snowed in. city grinds to a halt. silliness and boredom ensue.

December 27, 2010 |  Category:   family holidays life nyc

Daaayum. It’s like the city has never dealt with snow before. Like we’re on the West Coast or something and not capable of handling a blizzard. Like we’re living out some scenes from a Will Smith/Dennis Quaid/Morgan Freeman world is ending sort of Hollywood movie. See that sunrise in the first photo? They say that’s a snow day sunrise. Sure, 20 something inches came down, but c’mon New York, I know you’re better than this. What the hell happened? We’re not even in the city to revel in the collective snowpocalypse atmosphere, but still at my parents’ house in the burbs. It’s just quiet here. With nothing to do. Really. Actually, the roads around here are all plowed and we’ve shoveled the car out, but it’s the city that’s the problem. Heard Brooklyn is still a mess – 8pm and the roads are still unsalted and unplowed. Cars are abandoned in the middle of the streets, everything is closed, a garage roof a block away from our house has caved in creating closed roads and more havoc. Craziness. I don’t remember the last time the city was crippled by snow, but as with any natural and unnatural calamities, the internets is going crazy with photos, tweets, eyewitness news reports and general oversaturation of information. Oh, technology. But how else would I know staying out in the burbs is probably a smart idea? This storm is going down in history with the Great Double Tornado of 2010, the Blizzard of 2006, the Blackout of 2004, the Hurricane of 1985, etc. etc.

So what do you do when you’re snowed in?
You make pie. Apple pie with caramelized apple cider. YUM.

You give the kids some leftover dough to play with, but your mom has more fun sculpting things than the kids.

You let the kids discover vintage cartoons on TV. You know, the ones that we grew up watching: Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, Tom & Jerry.

The kids play with their new American Girl dolls that they got for Christmas while you somehow feel defeated by succumbing to American capitalism at its worst. But then you can’t help but be a little too enthusiastic about the gray wool coat that you bought for the dolls and you realize that it’s a lot like your new gray winter coat that you’re wearing these days (oh snap). Oh btw, meet Ivy (Mia’s doll) and Angie (Claudine’s doll).

When all else fails, your dad pulls out his stash of wigs and eyelashes leftover from his wig store including the ones that are custom for Diana Ross, and much to the delight of the kids, proceeds to dress them up like drag queens. Not your idea, his.

And when Claudine casts the eyelashes away, your mom picks them up from the floor and uses them as hair for her leftover pie dough sculptures.

True story.

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  • angie December 28, 2010 at 12:21 am

    haha, agreed. i’m from kansas and have seen worse, but it was kind of fun to see the city in such a frenzy. kids sledding down the middle of the streets and cars turned sideways and buried alive with snow 🙂 i remember loving the american girl books (when only 3 girls existed!) and obsessing over those dolls (mom refused to succumb) love seeing the pics of the pie and the wig!! sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed the aftermath of the snowstorm. cheers and looking forward to the blog and sweets for the new year!
    -your newest fan, the marshmallow squeezer 😀

  • jennifer December 28, 2010 at 12:23 am

    yup, I think we’re waiting ’til wednesday at least to come back to the city. we’ve heard it’s such a mess and we’re not sure where we’d put the auto. stranded in va for now where there is zero snow.

    ah well, we’ll try some of your suggested activities.

  • Lara December 28, 2010 at 1:44 am

    That sunset is delicious!

  • Caddy December 28, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Jenna the way you write is so entertaining! I appreciate how you find the humour in a the situations you guys are in. Your post is funny and made me smile.

    Belated Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  • Emma December 28, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Crikey I can’t relate to this at all, have only seen snow once and that was on a student Euro trip and was more fun than anything.

    That first photo is exquisite – maybe it’s normal for you guys but it honestly looks amazing to me.

    Cute photos :D, and nice pie!

  • RebeccaNYC December 28, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I think it is absolutely perfect that you have some forced time together after all that craziness that you and Mark go through before the holidays! I would much rather be out in the burbs where the snow at least has a chance of staying pretty for awhile than here on Broadway where the snow is now gone from the street (and piled up all over the cars parked on the side). Its a dirty wet mess at this point. My advice is to stay where you are until it is all gone. If I could, I would winter in Montreal where there is beautiful snow all the time, and they know how to deal with it!

  • Linnea December 28, 2010 at 9:02 am

    A good snowstorm can be wonderful

  • Danita Luna December 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Sounds great that you´re getting to spend all that time chilin´ together, and the pie looks delicious like all the other food stuff you ever show!

  • Megan Champion December 28, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    love the sunrise… glad you guys made it through the holidays and now are basking in pie dough and wigs.

  • gina December 28, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    What better way to “cope” with the blizzard
    that undid the city. Thanks for sharing!

  • ftenshin December 29, 2010 at 4:13 am

    your pictures make my day! playing dress up is always fun 🙂 hope the snow storm will end soon…

  • Alicia December 29, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Diana Ross wigs?! Every little girl’s dream!
    Truthfully I am craving a snowed in day, but Iowa is just too well practiced at the whole snow thing.