It snowed today!
It was also snowing yesterday when I walked out of church service. However, whereas yesterday I was less than happy about the snow, today I fell in love!
I was pretty excited when I saw the snow from my living room window this morning, but I didn’t really want to go out in it. I kept checking the Internet hoping that classes were canceled, but when it was really time to leave and the school was still open, I finally ventured forth. It turned out to be a great day.
Only 9 of my 27 students showed up for class #1 of 3. We had a nice, laid-back class, and then I went to #2. (Don’t think that I don’t enjoy all of my 27 students. It can be a bit to manage though, so it was nice to have a smaller number for a day). Only 4 of my 15 students were at my second class, although a few more straggled in throughout the first 15 minutes. I made the decision not to follow my lesson plan for the day, but to instead look for examples of the grammar we’ve been studying in videos online. We were watching a clip when the screen suddenly froze and an emergency alert appeared on the screen, announcing the close of the school in another hour. With so few students attending already, I decided to let my students go ahead and go home.
On my way home, I swung by Fred Meyer to pick up a pair of gloves and a couple of picture frames for the living room. (This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, and finally have had the motivation to do since my roommate Jessica and I are hosting Thanksgiving on Thursday. I also got new curtains last week). When I got home, I needed to go to the post office, so I put on my new gloves, grabbed my camera, and decided to go for a walk.
I headed to the post office and then wandered around the neighborhood, trying to capture the snow. I don’t think I succeeded very well in that, but I did enjoy taking pictures. (I used to spend a lot of time taking pictures, but it seems like teaching has taken over that lately). I’ll post some of the pictures later on.
I spent a good deal of the late afternoon/early evening on the couch, reading books and doing a little bit of lesson planning/school work. Later, my Jess and I decided to go out in the snow to one of the pubs nearby, hoping to meet some more people who live around us. (We both have lots of friends in Seattle, but it’s always nice to know the people who live around you, and frequent the same places you frequent).
We saw that Conor Byrne, an Irish pub down the street, has all-day happy hour on Mondays, and decided to go there.
I don’t really know why, but I really, really, really love being able to walk down the street to a pub (or restaurant, or coffeehouse, or bus stop, or bank…) instead of driving my car to a parking lot. Believe it or not, it was really fun to walk in the 22 weather, wind blowing snow in my face, to go to a local pub and make friends with people there. Our bartender, Ryan, was really cool and we had some good conversation with him. We also met Matt and Nat, and I discovered that Matt grew up in Fuquay-Varina, a small town in NC just south of Raleigh. (Not too far from my hometown).
We stayed there for quite a while before heading back to the apartment, since one of Jessica’s friends (Mica) was on her way over to crash on the couch. (She was hanging out with some of her friends in Ballard, and couldn’t figure out how to get back to her apartment in Greenwood because of the snow). Now, I’m back on the couch, cozy in my Cozy (like a Snuggie, but comes with a remote control pocket on the front), relaxing with Jess and Mica, listening to good music, and typing while they knit. Will there be another snow day tomorrow? I don’t know, but I won’t complain if that cold, wet, white stuff is still around tomorrow!