Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Off To Seattle

This morning, I woke up, showered and finished packing for Seattle. I had heard the snowplow outside as I was waking, but I forgot to take a peak until I hopped on the computer, and drew the curtains just now. We have about 8 inches, and it's still heavily snowing. I'm so bummed we're leaving!! For the past month, I've been itching to make a snow angel, but there hadn't been enough snow.

Here's a photo I just took of my little Buddha. My dad bought it for me in 2006 after a few weeks of hard work down in Tucson, AZ (we were doing the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show as we had for the past decade). He had watched me fall in love with it, hard not to with a face like that - he's so soothing. It was hand carved out of stone, somewhere in Asia (I can't remember where). It was a big deal that my dad snuck away and bought it for me, it was against everything in his Christian gut.

So, I just checked the mountain passes, and they're pretty messy. Wish us luck, we're heading over to the west side this afternoon after work. We'll just take it slow and easy. I guess the more you drive in extreme conditions, the better you get at it. I'll chalk this trip up as more experience. Here's the photos from the pass cameras...

We usually head over Stevens, but it's snowing like crazy and they're doing avalanche control which would cause some undesirable delays. Maybe we'll take Blewett & Snoqualmie instead. Snoqualmie is a mess though, they're requiring chains on all vehicles unless you have four wheel drive, which we do, but Danny's tires are pretty bad in the snow. We need to get studded tires. Either way I have a feeling it's going to be a looooong drive :) Don't worry, all of you mothers out there, we're packing warm clothing and snacks just in case we get stuck. And, I have what most people don't, a father that thrives on pulling people out of snow banks. If we go slow enough, the worst thing that can happen is that we end up getting stuck.

We're off to conquer another MRI! Every day's an adventure :)


  1. Hello, Jess & Danny -

    Best wishes on this trip and MRI! I feel confident, after following this blog for months now, that I can say "we're" all with you, emotionally and in spirit. What outstanding support you have! You go, girl!

    When you get back, re-think getting studded tires. There are exceptional non-studded snow tires that outperform the studs. Our favorite is the Bridgestone Blizzak, but Continental has one that is testing neck and neck with the Blizzak. We've had superior braking and handling in the snow since we started using these at least 15 years ago. Wish you were nearer to us - you could test drive them in our cars : )

    With love and all good thoughts!
    Dee Dee & Walt Pearce

  2. Hey Jessica! I've been following your story on this blog and keeping you in my prayers. I just wanted to pass on the web address of a family friend (about your age) who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2007 and is having her second surgery today. Anyhow, just thought it might be encouraging for you to read some of what she has to say since you are facing similar issues.
    You are amazing and we will continue praying. By the way, congrats to you and Danny!!! :)

  3. your father has pulled my old man out of a few snow banks in his time and as far as I'm concerned he's king of the mountains.........I remember flying from Valdez to Anchorage with a very sick patient and spending time with your mom in Anchorage while both Michael and Bob were gone hauling freight.........those are special memories of a different time and place when you just did what you had to do to survive. Your mom is totally amazing.......a quiet river of strength.....and inspiration....Jennifer

  4. I'm praying for you guys.. What a mess on the pass hope things our better when we head over in a month.. I always get a little nervous when there is bad weather on the passes but not to worry Bryan loves driving in the snow.. Hope to get to see you when we are there.. Allison P.

  5. I try to follow your blog at least every couple of days...when I read your entries that I've missed, sometimes I find myself pumping my fist in the air in a GO TEAM JESS hurrah, and sometimes, like today I find myself crying. Because you give so much of yourself, and are so strong, and proud, and honest. I think you are so special Jess, and that you are sharing this with all of us is such a great gift. Thank you. -kareng


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