I had so many pithy things to say about this storm... er, series of storms, but none of them really match the scope of ALL. OF. THIS. SNOW!
Sure, if you are from a place that gets lots of snow, you might shrug, or even laugh at us, but here, this was a seriously big deal... and the snow plows that were available weren't coming to the resuce of the residential neighborhoods. We were on our own.
In my county, the power lines (for the most part) are underground, so my family and our neighbors were all ok in that regard. We had food. We had heat and hot water, so our physical needs were met. We had music and books, and movies and lots, and lots, and LOTS of shoveling to keep us busy, so we couldn't get possibly get bored.
I have been involved in training two classes of post-academy trainees for the past month, and the pace of the training, the overtime involved have taken a toll on my blogging. Add to all of that, the Girl Scout meetings, indoor soccer, trying to have some family time, and multiple high-yield snowstorms, and you can my see why my poor wee blog has suffered from neglect.
I will tell you that my efforts in the training arena haven't been for naught... I have had to deal with 4 remedial shooters over the course of the past month, and it is my happy duty to tell you that I was able to bring all of them up to agency standards over an eight hour remedial training program. Hooray for me them.
In the next several days, I plan to post several things for you. The first being Gunfighter's report on Snowpocalypse 2010, which will detail our preparations and suffering during this horrific, cataclysmic event.
I will also be posting about the 2010 Gunfighter Awards, which are bestowed annually on newsmakers, celebrities, and just plain old folks who have caught my attention over the past year.
In the following days/weeks, I plan to write a few product reviews, as well as book reviews for some of the things that I have been reading lately.
I'll end here, because I can see how excited you all are about this. I just wanted to let you all know that I am still alive and kicking.
The New Year is almost upon us, so instead of writing some useless drivel about the changes in my life and blah, blah, blah... I thought I would share some of my favorite blog posts from this year. So, if you are new to my blog and want a sampling of my writing, here it is. If you aren't new, have a look and see if you missed anything.
I finally got around to writing about the causes and effects of The War of 1812, for my dear friend, Janet... I get a lot of hits from people seraching for info about this splendid little war... and even some unpleasant comments. I guess people are still touchy about it. Who knew?
Mega-star Beyonce and I have something in common, did you know that? It isn't love for Jay-Z... and it isn't a common relative or ancestor (none that I know of anyway). It isn't the we both have sung for the President of The United States (I must have lost my invitation for that little shindig).
No... what we have in common is a little more er... personal. You see, Ms. Knowles (or is it Mrs. Z?) was born on September 4th, 1981. That was the day I left home to go to Boot Camp.
Last Sunday was my youngest daughter's eleventh birthday.
It was a fine day... a fine day in a series of fine days. We spent the weekend in Williamsburg, Va., browsing through the College of William & Mary bookstore; and the bookstore in the colonial area visitors center. Before we retired for the evening, we had a visit to the New Town shopping area and while Susan went to the Barnes & Noble store, Olivia and I went to the "More Than Just Beads" shop to get some cool beads.
Once we were all done, we made our way back to the hotel, and ordered pizza while Mrs. GF and Soccer Girl went for a swim.
We drove home on Sunday morning, stopping for lunch (and a quick run through Borders) in Fredricksburg before getting home for presents etc...
We had a nice dinner, but trust me when I tell you, that a certain child that I know was beside herself waiting for her presents, all of which she was very happy about... especially her new cell phone. Yes, a cell phone. I know, I know... there are a thousand and five reasons for her to not have a phone, but there is one reason that trumps all of them: She can call me, Mrs GF, or a certian list of trusted adults who can help her when she is in need. That's enough for me.
SoccerGirl is a sweet kid, and she had a good birthday weekend with her family... It doesn't get any better that (at least, not until your dad brings home your NEW DOG!).
Our Vacation is at an end... if you are reading this on Sunday, please pray for us as we make our way to our home in Virginia from sunny Florida. I promise to blog all about it once we get back to Prince William County.
Addendum: Safe arrival at home last night, after a long 12 hour drive. It's good to be home!