Monday, January 31, 2011

Drove to the City Twice Today

This morning, I had a photo shoot at the restaurant at a hotel near Michigan Ave. downtown, taking food pictures, some action shots of the chef cooking and overall restaurant pics. Photographing food and adults is a much different experience than when I'm with my usual subjects (babies, toddlers, kids, families, etc.), though food photography is not as easy as it looks.

I dropped my kids off at a friend's house, drove down to the city, spent an hour and a half at the shoot, drove back and picked the kids off, dropped Eli and his friend off at preschool, and came home for Charlie's nap.

Two hours later, I woke Charlie up, raced to get Eli and his friend from preschool, dropped the friend off at her house (her mom was watching two other kids that day, so this saved her from loading them into the car), then headed to Costco with my boys to stock up on gas and food before the gigantic Midwestern storm about to descend on Chicago tomorrow afternoon.

Miraculously, Costco wasn't a zoo. But it was still exhausting pushing both kids and all of our heavy items in the cart around the store at 4 p.m. when they were tired from the day and I was lacking patience with their whining, pushing, fighting, etc. while sitting next to each other in the front of the cart. I felt very grateful though when the person who checked me out said the store had been totally packed earlier in the day, and they were expecting it to get busy again in the evening as everyone loaded up on food before the storm arrives.

We picked Ben up from the train on the way home, unloaded all of our stuff from Costco into the house, put it all away, and then I raced out the door to drive back to the city for a class I'm taking on Monday nights. It's three hours long, but usually stretches to 10:30 p.m., so it's a long night.

After class, I walked outside to my car and faced a mini snowstorm with gusts of wind that made it really hard to see on my drive home. I drove 15 mph the entire way, slipping and sliding on the snowy, unplowed roads. I was grateful it was late at night since there were hardly any other cars on the road (but no snow plows out yet, either).

What worried me most was going through intersections--I was driving slowly, but there was no telling if the other cars were allowing enough time to stop. By the time I got within a few miles of our house, visibility was extremely limited and I could barely see parked cars on the side of the road. It was really foggy and snow was swirling all around at a rapid pace. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I finally pulled into the garage.

This storm is predicted to impact 100 million people by the time it's over because it will spread across such a huge area. Here's what the forecasters are saying... (it's all really dramatic of course)

"Chicago, for one, could see 50 mph wind gusts and wind chills a few digits below zero by Tuesday night. City officials urged residents to stock up on food and medicine in advance of the storm, which could also cause flooding from 25-foot waves on Lake Michigan."

"The weather service issued a blizzard watch for Tuesday and Wednesday for southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois and northwest Indiana. Snow drifts of 5 feet to 10 feet were possible and winds could reach up to 60 mph in open areas and near Lake Michigan."

"Colossal, destructive storm ahead" and "This storm could be one of the top 10 biggest snowstorms ever in the city" and "Folks should batten down the hatches and hold on."

Here's to holding on! I'd love to photograph those huge waves at the lake at some point, but I'm not sure we'll be able to get our car out of the garage if we really get that much snow. It's going to be an interesting rest of the week.


Marci said...

We may even get snow here in Houston!!! Boo to winter :-)!

Caleb and Elizabeth said...

That's right. they say that we migh have snow here. You had quite a day!
stay warm!

RP said...

Good luck with the storm! As crazy as it sounds, I wish we were still there to experience it! There's nothing like a good blizzard! I hope you are doing well! We sure miss everyone there.