Watching Hop and Waiting For Nemo

by Dagmar Bleasdale on February 9, 2013

water in bathtub during Sandy storm

Our bathtub looks like this again in anticipation of mega snow storm Nemo.

It’s been lightly snowing here all day and we got about 5 inches so far. They cancelled school so Landon was home with me, and we just had kind of a lazy day together.

Don is still in Australia, cavorting in the sun on the beach, so I’ve been preparing for Nemo in between playing with Landon, making vegetable soup with him, a sad one-balled snowman, snow shoveling, and reading and watching TV with L.

vegetable soup with kale

We found the movie Hop and watched that, and I let L be up too late just because.

Because we can sleep in and because it doesn’t look like we’re going anywhere tomorrow either. The storm is supposed to really get going around midnight until tomorrow morning. And with high winds there’s a good chance we might lose power again.

Hopefully not for five days, like we did after Sandy.

If it happens, I’m ready. L and I took a bath (“Mom, please come in, I want you to be the land. Just a few minutes, Mommy!”) and I refilled the bathtub in case we can’t use the well water. I’ve been filtering drinking water, the dishes are cleaned, I did a load of laundry and made coffee that I can heat up on the stove in the morning if need be.

I checked and sure enough, my next DIY post for EverydayFamily.com has been posted! This is my favorite one so far: I made this cool pie tin organizer. Check out what I decided to organize with it.

DIY pie tin organizer

If you are stranded due to Nemo, why not make one of my five fun DIY projects? Or one of these easy Valentine’s crafts with the kids?

I should mention that Don isn’t really cavorting around Australia anymore.

We’ve been in contact with him thanks to Facetime on our phones, and two days ago he called to say that he rolled his ankle jogging with his sister, fractured a bone, and that he’ll be in a cast for 6 weeks.

It’s one of those removable ones he can walk on — and hopefully work on — thank goodness. And thanks to the great health care system in Australia, he only had to pay $220 for seeing two doctors, getting an X-ray, and the cast.

Don told L something about a snake and that he had to protect his sister from it and rolled his foot in a hole when he grabbed it, and I didn’t really pay attention to the story because I thought he was just making it up for L. But a day later his sister poked her head into the phone while we were talking, saying: “Hey, did you hear about the snake?”

Uh, yeah, kind of.

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Karen February 10, 2013 at 4:25 PM

I hope the snow isn’t too bad and you aren’t out of power too long, if at all. We can see some newsfeed from the BBC that there was quite a dumping of snow, and a lot of people out of power on the East Coast. Weird weather, first Sandy, and now this!
Poor Don, I hope he is ok! Is he ok to fly home with his ankle? I actually had a pet snake as a teenager (a garter snake, pretty, but harmless, called Gerald, I used to carry him round in my pocket and freak people out, horrible teenager that I was :) ) but I know the snakes in Oz can be pretty nasty!

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Dagmar Bleasdale February 10, 2013 at 5:49 PM

We never lost power, thankfully. This was a rattle snake, I understand, and I still don’t understand why he couldn’t just run around it :)

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Oliver February 9, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Hi Dagmar. hope you do not drown in snow. Greetings to L! Hope Don comes up soon ;-)

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Dagmar Bleasdale February 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Hallo Oliver, wir haben viel Schnee aber der Wind war nicht schlimm und wir haven Strohm, das ist das Wichtigste. Wir konnen mit dem Wagen fahren, die Strassen sing geraumt, also muss der Schnee jetzt nur schmelzen. Don kommt am Montag ganz spaet wieder wenn alles klappt.

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PragmaticMom February 9, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I hope you didn’t lose power. We lost it for just 30 minutes when the storm first started (but only very gently snowing) but it’s been on ever since. We are now digging out. Whew! 2 feet is a lot of snow to put somewhere! Hope you are dug out too!

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Dagmar Bleasdale February 9, 2013 at 7:02 PM

LOL “2 feet of snow is a lot to put somewhere” is so right! I had to shovel out the car. Did a bit and then was able to drive over it, thankfully. Good workout, though :) Stay warm! And no, we didn’t lose power, wind wasn’t even that strong here. Totally over prepared.

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