Texans On Ice (Neither a Show, Nor a Drink)

Please excuse my mini-absence from PSS the past couple of days. To be quite honest, it’s been batty in my city. This week there was a day when it was 19 degrees F in town, and 32 degrees up in Norway where I spent Christmas — it was colder in Texas than it was in Norway. This is insanity.

Speaking of insanity, locals here do not know how to deal with ice. Unless it’s in their sweet tea.

HB and I were on “wreck-watch” for what seemed like hours, watching the freeways from our high rise apartment as the cars, like little ants, would inch along the overpasses covered in a dangerous thin film of ice. We watched fender-bender after fender-bender, cringing at near-misses, and our hearts in our throats as 18-wheelers passed by teeny little compacts.

The news reported that in just 4 short hours, over 100 traffic accidents were reported. And those are the reported ones. Rescue crews and police officers were getting in wrecks on their way to helping the people who got in wrecks. This is bananas!!

So, what have I been doing?

Friday the medical center was closed to non-essential personnel, and I’ve never been more happy to be called non-essential in my life. HB and I slept in, made some coffee, and I decided my new pair of Wildfox silvery-grey (gorgeous) denim leggings needed hemming. My only dilemma was that everything was closed and I didn’t dare venture too far out of my neighborhood with my brand new wheels.

So I decided to bite the bullet. I drove to my nearby Target, bought a cheap sewing machine (this one), some spools of thread, and came home to watch some Youtube videos on the matter. After watching a fair amount, I got to work. In the end, I have a pair of leggings that I hemmed myself, with a sewing machine I just learned how to use, and the results are remarkably better than I expected. Sure, I have some practice ahead of me, but I think I can officially do this now – which is a HALLELUJAH moment for me since I’m 5’2″ and I basically see my tailor more than I see my own parents.

This is the start of something good.

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  1. 02.05.2011 / 12:38 am

    I hear you on the weather. It's been really bad in Dallas. My husband and I went out to see a movie last night and I thought I was going to die. We basically slid there, and slid back home.

    Kuddos to you for going out! You are one brave girl.


  2. 02.05.2011 / 2:27 pm

    Snow I can handle… Ice, not so much. We live in the "hills" (of Eugene OR) and getting into town is treacherous when it's icy… I would also rather stay at home and be crafty! Although my sewing machine and I rarely get along – I tend to bake instead 🙂

    NY is coming up fast – When do you leave?!

  3. 02.05.2011 / 2:42 pm

    Oh my gosh- isn't the snow in the south ridiculous?! I'm from Connecticut, and was with my boyfriend in Atlanta over the holidays when all that snow hit and it was as if we had 4 feet of snow, when in reality, it was only 4 inches. There were over 1000 report accidents at one point!

    It looks like you occupied your time nicely, though. Good for you, teaching yourself to sew! I hardly got the hang of it after a whole semester of sewing class, haha.



  4. 02.05.2011 / 3:01 pm

    This has indeed been a crazy few days for us Houstonians. If it weren't for my more level-headed husband, I would have been one of those goofs sliding around on the freeway as well. Three days trapped inside with my 3-year-old twin boys has driven me beyond stir-crazy!

  5. 02.05.2011 / 3:34 pm

    Hemming is a good start. Something fun, and super easy to make is pillows. It's just straight lines. But, after you make them, and put them on your couch you feel accomplished.
    My Heart Blogged

  6. 02.05.2011 / 3:40 pm

    Well done you! I'm actually pretty much terrified of attempting to use a sewing machine, it would be a massacre.

  7. 02.05.2011 / 3:49 pm

    Wow, this looks bad, haven't seen anything this bad even up in the mountains in Tahoe, where we're skiing. Mind you its so hot here, its ridiculous…Have a great weekend!

  8. Izzie
    02.05.2011 / 5:17 pm

    Haha I'd love to see all you Texans try to deal with the Snowpocalypse occurring in the Midwest and East. Even locals are baffled by the amount of snow that's been piling up!

  9. 02.05.2011 / 5:31 pm

    Hahah oh my gosh, I thought the same thing on Friday! At first I felt like it was an ego-bust to be called non-essential, then sleeping in the next morning I was very happy about it! Glad you've been staying safe, the accidents were ridiculous!

  10. 02.06.2011 / 12:28 am

    It was 32 in Tucson- absolute insanity! And I used to live in Germany when I was little so extreme winter temperatures are nothing new to me but coming from the Southwest it's completely unexpected!

    I only left the house for Starbucks 🙂 🙂

  11. 02.06.2011 / 12:36 am

    glad you were safe!! and NICE on the new sewing machine =) sounds like a great investment!!

  12. 05.18.2011 / 1:52 pm

    Yeah. The weather that time was really bad and it really ruined my plans for that night. Thanks to the weather!!

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