Saturday, December 27, 2008

Living Small

There are times when I like living in a small house. It is easy to clean. I feel good about our carbon footprint. Brad and I are almost always in the same room. Even if we aren't in the same room, we might as well be. There is a spot in our house where you can stand, rotate 360 degrees and see the entire house. You can't see all of the bedrooms, but you can see into each one. Best of all, our house payment is small enough that even my part time salary (minus the cost of a babysitter) can cover it.

The downside is pretty apparent when there is three feet of snow outside. We have been mostly trapped in about 550 square feet of living space (excluding the bedrooms and bathroom) since the 17th. Our Prius has been able to get out and around exactly one day out of the last 10. Fortunately, we have a Land Cruiser (normally parked) that can get around just fine - I just don't trust it's 23 year old seat belts to secure LB's car seat so only one of us can leave at a time. Guess who gets to leave on a work day?

Add to that the fact that it gets dark by 4:30, getting outside to shovel the driveway is a treat. Having LB is the only thing that makes this survivable. If this absurd winter doesn't end soon I think I might just go insane.

How are you surviving the winter? For those of you in warmer climes or in the southern hemisphere - please share happy stories of sunshine and freedom.


Mrs. Spit said...

I have no good stories. I live in Northern Alberta. It's freezing and dark here too. But I'll keep checking back.. .. .

battynurse said...

If you wanted to come visit I'd find a place for you to sleep. It's been in the 50's here. I can't imagine having that much snow and not being able to get out of the house for days. I hope it all goes away soon.

Ryan's Mommy said...

It was sunny and 74 degrees on Christmas Day here in Central Texas. I was actually craving a white Christmas ... But 10 days is just too much!

MrsSpock said...

It is sunny here, but cold and freezy as well. We haven't had a giant snowfall yet (don't tell the snow Gods, shhhh).

We used to share a 600 sq foot apartment, so I feel your pain. I often wish Mr S would have given in to my desire for an older, smaller house, then perhaps I wouldn't have to work full-time already.