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Posted on Tuesday 3 March 2009 at 8:57 pm


Sunday night it snowed. Ever since I've been in Williamsburg, we've gotten snow about once a year. It usually comes at night, barely covers the grass, and is melted by noon the next day. Sunday night it really snowed. Not only did it not melt Monday, it kept right on coming down. Most of the town, including the college, was shut down because people have no idea how to cope with snow around here.

Since I spent the last several weeks focusing on writing that grant application, I didn't have anything new at my apartment to work on. My plan had been to go to the library Monday morning to get some books, but with the campus being shut down and the library closed, I decided to join the undergrads in thoroughly enjoying a snow day. In the morning I went to Barnes and Noble. I sat in the cafe flipping through some books of book lists (you know, the 1001 books to read before you die, books for every mood, the 100 greatest works of western literature, that kind of thing) and adding to my "To Read" list since that can never be long enough.

I then received a call from a friend who was trying to gather troops to build a snowman outside the history department building. I was more than happy to join in and had a fantastically wonderful time. Even though this is the most snow I've ever seen in Williamsburg, it still isn't that much compared to places further north and it was a bit tough coming up with enough snow. We managed but were a bit disorganized in our endeavors. We mostly piled up a huge mound and then decided to shape it. When we got to the shaping part, we quickly realized we had a good base to work with for building a Snow Woman but a terrible starting shape for a Snow Man. I think she came out alright. What do you think?

I spent the remainder of the day reading for fun and watching TV (Hogan's Heroes!). There is still snow on the ground today, which is basically a miracle for Williamsburg. I love it. Unfortunately, everyone seemed to think one snow day is enough so the town is largely back to normal. I managed to get to both the public library and the school library to get books for fun and work and to the grocery store today. Of course, some of the books I needed from the school library weren't there. I seriously want to know who else on this campus needs transcriptions of the records of the colonial courts of New York from the 1600s. Oh well. I got enough to keep me busy at least for a few days while the snow melts and life in Williamsburg returns to normal.


kate_scarlet at 11:48 pm on 04 March 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Ha! I'd recognize that Flemish-bonded brickwork anywhere! I like your snowperson! :)

P.S. I once monopolized every source on Jacob Leisler for a paper I wrote as a junior. Maybe my ghost has checked out all your books! :)
bratty_jedi at 12:40 am on 05 March 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Gotta love the bricks! Every time I can't get a cellphone signal, someone will invariably tell me that all the brick someone swallows the signals. I'm not sure I believe that.

If this paper was for Allegro in Fall 2006, I hated you at the time.
kate_scarlet at 2:00 pm on 05 March 2009 (UTC) (Link)
lol! Nope - I had graduated by then, so luckily you don't have to hate me! :)
bratty_jedi at 3:49 pm on 05 March 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I thought you were gone by then, but someone swiped all the books so I thought I'd better check.

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