Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Winter, come and gone...

I know, I know. I haven't been blogging lately. Sorry. I guess I just haven't felt that much in my recent life was blog-worthy (except perhaps Christmas, but I was too busy enjoying my family to do it then, and then it just got forgotten in the daily/weekly shuffle in the time that followed). Mostly, my life has been a lot of work and chilling at home when I'm not working. Nothing spectacular.

Still, I've been feeling the blogging bug again--at least a little bit. First, to share the one big piece of news that will significantly impact my life in the near future: I've been accepted into the MLIS program at Syracuse University! This is a big thing for me, especially considering the fact that SU was one of the main reasons for my relocation. Sure, I figured if I didn't get in, I could always re-apply next year, or apply to an online program at a different school. But I am so grateful I don't have to consider those options, now that I have been accepted for the fall semester. That is a HUGE load off my shoulders. (Now, of course, I have to find a way to pay for it. One thing at a time, though...)

The other thing I felt semi-inspired to blog about was winter/snow. Like pretty much the rest of the country, this has apparently been a bizarre winter for the Syracuse area. Bizarre as in mild. Despite all the rumors I'd heard about the "lake effect" and how the Syracuse region typically gets more snow than any other part of New York, I wasn't seeing much of it at ALL. I don't think we even got any snow until January. And even when we did get any accumulation, it was usually gone within 48 hours, due to fluctuating temperatures. Thus, it has been hard for me to even get pictures of my neighborhood blanketed in white.

Sure, most of you are thinking, "Isn't this a GOOD thing?" I will only say "Maybe" because I didn't have money for snow tires. But generally, I say "NO!" because I like snow in the wintertime, and because the pessimist in me believes that the less snow we get in the winter, the MORE it will wreak vengeance/havoc in the spring/summer months, when I want all snow to be GONE!

All that being said, we did get a nice, fluffy, cotton-candy-esque snowfall Sunday night/Monday morning. Since I didn't have to be to work until later Monday morning, I grabbed my camera so I could try to snag a few shots on my morning walk.

Thus, I present you with "A Snowy Syracuse Morning" (or "Walking Through the Park on a Snowy Morning"):

Our apartment, winter-style.

Frankie, dressed in white.

And here are a few shots of Barry Park and the waterway just down the street from the apartment:

Not surprisingly, despite the depth of the snow in the morning, it was about half-gone by the afternoon, and will probably be completely gone within the next day or two. Still, while I am keeping my fingers crossed that Spring arrives on time, it was a lovely walk--calm, peaceful, serene- with that nice hushed, subdued quality that only snow can bring.


Sarah Lambson said...

Those are fantastic photos! I would say I wish MO would get a little more snow, but I am enjoying the spring weather TOO MUCH. There comes a point where there has been just too much nice weather to want to go back.

I am SO GLAD YOU GOT IN!! (Did you have to take the GRE? If not, *I* need to find me a school like that. If SO, how was it?)

Love you lots!

Ellaniemae said...

I think your pictures of the snow are beautiful and are enough to tide me over until next winter. I like the snow if I don't have to go out in it, but I really don't mind pictures of the white frozen stuff. I wish you great luck in your program!!