Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snowy Seattle.

We arrived in Seattle yesterday morning, bright and early, after missing our flight out Friday night. My saint of a friend, Jackie, drove us to the airport at the crack of dawn, and luckily second time is a charm -- we made our flight.

In case you have not heard, Mother Nature has decided to punish Seattle. She has dumped Upstate-New-York levels of snow on Jet City. Usually, if it snows in Seattle (which is not even an annual occurrence), it melts within a day or two. Apparently, there has been snow on the ground for a week now, and there's no sign of the snow stopping yet.

Josh's big bro, Kitt, and our nephew, Jason, picked us up from the airport and we slowly made our way along a snowy I-5 back to their house. The roads are a bit treacherous, especially considering Seattle doesn't have sufficient plowing equipments and Seattleites drive as well in the snow and Angelenos drive in the rain. (For example, see here.)

Saturday night, we had planned on attending my sorority sister Lindsay's wedding. There was a lot of question whether the roads even would be open, but I did not want to miss it (especially because I was worried that a lot of guests would be snowed in). So, we carefully made our way to the ceremony at Bastyr Chapel. The chapel is beautiful, and they had set up candles down the aisle and on the altar, which was especially cozy and romantic given the weather.

Some photos, courtesy of Taryn:

The altar.

Taryn and the beautiful bride.

After the wedding, the snow was coming down even harder. The word was that there would be additional road closures, 60 mph winds, and another 6-8 inches of snow in the next few hours.

Taryn gave us a lift to the reception at the Hotel Deca, my favorite hotel in Seattle (although I still call accidentally it the Edmund Meany). Because of the weather, we unfortunately had to cut out a little early, but the food, decor, and drinks were all top notch (not that I would expect anything less from Lindsay)!

Taryn drove us back toward her place, and then Kitt picked us up and took us home. The roads were scary, but we arrived safe and sound. We drank some wine, chatted, and then when the power went out due to the storm ... well, we lit a fire and poured some more wine.

I took some pics of the snow at Kitt & Arian's house ...

Kitt shoveling the driveway.

So, we are pretty much snowed in today. The snow keeps falling, and the roads by the house have not been plowed, so we are having a lazy day. I have been catching up on my Google Reader and blogging (as you have, no doubt, noticed) and the boys have been watching movies and playing video games. After this post, I am probably going to curl up with a book. Lazy feels good these days.


WeezerMonkey said...

That is a lot of snow!

Apparently, you and I have switched places today. You are blogging, and I am "working" at the office. :P

angel said...

wowww i can't believe the snow! it looks gorgeous, although i'm sure it's a big headache for the people in seattle. :-/

danica said...

dang, it is bad in seattle! we have some snow in nyc, but nothing like what these pics show. i'm scheduled to fly into pdx on wednesday morning --- i hope the weather calms down!

enjoy the rest, you deserve it!!

R said...

The chapel looks beautiful. Glad you were able to make it out and back safely. That snow is pretty to look at, but I'm sure it's miserable. I hope you enjoy the rest of your vacay!

Moviegirl20 said...

I'm glad that he had a shovel! Who would expect Seattle to get snow like that!
The wedding looked beautiful, I'm so glad you were able to attend! And safely.

wan-nabe said...

i saw that you'd missed your flight on FB and growled on your behalf.

what pretty pictures, though!

California Girl said...

Wow, I can't believe that snow! Beautiful!

I hope you enjoyed "the lazy"... NOTHING sounds better than being snowed in a cozy casa, with warm coffee, blogs, and a good book :)

Winnie said...

The snow looks gorgeous! I'm sure it's cold as hell though :)

amber said...

yikes! you aren't kidding when you say they had a lot of snow!

hope you had a nice lazy vacation there.