Thursday, February 11, 2010

Birthday...and the Blizzard of 2010.

This whirlwind of a week and a half has passed me by, and I cannot believe it is almost time for Valentine's Day. In the span of a week and a half I have turned 22, started teaching almost a full-day of school (minus math, ick!), and dealt with an accumulation of 4 feet of snow (seriously!).

My birthday was pretty uneventful (especially when compared to my 21st birthday shenanigans)- my parents came up the Sunday before and took J and I out all over Philly. We ate at the White Dog Cafe - an all organic, sustainable restaurant that was built in an old Brownstone in Philly. It was absolutely fabulous. We wandered around the Museum of Contemporary Art, where even I was confused by some of the pieces there, and couldn't even understand or appreciate the thought behind them (what is the point or meaning behind a naked man jumping in snow for thirty minutes). After that, we headed back to my apartment, where naturally, we all ended up falling asleep until our dinner reservation at Redstone, which was absolutely lovely. Redstone is a chain, and if any of you have one nearby, I would highly recommend it! Later on, friends came over for delicious homemade birthday cake compliments of my mom, who is a fabulous baker, which wrapped up a lovely evening.

Apparently I was in a very "beige" mood that day...


On my actual birthday, J took me out to dinner in Philly, which was a lot of fun, and a great way to unwind from a stressful day of student teaching! It's always fun getting dressed up and going out to eat =)

Officially 22! (Baby J is still 21).

And then came the blizzard of 2010.

The forecast for last Friday night called for snow - lots of it. Enough that my school had an early dismissal (which was great trying to get 22 fourth graders to pay attention to a spelling test), and that work for that night was canceled. 6:00 passed by with no sign of snow, and I began to groan thinking of all the money that I could make (and the birthday present I was likely to receive from the family I work for). Around 8:00 though, the snow came pouring down.

When I awoke the next morning and looked out my window, I couldn't see anything - snow was absolutely everywhere and it was blinding.

Veryyy deep snow.

So my friends and I decided to take full advantage of the beautiful, snow covered campus, so we put on our warmest (and in my case as you will see by the pictures, ugliest) clothing, and ventured out into the winter wonderland.

A, M, and J: Roomie Christmas card 2010.


Apparently A is very dedicated to getting a good picture.


Pretty snow covered dining commons.


Christmas Card 2010.

We thought the snow was behind us, but no - starting on Tuesday night, the snow came down more and more, accumulating another 20 inches! We all enjoyed it (especially moi - I have off tomorrow as well which makes a 6 day weekend!), but now it's at the point where our shoulders and backs are aching from shoveling our cars out (I know this would not have happened back when I was 21), and we're a little bored from being cooped up all the time. And now MORE snow is predicted for Monday night, ahh!



A day when you're snowed in definitely calls for a grilled cheese sandwich with pea soup. Yummo!

By the end of the day, these trees were COVERED in snow!

For all of you who have braved the blizzard, I hope you're safe and doing well - and for all my west coast friends, I envy the fact that you can lay out and enjoy the sunshine (without being blinded from the snow!). Love you all - have a fabulous Valentine's Day, whether you're in a relationship, or doing your own thing. (As for J and I, we're going away for the weekend, hopefully getting yummy food somewhere and just relaxing and enjoying the company of each other! Yayyy for getaways - it's our first!). You're all so lovely and wonderful. xox

(Not that you would, but these pictures are all my own, so please don't use them without my permission. Thanks, darlings).

*I am so saddened by the death of Alexander McQueen. His designs were always so exquisite, and he had an eye like none other. The fashion world has truly lost an icon.


Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

You look so cute in all your pictures - as always!! I can't get over all the snow you guys are getting! And here we are in the Pacific Northwest with hardly any snow on the mountains! Glad you had such a wonderful birthday! xoxo!!

♥Aubrey said...

O did i miss your birthday? I feel terrible as ever. I will definitely make it up to you...i swear!!!

Onto this snow shall we :)
It's gorgeous and i love all of the pictures you've displayed for us. I can't believe that is your's like something out of a storybook.

.....MISS YOU!!!.....Stay warm

Tom Cupples said...

Belated Happy Birthday Allison. Hope you had a lovely time. And ..... thanks for your comments on my Blog - I really appreciate them.

