It's been said that this winter is the year of a Godzilla El Nino! And it's true, the mountains have been getting dumped on constantly -
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN already has a summit depth of 95"
SQUAW VALLEY 87"
And the list goes on and on...
I can't even remember a year that these resort had already got this much snow by the beginning of January! *Which is one of the reasons why I typically wait until January to start off my season, and my ski trips.
Well folks, as of yesterday El Nino had finally made it's way to the Southland (LA/OC/SD).
A friend had posted some pics on FB of his neighborhood down in Ocean Beach (San Diego).
While it was nothing like that around here. SoCal does have terrible drainage issues, and a wee bit of rain tends to cause a number of problems. Not to mention all the accidents - people around here haven't the slightest clue how to drive in the rain!
But I love the rain nonetheless! And we are expecting more rain again today...which is a lot for SoCal.
So it's the beginning of another year, and each year we clean off Birdwald's fridge. Dave has a tradition of sending us postcards from each and every trip, as a memoir of our vacations.
I always found this to be such a great idea!!! You get the postcard, you get the SCOOP, you get the local stamp, and you get the local postmark.
This is HIS THING and he looks very forward to it with each and every trip on the calendar, planning what stamps to bring along, and even ordering the stamps ahead of time (usually online) from each and every country we have plans of going to!
But it was time to take down the fridge full of 2015 postcards. Out with the old to make room for the new 2016 cards! Without the postcards on the fridge, it is a bit naked and there are just a bunch of magnets that we've picked up from around the world.
The first postcards of 2016 will be from Death Valley National Park. Speaking of which, we need to start packing for...tonight! And speaking of packing, Cosette has already started packing for next week's trip (good for her)! I should start doing the same, but I'll probably hold off until I get back from this first trip.
FYI - I don't think that either of the kids are coming along...One thinks it sounds dull (Dominic), and the other (Cosette) hates the name (DEATH Valley). It's probably better that they stay home, since we will be gone for the rest of the month, and then for most of February and part of March.
I haven't forgot that today is W2GW, but to tell ya the truth, there isn't much happening this weekend. I suppose everyone is still recovering from the holidays and getting back into the swing of their regular schedules.
Our tree still isn't 100% taken down, so I hope to get this task finished today.
And lastly DID YOU KNOW that today is National Bean Day?!
So to celebrate I'm gonna make a very yummy Creamy Chickpea Soup!!
I'll let you know how we liked it in tomorrows SCOOP. Until then, I hope that you have a fine day! -T
Elisa's Daily Scoop
Hey Folks!! Hump Day already!
Still cold here on Long Island, but, what a lovely, sunny day.
I’ve been cooking some hearty dinners the past few days in light of this wintery weather. Monday night was a hot, healthy pot of vegetable soup. Last night I made a DEE-Lish chicken dish. Chicken cutlets in a savory green olive, almond, broth-based sauce. Gianna and I finished it off completely and even Kelsey (who is my picky eater), ate up as well.
Tonight, I’ll be making another soup - Mushroom-barley. Mmmmmmm!
As I had mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ll be slightly grounded for a while, unlike my cousin Tanya, who is flitting around the world, as usual!!
I’ll be doing my best to complement her travel adventure tales with additional information about her whereabouts!! For me, it will feel like I’m living vicariously through my baby cuz, and my hope, is that for you, it will round out your reading experience with additional knowledge!!
That is our goal for 2016 — to coordinate our blogs better to increase your daily knowledge of particular trips, places and things to do.
Please catch Tanya’s blog today where she is talking about Dave’s amazing travel tradition of sending himself a postcard from every destination to which he visits!!! I just love it! It’s a wonderful way to “document” each and every trip you take in a concise way!
I actually have my own way of documenting my trips. Both of them involve the photographs I've taken on that particular journey.
The first, is to create travel photo books. I take the best of the best of the photographs from my trip and make a photo memory book using an online photo service. I prefer Shutterfly, but I've also used Walgreens photo service as well.
The other way I preserve my trips is to create video montages. These are terrific because, not only can you watch them over and over on your big television screen, but you can personalize them with music!
The kids love watching them over and over - especially, the Disney World Trip Video Montages!
The rest of my week is pretty low-key. Still trying to lock into a movie to take the kids to on Friday afternoon since they have half day of school.
Still hoping to see The Road Chip featuring Alvin and the Chipmunks!!