Click to enlarge.It's really coming down out there, and the National Weather Service has issued a number of special advisories for this part of the country. Over the past couple days, I've been watching a weather system move across the southern United States and start heading up the east coast. That's what you see falling onto my deck in the photo to the right (sorry, I didn't remove the chromatic aberration artifacts from the image, and I fear they're rather obvious in it). Parts of Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Delaware are expecting upwards of a foot of snow from this storm. While we're not expecting anywhere near that much snow in Pittsburgh, it's absolutely beautiful, nonetheless.
It's been a long time since I've had birthday snow. Last year, I nearly had birthday snow by way of spending the following weekend in a snowy London, but that doesn't quite count. So, happy birthday to me! Hooray for snowy birthdays!
I'm now a year older, a year wiser, and a year more stressed out and tired. It's not all bad, though: I have Katy, I'm at Carnegie Mellon University, and I've met a number of wonderful people in the past year. I still have my health (hey, I'm not that old yet!), I'm happy, and I spend a lot of my time learning things. There's not much else I want out of life at the moment. I'm not much of one for reflection, but it's been a rather incredible year, so I'd like to thank everyone who helped make these wonderful things happen: my mom and dad, Taylor, Diana and John, Katy, Tamara, Helen, Debra, Aidan, Danny, and, of course, all the little people. :)
Thanks, guys, for making it a great year. I hope the next year is even better.
Meanwhile, if you're reading this from the east coast, enjoy the storm!