Sunday, January 11, 2015

Midwest Winter

Things are quiet around here. Real quiet. Our street appears to be deserted, save for the occasional glimpse of life: our neighbor pulling out of the garage every day at 6:45am... garbage cans appearing at the end of people's driveways on Tuesday evenings... tire tracks in the snow...

But other than that, everyone is hunkering down against the bitter cold. Staying inside. Drawing the blinds. This past week temps have been hovering between 0 and 15 degrees, with wind chills down to 20- and 40- below zero. Even just walking from the car into the grocery store makes your face sting and your nose run.

the midwest winter perma-cloud

We've had a couple days of bright winter sunshine this week, but for the most part the above photo pretty accurately depicts winter in southwest Ohio.

Luckily there has been plenty of football on TV to keep us entertained while it's too cold to be outside. Milo has really been enjoying all the couch time with Ted:

Work has picked up with the start of the new year. My program is expecting about 30 new students to arrive at the end of this week, with international student orientation running next week. Orientation is always a whirlwind of placement testing, health checks, information sessions, and course registration.   

Ted has started preparing for his job interview, which will happen mid-February. We are feeling optimistic, and we know you'll all keep your fingers crossed. He'll start teaching classes when the spring semester starts up in a couple weeks, but for now he's relishing all the time he has for reading and writing.

I wish I had more to say, but that's pretty much it around here. Thanks again to all of our friends and family that sent us Christmas cards this past month. It helps us feel connected and loved while we're so far away, and it's really livened up our kitchen photo exhibit.

(a few are on the fridge as well, so don't fret if you don't see yours!)

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