down the entire east coast."

Ya, sure, you betcha

Monday, December 03, 2007

25 for Chris

Yesterday was Chris' twenty-fifth birthday! Since we had National Guard this weekend, we celebrated his birthday on Friday night by eating at a French Bistro. Chris ordered beef short ribs and bone marrow. The server brought out the ribs (in a broth) and a large section of bone for Chris to scrape out the marrow. I guess we should both enjoy eating this delicacy because both of us have French ancestors - not a tradition passed down on either side of the family, though.

I bought Chris a new pair of hand sewn, leather loafers he'd been broadly hinting he wanted. Chris is so subtle - he even brought me to the store, just so I could appreciate the fine craftsmanship of the shoes. Today, the first snowstorm of the season hit us. I'm hoping Chris' classes will be canceled tonight.