Tuesday, January 18, 2011

In Which Bronwen Figures Out How to Post Videos

So I know that -- being from Southern California and all -- I'm supposed to probably hate the snow and complain about it a lot... or make snide comments like "what's all this white stuff" and such... but I just can't.

I'm in love!

I love how pretty everything looks when it snows. And yes, it does turn ugly and slushy and gross, but it feels so peaceful when the snow is falling and everything is so white and pristine*. Like this:

So I'm a huge dope and didn't turn my iPhone the right way... but I'm glad to see that Blogger has turned it right side up for me (they post half of my photos sideways, so I'm amazed they got this one right). Turn up your sound... you can hear the snow hitting my umbrella!

And speaking of the cold, here's another little gem for you all. If you're friends with me on Facebook (or Gchat) sorry this is a duplicate. It also bears mention that my mother sent this to me.

*What does that say about me? Maybe I'm racist?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Ugly Snow

Remember how we talked about my beautiful winter wonderland the other day?

It looked kind of like this:

And it still does, until you look down.

Brown snow and slush... not so much. I just have to remember to look up!

More snow in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday. I'm looking forward to a fresh dusting to make everything pristine again! :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Back to Boston

Since I'd been gone for three whole weeks, Mother Nature decided to welcome me back to Boston with a HUGE snowstorm, my first since moving to the East!

On Monday, they pre-emptively called a Snow Day for today (Wednesday). And it was bad. It finally let up a little while ago, and I was able to jump out and take a few photos before it got dark. We got about 2 feet today.

The street looks like a Winter Wonderland.

Thank goodness Santa brought Snow Boots this year!


So it's been a while. I know, I know. I pretty much shut down over finals, and then we had Integrated Project, then I flew home to Long Beach... and pretty much went incommunicado for the next few weeks.

The first semester of b-school wrapped up pretty nicely. I turned in pretty decent grades, with a few surprises (hell-o B+ in finance!), and well above the range for academic probation. Once I found out that I was indeed not going to be kicked out of school, I settled in for a relaxing (and rainy) holiday and break, filled with family and friends.... and food.

It was nice being back in the LBC, and back in my parents' house. In many ways, it felt like I'd never left. The old house was mostly the same.

Except for one really huge difference.

Posted by Picasa

No, my parents have not rented out there home to be a location for the next season of "Dexter" (though that would be awesome), and no my Dad is not a serial killer now. They're just redoing the kitchen. The remodel is in full throes right now, which caused some pretty creative improvisation when it came to Christmas dinner (and every other dinner consumed in my parents' house for that matter).

Prime Rib on the BBQ rotisserie, and roasted potatoes

Potatoes, carrots, peas, and brussels sprouts on the camp stoves in the garage.

My mother is a saint, people. A SAINT! She's been living like this since September, and puts a hot, cooked meal on the table every night. She then does the dishes by hand - either in a 8.5" x 11" bar sink or in the work sink in the garage. A SAINT!

My dad's not bad either. He's doing a beautiful job on the kitchen, and he's doing it all himself. His retirement hobby so far has been cabinet-making, and he's actually quite good at it. And, as of yesterday, has three top cabinets installed. It's going to be lovely when it's done, and I can't wait to see it. 

Anyway, these are pretty much the only pictures I took over break. Pretty much because I was doing a lot of reading and sleeping on the couch. Glenn was kind enough to snap this one:

Happy New Year everyone!