Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ice Ice Baby

(Alternate Title: I Hate Oncor)

In early December, Dallas got hit with a huge ice storm (which is not near as fun as a snow storm). We knew it was coming, and I had grand plans of hunkering down in our warm house, finishing our Christmas decorations, and drinking lots of hot chocolate. 

But thanks to all the ice-covered tree branches that fell around our neighborhood (and the lack of quick assistance from Oncor), our power was out ALL weekend. That's right...for 72 freaking hours.

Which meant all the fabulous food I had purchased in preparation for the weekend had to be packed up and stored in nature's fridge.

No power also meant no heat, which is no bueno when you have a toddler. Luckily, our sweet friends and family hosted us on Friday and Saturday night. 

We stayed with the Hubbards on Friday. Not only did Josh and I enjoy hanging out with Russ and Tessa, but Ava and Grant also had a fabulous time!

We stayed with the Lockwoods on Saturday, and Ava got in lots of quality time with her cousins.

When our power still wasn't on by Sunday afternoon, we decided to splurge a bit and checked into the Palomar hotel (they allow dogs).

It was a wonderful little staycation in the middle of a crazy weekend. And Ava very much enjoyed her first experience in a Jacuzzi tub :).

Our power finally came back on Monday morning, but Ava's school was still closed. So we enjoyed a fun day inside…while I did about a thousand loads of laundry. And while the ice had thawed a bit, our house and yard were still covered...

While I would love another snow day this winter, I pray our power stays on. 

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My name is Catherine, but most of my friends call me Cat. I was born and raised in Austin, went to TCU, and ended up in Dallas for law school (where Josh and I met). I decided that being an attorney was not my cup of tea and pursued a career in legal marketing instead. I am now a mother of two attempting to balance family with a full-time job, which is always an adventure. I love: my sweet babies, handsome husband, very large family, and fabulous friends; trying new restaurants; wine; TCU football; holidays; cooking; The Bar Method; pajamas; La Croix; reading; coffee; podcasts; Central Market; carbs; the beach; mani/pedis; Anthropologie; binge-worthy TV shows; trivia; French 75s; Pinterest; cheese boards; The Ticket; dancing; Sprinkles cupcakes; The Texas Rangers; fresh flowers; thunderstorms; naps; Tex-Mex; the Texas Hill Country; porch-sitting; ranch dressing; throwing parties; and my job. I hate: working-mom guilt; snakes; heights; waking up early; ignorant people; stomach bugs; paper cuts; green fruit; snoring; bad hair days; the sound of people eating (Misophonia); scary movies; bad drivers; pulpy OJ; trimming baby fingernails; and Miracle Whip. I think that about sums it up.


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