Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas in Seattle

I had so many plans to do fun and amazing things here locally this holiday season.

Leavenworth was at the top of my list (not the's a small town in the mountains made to look like a Bavarian village and they do up a German-style Christmas celebration every year). The Zoo Lights at Point Defiance Zoo. Any of the three different local productions of The Nutcracker. I had looked forward to doing at least one or two posts about local holiday activities.

Alas, it was not meant to be.

Mother Nature has prevented anyone from traveling into, out of, or within the local area. We've had water in various frozen forms dumped all over us for the past week now. Sea-Tac is a disaster and the vast majority of travelers there are stranded. Locals can't get around very well without snow chains (and do I have any? Of course not.). In fact, I am posting this from my house at the moment, where I am snowed in, without any reasonable hope of getting out in the near future, at least in my own car. Needless to say, I am off work. Tomorrow, I may have to have my husband take me to work in his considerably larger but much more unsafe vehicle.

So...this concludes my posts for 2008. I hope 2009 is full of many more adventures and a lot more fun than I had this year. I was spoiled in Europe, so this year has been a total disappointment, even though I loved almost every place I got to visit.

And to those who have yet to visit Seattle, may I make one suggestion? Come out here in the summer. Yes, snow like this is rare (normally, it would be rain.) And at first I found it charming. But it's now 3 days before Christmas, I can't get anything done because I can't go anywhere, and I'm getting increasingly frustrated. This is not the place to be when it snows. Unless you're in the mountains and like to ski. Trust me on this.

Anyway, until next year, I bid you adieu. Thanks for those of you who are loyal readers, and those of you who stumbled upon this blog randomly and felt compelled to comment. I hope to see this grow even more in 2009.

Happy Holidays!