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My neighbor was outside when I came around the house to see if I could find my dryer vent or not, and she seemed pretty amused at the idea of me going out there with snowshoes to try to unearth it. She said, "Come around here by my garage, that's the lowest point," and I kid you not, there was a five-foot drift next to me. On average I think I was walking on about four feet of snow, and each step I took sunk about a foot.

Without the snowshoes, forget it. Wouldn't have been able to make it even a couple of feet in. So they do work. (You can also see from my neighbor's fence that we're at the bottom of the hill, but that the snow filled it in straight across.)

Here, I found my vent and uncovered it, yay! And then I fell over. Boo. I floundered for quite a while--seriously, you don't realize how hard it is to stand up from a limbo-like position until every time you try to push yourself up, all that happens is your hand sinks. Then I decided to use my head. (Not literally...that would probably have been plan C, since my head has more surface area than my hand.) I put the snowshovel across the snow and pressed my hands into the flat of the scoop to lever myself into a standing position. Phew!

No, I don't plan on opening that back door anytime soon.

Now I can wash and dry my blanket. Yay!

(It looks like I fell spreadeagle, ha ha! That's just the way I used the shovel to push back onto my feet.)



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Feb. 5th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
I am so sick of the snow. But yay! You got your vent cleared! I can't use my garage until probably spring when all this snow thaws. I was hoping to win Mega Millions so I could ditch this weather and go visit Ali. No such luck.
Feb. 5th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
I feel like the photos don't make it look as deep as it is, either. We need someone standing there in snow up to their chest for scale. Even my porch and back door being buried is actually deeper than it looks because there's a deck there, too. So the door's pretty high off the ground to begin with, and then buried to the doorknob.

Sorry about your garage :(

I'm happy to have my vent cleared. I don't do much laundry but when you need underwear, you need underwear.
Feb. 5th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
It's hard to show the depth of the snow. Ali sent me a matching hat and scarf from her Australian Rules Football team. Blue and black. She always joked that I need to wear the hat in the snow so people could find me - it's kinda a reality now. I can no longer see my mailbox unless I am standing in front of it. The snow piles are so high I can't see traffic when I want to pull out of my driveway. I hate it.
Feb. 5th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Maybe I will go up to the park and snowshoe a bit for fun. Although we're supposed to get an "arctic blast" of air next week--so maybe I won't!
Feb. 5th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
The snow just looks so white and pristine. Yay for snow shoes. I got a little panicky as you were describing being unable to get up. That would freak me out.
Feb. 5th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
It was kind of freaky, after the first few failed attempts and feeling like a turtle stuck on its back. I think I've become a bit detached in that even when something scary is happening to me, I think about how I can use that feeling in a book someday. Plus I was wearing snow pants :D I figured I could try rolling away if worse came to worse.
Feb. 5th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
You need Vic to come shovel for you. After all, he has that new snow shovel!

Seriously, that is a huge amount of snow. I live at a high altitude with mountains and we don't have anywhere near that much snow.
Feb. 5th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
No doubt. Vic is extremely good at shoveling! Also ice skating. Hm... what a strange skill set I gave him!
Feb. 5th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
Ah, but what about snowshoes? Would he take to snowshoeing or end up doing the turtle?
Feb. 5th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
I think he'd be a good snowshoer because he's pretty lightweight, so he wouldn't sink as much. Plus he has a long stride. I think he could pretty much smoke any pursuit on snowshoes.
Feb. 5th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Actually, when you think about it, it makes perfect sense that a city boy from Chicago would have that skill set! Ya done good.
Feb. 5th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
Particularly with the shoveling, I think what he enjoys about it is that it's really difficult to do it wrong, so he gets accolades for just showing up and putting in the time.
Feb. 5th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
It does look like a spread-eagled body outline there in the snow. Well, it made for a great picture and story, anyway. Of course I'm glad you were finally able to get up. I probably wouldn't have thought of using the shovel, and would have just tried to slither along on my belly.
Feb. 5th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
I tried to climb up the deck railing a few times but there was nothing to grab. It was pretty creepy. I was happy I thought of the shovel idea.
Feb. 5th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
Aww, I thought you took the time to make a snow angel. :)
Feb. 5th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't doubt that snow angels were invented by people who fell in snowdrifts and couldn't get back up!
Feb. 6th, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)
wow, that's a lot of freaking snow =/
Feb. 7th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
And I used to think snow was fun.
Feb. 6th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
I haven't experience snow in at least a decade. I don't miss it.
Feb. 7th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
If it would magically not fall anywhere I needed to shovel or drive, I'd like it better!
Feb. 6th, 2011 08:25 am (UTC)
But it looks so soft and friendly. Look at it being all white and pretty and so smooth.
Feb. 7th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
It is very pretty! It's also nice and clean because the population density here is pretty scant. In a city it'd be all filthy by now.

Edited at 2011-02-07 02:38 pm (UTC)
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