Well I got my wish.
I wanted to be away from the sand storms. I wanted to be away from the heat. I wanted to be away from the relentless sunny skies (for an Oregonian it's just not natural for it to only rain 2 weeks a year!).
So what did a get? My very first blizzard.
I don't know what is in my blood that I seem to end up living the extreme of possible weathers. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest where people get all fidgety if it's dry for too long (like three days in a row). Spent three years in Dubai where 90 degrees is often a relief from the heat and now living in Chicago where apparently it's normal to get 50'' of snow a year.
I happened to be in Detroit when The Great Blizzard of 2011 (imagine a movie announcer saying that) hit. Detroit didn't get hit nearly as badly (only 10" instead of the 20" Chicago go) but boy it's was kinda freaky. Wind so strong the snow was flying from left to right and it was howling. It's really hard to sleep when the wind is howling... it's just too creepy.
This is the courtyard in the Hotel before the storm hit
And here is after. And this is after a day of me not leaving the room! If there's a blizzard and food can be delivered I see no reason to leave
You can see the snow coming up past the windows
This is our windshield. The wind blew so strongly that the car didn't get buried just frozen.
When we finally did make it back to Chicago this is what we found (These pics aren't very pretty because let's face it snow isn't very pretty after the first day...)
Glad that wasn't my car!
This is the INSIDE of our parking garage. Snow is like sand and it gets EVERYWHERE!
There are still piles of snow like this all over the place. And dump trucks filled with snow driving down the roads. I think they just keep moving it from one place to another.
The path through the park by our house still had snow up to the knees
Fortunately Chicago does a great job of clearing the roads and for the most part it wasn't a problem just 2 days after the blizzard.
And it still wasn't a problem when it started snowing again