Monday, March 2, 2009

Snowed under

Good god, has there been a lot of snow in my life lately!
First off, if you've seen any national weather forecasts lately, you might have noticed something very un-March-like going on all over the East Coast. I just thought I'd reassure you that Russell and I have stayed perfectly safe and warm so far, and we aren't snowed in or anything- he did go into work yesterday, and I went to school. But we did get over a foot of snowfall between Sunday and Monday night- more than I've ever seen come down at once.

I wish I had taken some pictures yesterday, when it was still coming down so fast there was no point in plowing the roads or sidewalks. It's hard to convey how striking that looks. Today the roads are all cleared, and things seem much more normal (or what would have been normal in December or January.) Only once, on the way home from school today, did I look around in amazement thinking this all fell in one day. Whoever said "in like a lion, out like a lamb" wasn't kidding. But maybe "in like a Siberian tiger" would have been more accurate.

Besides going to school these past two days, I've also had two job interviews. After the weather advisories started going out Sunday night, I'd been uncertain the first one would happen. I wasn't looking forward to the trek into downtown Boston, and I thought my interviewer might feel the same way and call to cancel. She did call, but actually to say that we live in the same neighborhood in Cambridge, and would I like to meet in a café about three blocks down my street? I said of course, and the interview turned out fun and low-pressure. I really liked her, and I think I gave some good answers to her questions, so I may have a good shot at the job.

I had even more success this morning, when I did finally head downtown for a second interview at Mass Law Reform. I liked the attorney I met, and the project she's undertaking sounds like a fascinating way to spend my summer. Best of all, I left the office with a JOB OFFER! I took a deep breath and said I would probably be able to let her know by the end of the week.

Lovely readers, I could not be more grateful for this good news in the middle of such a crazy time. It's hard not to think of the impossible decision ahead if I get more than one job offer. But I'm trying to focus on the relief factor: summer is taken care of! I can worry about other things! And boy, do I have a lot of other things to worry about.

For one thing, I'm designing the t-shirt for the Public Interest Auction, an annual bash HLS puts together to celebrate and fund students' unpaid summer service work. The theme is "Bright Lights, Bid City," so I'm trying to make an "I [heart] PIA" or "I [heart] Public Interest" shirt that looks like the New York ones. Meanwhile, a draft of our Legal Research & Writing brief is due Saturday, and I'm fighting to get my share done by tomorrow night so my partner and I can piece the thing together in time. I've also got trainings, meetings and phone calls for TAP sprinkled all throughout this week, and I'm dangerously close to falling behind in my regular course readings.

Of course, a lot of this is because I spent Saturday in New Hampshire on an AMAZING SKI TRIP with Russell! And you thought I'd forget to tell you about it. Well, it was wonderful, mostly because Russell was a real champ about all the spills and chills of learning to ski. His learning curve was so impressive: we were off the bunny slopes and on the ski lift within an hour, and he'd quit falling almost entirely by day's end. Luckily, this particular resort had 4 different green (beginner) runs coming off a single chair lift, creating lots of variety even for first-timers.

Basically, I can't wait to take him out again. And I can think of a few of you readers who probably feel the same way now! Until then, I hope a few pictures will suffice:

Russell came back pretty bruised, and I still have my fair share of muscle aches to remind me of how hard we played. Not to mention that, probably due to all the exertion, my poor immune system finally lost its battle with Russell's cold and I was down for the count most of Sunday. Not convenient when the trip already put me so far behind in schoolwork! But I think it was well worth it- if only to remind us that snow isn't always such a bad thing. (:


Travis Horne said...

Just a note to say I'm insanely jealous of the ski trip. I miss living in a state where I had a ski slope within 15 minutes of me. =(

mimi said...

We knew when you went to Cambridge that the weather would be as much a part of your story as the school would be. I'm glad you have survived your first winter with your spirit in tact!