Thursday, February 01, 2007
It snowed! It snowed!
When it snows here in North Carolina, generally we are in for a panic. This time The Powers That Be were wise and had announced the night before that school would be cancelled today, heading off some of the typical southern craziness that might otherwise ensue.
I worked from home today, which is so amazingly productive compared with being at the office, that sometimes I wonder why I ever go to the office at all. Even with the distraction of snow, I got quite a lot done.
By afternoon the snow had turned to rain, and everything became cold slush. Our microcosm veered from beautiful to sludgy in a matter of minutes.
In the evening we stopped in at a local brewpub, for a neighborhood get-together, and I was deee-lighted to find that the brewery had put a limited-edition, cask-conditioned version of their IPA on special. It sold out in a matter of minutes. It was divine. It was the essence of beer. All those steel-tinged, fizzy, funky-aftertaste side-effects that we have come to expect with our libations were absent, leaving behind only malty, crisp brewing art. It was heavenly.
The gathering there had been called via our neighborhood listserv, and happy-hour get-togethers are now planned for the first Thursday of every month. HWWLLB and I were really pleased to meet some of the extremely cool people who live in our new neighborhood. I hope the brewery does some more cask conditioning for our future neighborhood happy hours!
Now HWWLLB is fixing dinner and I am waiting for my turn at the stove so that I can bake some chocolate chip cookies. Winter is so delightful! I wish it would snow every day. (Until spring, I mean).