Well, another trip is in the works. That might mean I’ll soon be updating this a bit more often. Winter is just getting exciting. I just got back in the house after shoveling out our driveway for 2 hours. 17 in. of snow was in the forecast. I’m sure we got a foot but I didn’t actually go out and measure. I am so glad to have the feel of winter back. We got about half the driveway shoveled when a helpful neighbor came over with his snow blower. It’s been a morning of pictures and a big snow fight which was basically trying to see who could get the most snow onto the other person’s bare skin. Bethany is mean, by the way. I was all set to take her down but she got the jump on me. I didn’t have a chance. She later told me I fight like a girl. As if!
It was nice to see all the neighbors out, tackling the same dilemma. There were other screaming snow fights, a bob cat showed up for the more efficient snow removal tactic. The snow made us all feel like we were in a big cozy blanket. I love that weather is shared. It brings unity to community. It’s also an added bonus to throw unsuspecting cats into snow drifts to see how far they sink down.
Our driveway was halfway shoveled when Bethany and I started talking about the moments like these, when a “big strong guy” would be so handy to have around. Funny what makes a girl feel lonely. So I also got to think about Jason and how he had totally missed out on such a great opportunity to be back at shoveling. Jason is the same Jason that I was working with down in Antarctica. Around December he pestered me about coming up for a visit. I tried to dissuade him. I pointed out the obvious, this is Minnesota and he’d be here in February. That this is not a good combination for a vacation destination. Minnesota! He didn’t seem to care about those details. When I realized he wasn’t going to be scared off by dreary winter weather I also realized that I would really be looking forward to seeing him come up here. Ha, ha. I got the better end of that deal.
Jason arrived in time for our 20 below cold front, at least he had a little bit of a shock. My main concern was staving off his boredom. My parents live in the Boonies. Four TV channels, slow-as dial up connection, I haven’t been around home enough to get a feel for the big social scene. It turns out that the music concert schedule was in our favor. Everclear, one of my all time favorite bands, was in town as well as Papa Roach, one of Jason’s favorites. Since we are both Weird Al fans I thought it would also be appropriate and totally dorky to take Jason to see our state’s special land mark: The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota. Go look up the polka ballad by Weird Al and you’ll understand all that this ball of string symbolizes. They don’t have that in North Carolina.
His visit was so much fun. He met my friends and family, ate at all our old nostalgic restaurants, played with Bethany’s cats, toured the country bars and diners of rural Minnesota, saw my mural that I worked on during January, and we got paid to hang together and work at one of my former art teacher’s houses. Ten days goes by so fast. He just flew out a few days ago and I’m still have fond flash backs.
Plans are coming into play for my summer trip. I already have my ticket to Tyler, TX. My old, old friend Charity is moving up here! YAY! Once we drive back to MN we are going to leave almost immediately for North Carolina where both of us have numerous people to visit, some mutual. Then it will be my turn to visit Jason and his family. The Renaissance Festival is going to be on in his town! It sounds like there’s going to be a bit of an Antarctica reunion in NC. The Dining Attendants that I worked with on Ice are going to try to make it for a weekend, just the ones in the area. Mandi, Jana, and Emily. We might all get to go to the Renaissance. That would be so cool. It could be just like the costume parties we participated in together so many months ago.
I’ll keep you posted. February has been an awesome month.