So here we are, broadcasting from Chicago, IL and reporting on the Blizzard of 2011! Officially the most snow I have ever seen in my LIFE! I’m sure everybody has been watching the news and keeping up with the blizzard that swept through the North West so I won’t recount how terrible the wind was, with gusts up to 55 mph. And I won’t tell you that we got around 2 feet of snow, or how at 11.40am it is still falling at around 3″ per hour. I’m not gonna waste valuable word count reiterating how Chicago Public Transit has come to an almost complete halt, with some of the El’ lines (Brown Line—Colin’s way into work) not even running and Lake Shore Drive littered with abandoned cars. There is no need to talk about snow drifts that have almost completely covered cars and that the further out of the down town area you go the less likely you will find a snow plowed road.
Instead, I would like to talk about how cool it is that in my first year of living in Chicago I get a snow day! We get these periodically in Dallas, Texas but instead of snow we get ice, and of course that is a lot more dangerous. Apparently, here in Chicago they don’t do snow days…ha! The Texan moves north and NOW you Northerners get a snow day! Since I’m a sales man or “sales woman” for all you that are politically correct out there, I am really appreciative that I don’t have to get out and walk through all this stuff.
Kalie on the other hand, is LOVING it! She literally swims through the drifts and enjoys jumping from bank to bank. Since our apartment faces the street we can see all the people walking around in it. The street is covered with snow and you can’t drive through it, you have to literally dig yourself out as you drive along. This is so crazy to think about and frankly amazing to see.
I’ve always seen on TV or heard about the huge snow falls up North, in Boston, Main and New York but I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. We talked with my In-Laws today via Skype and Mrs. Pam showed us pictures of her back yard and it is comical compared to the snow that we have. Of course then my next thought is, “And Dallas shuts down for less. They would think it was the apocalypse if they got all this!”
I’ll keep ya’ll updated. I’m posting pictures AND video so if you have slow connections beware that it might take a minute to watch it. I think we should collectively gather round with a cup of Coco, a good book or great movie, Papaw’s heater blanket (thank you Mamaw!) and “hunker down” as my Mother would say. We’re not going anywhere kiddos, maybe tomorrow will yield yet another snow day!!
Signing off in Lakeview, Chicago, IL this is the Cumbie Clan!
***More pictures in the gallery!!***
Those of you that have known us for at least year know that we got married on New Years, last year. As of this blog post we have been married for 1 year and 1 day! It has been an amazing 1st year and I am going to recap all that we have been through in our first year of marriage! I love you Colin and I feel so blessed to have you as my husband and I had a great first year and can’t wait to see what year 2 brings us!
A year in review…..
January 1 we got married and then went out to eat at our favorite place in Dallas–The Metro Diner! We had all our bestest friends with us and felt so blessed and surrounded by love. Mrs. Pam drove us to the airport to be on a 9am flight to New Orleans for our honeymoon. We spent 4 glorious days at Ashton’s Bed and Breakfast. The food was great and it was so relaxing to just be and stroll through New Orleans. We ate well and life was amazing.
I started my final full semester of school taking 21 hours and needing to maintain my A average–which I did by the way! About mid January I was back in Baylor Hospital. After we changed doctors due to a bogus diagnosis, more blood tests were run, an MRI was ordered and it was decided that I had had a mini stroke. I was also diagnosed with Lupus and a blood disorder requiring me to be a life long Coumadin patient. For more information regarding what exactly Lupus is and what Coumadin is used for check out the websites below respectively:
Not going to allow the diagnosis to dictate how we were going to spend our life, we went forward. We moved into a larger yet less expensive apartment in February. We loved our place, it was so nice and spacious. I got a job at Williams Financial Group after I graduated in May and I loved my job. I loved the people I worked with and life was going GREAT! Then as it often happens in life, we thought we could settle in, but the Universe had different plans. Colin was ready for a change in scenery and wanted to explore other career opportunities.
We started to look at different cities and the cost of living in each. We narrowed it down to Chicago, Portland (which was our first choice) and Denver. Colin started feeling out the job market in Portland and then Chicago. In August we decided Colin should just leave his job and go live in X city for two weeks, get a job and then I would move up. So we looked at what it would cost for Colin to live in Portland vs Chicago for two weeks, and then what it would cost to get a Uhaul to Portland vs Chicago. Well, as we all know, Chicago won the cost factor contest.
Colin started interviewing in the financial sector, I turned in my two weeks notice at the beginning of September. By September 12th Colin, Kalie and I were officially living in Chi-town. I was at a loss as to what career path to pursue. Colin encouraged me to go in the direction of sales. I had 0 sales experience but Colin wasn’t going to let that stop me! So I had some help from one Eric Lemieux and Vince with Selling Point in Boston and I got a job working at locallife.com! I now sell online marketing and custom websites. I rock at my job and am so far hitting my sales goals.
We had a great New Year/Anniversary celebration. We went to eat at Feast in the Gold Coast and ate one of the best 4 course Prix Fixe meals I think I have ever had! It was A-MA-ZING! We then went to O’Leary’s Public House on Wells and Ohio. Rung in the new year with Steve and Pat. Thank you Steve so much for the bottle of Champagne! We met a cool cat, Justice, who was in the city for a visit. He is a chef and opening a new restaurant in Joliet, IL. He stayed with us as we went to The Green Door Tavern on Orleans just south of Superior. The Green Door was so much fun! Then last but certainly not least we went out to Declan’s. Declan’s was bumping and Jeff one of the main guys there had a great turn out! Colin and I so enjoyed our New Year meal at Feast and our mini Pub Crawl from O’Leary’s to Green Door and ending the night at Declan’s. My new favorite bars in Chicago!
We ended the year on a splash, the same we started it! Here is to a beautiful 2011! I can’t wait to see what the new yearbrings!