snow sure is pretty, but…

December 21, 2009 |  Category:   life


What a morning. Mark is at Gifted today and we decided to ditch trying to get the car out of the snow and instead opted for a car service early this morning at 7:30. We figured that it would be a wash paying for parking in Manhattan and then trying to find a space in the snow again later tonight at 8:30. Once he got in, Mark dashed to both locations of Dean & Deluca to make deliveries before settling in to set up the table for the 11am opening. If you stop by Gifted and see him dozing, give him a poke and maybe a cup of coffee. We were both up till 3:30am last night trying to get everything ready for the market.

I had a similar mad dash this morning trying to get the 2 kids out the door for Mia’s school drop off, a long wait at the post office (the line wrapped around the block even before it opened), a long wait at the doctor’s office for a suspected ear infection in Claudine, a long wait to get antibiotics at the drug store, a trip to the supermarket to pick up some badly needed groceries and a tough time in general trying to maneuver a borrowed jogging stroller around the heaps of slush and mounds of shoveled snow around the curbs. Have you ever tried pushing a stroller in the snow? Not so fun, especially for sore shoulders and backs.

Snow is great when it’s freshly fallen and for play, but not so pleasant when it starts to melt and turn into black slush as you’re trying to run errands. But we did play yesterday in Prospect Park, though it wasn’t nearly as much fun as last winter’s big sledding excursion. I think Claudine was already feeling discomfort from her ear infection (“I don’t want to play in the snow everyday”) and it was difficult trying to keep track of 2 children by myself with the throngs of other heavily bundled up kids dotting the snowy meadow. But I suspect this won’t be our last snow day this winter. It will be good to have Mark around more once the dust settles from HolidayMadness09. Just a few more days…

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  • mrs boo radley December 21, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Hope Claudine feels better soon, and that you all find some peace and rest. Love the pictures.

    mrs boo rad

  • casey December 21, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    sorry your daughter isn’t feeling well… i love your blog, you take the best pictures of everyday life! so vibrant!

  • Kim December 21, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I hope everything will be fine for xmas day =) Hoping to stop by Gifted soon…

  • Lara December 21, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Geez, that close-up of Claudine is priceless. And I love Mia’s look of genuine happiness while sledding/discing down the hill.

  • emeline December 21, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    ooooh, walk to school, peds office, pharmacy, groceries and sledding? I bow down to you. We stayed in and baked scones (when I say we, I mean me- the boys have zero baking interest). And don’t get me started on strollers and snow! Yay for the prospect of more Mark at home!

  • chris December 22, 2009 at 2:45 am

    fantastic pictures. hope you little one feels better soon! i was wondering where you got claudine’s cute parka. it looks cozy.

  • Andrew Thornton December 22, 2009 at 4:30 am

    I won’t miss the black slush. That’s one of the things that I hated about the City and was one of the first things to turn me against snow. It was me stepping off the curb, eyes wide with wonder at all the falling snow… thinking that my foot would fall on solid asphalt, but sinking ankle deep in the nastiest, blackest, foulest black slush. So nasty was it that I have never been able to get that white sock quite as white, even with chemical bleaching and with trying to bleach it in the sun.

    So I feel for you and your’s. And isn’t it always the worst days that there’s a line at the post office? Everyone gets the bright idea to beat the rush.

  • Wiebke December 22, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Dear Jenna, I send you quite a lot of power for the last few days … Get well for your little mouse and you a happy Christmas and a wonderful and lovely new year … Greetings with love from Wiebke

  • Linda December 22, 2009 at 10:04 am

    On snow and strollers… We’re visiting my husband’s family in Wantagh and plan to come into the city (and stop by Gifted). Our daughter is 2.5 years old and still usually takes naps, so we were thinking of bringing an umbrella stroller. But now I’m wondering if that’s such a good idea now. Any advice for a LA visitor with no snow+stroller experience?
    Happy holidays to you and the family!

  • Jenna December 22, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Linda, You should be fine now because the snow is mostly plowed on the sidewalks and streets and is melting everyday. shouldn’t be a problem. Have fun!!

  • cvjn December 24, 2009 at 1:18 am

    okay. that picture of claudine close up, is STUNNING. she’s an incredibly beautiful child, you are a wonderful photographer, and that picture is both her beauty and your talent at their best! wow.