Morgane said...

happy birthday with some late : you look so cute on this pics...
I wish one day in my life i could see a blizzard like this ! We heard about it on the tv news ! whaouh so much snow is just insane ! But how fun it must be !

Jocelyn said...

such cute pictures! I love the snow! But here on Utah I'm ready for spring! Did you go snowboarding? Haha.

I can't belive it's been a year since your 21st birthday post! That honestly seems like a few months ago... I hope you have an amazing valentines day Alison! And I'm so jealous you have someone to spend it with :)


zupu said...

Buon Compleanno bella, Happy Birthday dear!

Such gorgeous pictures, looks like you are having lots of fun :)

Have a lovely Valentines day!

▲my• said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like you have a fun time!

Wow. So much snow... everyone but Az's getting it. Haha send some my way! :D

And that grilled cheese looks SO GOOD.

Eddie said...

First and foremost I want to wish you the bestest Birthday imaginable (yes, I said bestest). Second, I enjoyed all of the photos you posted. I love that you guys enjoy the snow and not have any hard feelings toward it because I myself lurve when we receive a pounding of it here in New York (as we have, although you received a full 3 feet more than us!).

I also wanted to eternally thank you for the incredible comments you left on my blog. You always manage to put a huge cheesy smile on my face while warming my heart to the core in the process. I'm glad that you saw beyond the surface of my dripping sarcasm and read it for what it was... COMEDY!

I adore you my love and I promise that I will be a better, improved blogging buddy. I apologize for my continuous absence from the blogging world, and I do promise to come by and visit more often. I would love to meet you someday before I push daisies beneath a willow tree. You're an angel.

Besitos para siempre...


Couture Carrie said...

Really fun pics, darling!

Happy Birthday!!


Startup Wife said...

Happy birthday!

That blizzard looks CRAZY! Seeing everyone's pictures has been so insane. It was like, sixty here today!

J said...

happy birthday!! yes the blizzard has beenn even crazier for us in the dc metro! i cannot believe there is more snow for monday eeks!! i lived in philly for the last 3 yrs for school, its a great eating city!! :)

Nicole Linette said...

Hello Allison, and a Happy Valentine's Day to you! I hope it's going wonderful with J. And a Happy Belated Birthday!!! It sounded really nice even though it wasn't as wild as the year before :)
I love all these pictures you have! Snowfall on trees is gorgeous. Your friends and family are going to recieve some lovely Christmas cards the coming season :D!!
Isn't it ridiculous, I live in Western New York and compared to Jersey and Maryland, we've barely been touched! Maybe four or five inches, but the powder is too soft to even XC ski. Ahh well, it appears you've been making the most of it, but I hope it doesn't mess anything up for you :)

I heard about Alexander McQueen, and it sort of broke my heart. He wasn't done erupting the world of fashion.. rest in peace.

Talk to you soon! :)
~ nicole.

kimvee said...

Lovely winter photos! The blizzard was crazy that day :D I'm craving for a grilled cheese sandwich now after looking at that photo, yum! :P

aren said...

Glad to hear your birthday went well even if it didn't live up to your 21 birthday bash filled with "tomfoolery". :P OH, you look smashing in your beige garb. The snow added a nice scenery to the pictures, we only accumulated about five inches of snowfall though. D: And don't look at me crazy like, but don't know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich, hahaha. XD

Laura Trevey said...

Happy Birthday and looks like such fun in the snow!!


stellectism said...

lovely winter photos and happy belated bday to you <3
i love those shoots in the snows. can't believe it's blazing hot here while it's snowing there!

Kristin said...

Glad to hear you had a fab time lady! And you looked great. That storm was crazy! My girlfriend is a resident at CHOP and she almost couldn't get outta the city to go to our friend's wedding this weekend!

fhen said...

oowhh so sorry.. miss your birthday!
:( feel so badd..
hope your 22 is a great year and all the best always dear

looks like your birthday is totally awesome!! :)

missing you and the post too!
hope you are doing well
have a great weekend

Morgane said...

hello !
i tagged you on my blog : feel free to play !

Hanako66 said...

you two are such an adorable couple.

happy belated birthday!!