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The blizzard has arrived

February 8th, 2013 at 11:04 am

They're predicting up to 2 feet in my area, though Boston could be getting 3 feet!

It's coming down now at a steady clip with a few inches on the ground; the worst will be overnight.

I am mostly concerned about losing power. I turned my heat up a few degrees, and will turn it up still further this evening when the winds pick up. I figure if I do lose power, the house will start off that much warmer.

I was able to bring work home with me and worked from home today, but it only took me 3.5 hours to do. I'd been hoping to get in a full day's work.

No matter...i have to distribute a press release for a real estate client today, and I still have his blog to write, too.

I've got sunflower seed and suet in the bird feeders and they're going nuts over it. As a special treat from my sister, i have a small bowl of handpicked hazelnuts and hawthorn berries for them too. They seem to be ignoring the bright red hawthorn berries.

I have my batteries for the radio ready, and my 3 flashlights. I should have gotten a new snow shovel when i saw them at WalMart for $7, but I skipped it. All I have is a plastic cracked shovel; not sure how long it will hold out. Really, should've gotten a new one when I had the chance. Oh well.

I got a call from a recruiter this morning, first time in a very long time, about a job i'd just applied for. A technical writer job at GE, temporary. I had to pass on it becus it was for only 1 month. If i took it, i'd have to quit my $12/hr p/t proofreading job. The GE job would pay much better, but after 1 month, I'd be left with nothing.

I mailed off my tax returns yesterday and am expecting $940 back from federal, and $46 back from the state. I'm thrilled.

I need to recalculate my withholding, though, because I hadn't noticed that my little part-time job was deducting NOTHING from either state or federal. I mean, I know I make very little there to begin with, but I still don't want to be stuck with a big bill at year's end. I'll have to specify a fixed amount, not ideal for my variable hours at that job, but still closer to what my actual deductions should be.

9 Responses to “The blizzard has arrived”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Is it too late to run and get that shovel? I think I rather step out before it gets worth than be trapped in with a cracked shovel. Stay safe and fingers crossed for full power all the way through.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Be safe!

  3. patientsaver.com Says:

    Good idea, but i don't want to venture out now. Worst case scenario, i could borrow a shovel from a neighbor

  4. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    What about duct tape?

  5. patientsaver.com Says:

    Duct tape: I was thinking about that! Wondering how strong it would be? I think I may try duct tape on both sides of the crack. Duct tape I have plenty of. Worth a shot.

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    Keep warm and safe!

  7. snafu Says:

    If you're expecting high wind velocity, I suggest stapling/tacking or somehow affixing quilts or folded blankets over windows and door frames. There is a lot of heat lost through invisible openings. Try layering your clothes to feel warm including warm socks and some kind of knit hat. Mittens are warmer than gloves. Stay safe and warm

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Hope you keep your power!

  9. rob62521 Says:

    Hope you are OK and keep your power.

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