Monday, December 21, 2009

Snow & Babies & Stuff

As was well broadcast yesterday, we were hit with a pretty major amount of snow here in Connecticut and other parts of the Northeast when Winter Storm Albert blew up the coast.   Because it was a coastal storm, places like Norwich got hit worse than the places in Connecticut that usually get dumped on like Litchfield and northern Windham counties.

Naturally, the snow wasn't nice enough to arrive when I had a day off and wouldn't have to worry about getting to work in the morning so I got up yesterday morning at a little after 5:00 and looked outside to see that there was a lot of white stuff out there covering the ground - including the street I live on which had yet to be plowed.  Swell.

As I live in town, getting a ride into work isn't a problem so I knew I wasn't going to have to drive in the stuff but I was still going to have to be able to get out the door as the snow was up and over the bottom of the door.  Grabbing the snow shovel - which I had been smart enough to bring into the house with me the night before - I ventured out and dug a path from the front door to what I figured to be the road.  Fortunately the snow was of the light and fluffy variety and it didn't take me long but no sooner had I finished and was starting back in the house but a plow finally came down the street and - sure as shooting - filled in the path I had just made to the roadway!  Sigh ...

Work itself was way too busy for my liking - especially considering I was flying solo as my partner lives considerably further away and she didn't relish the idea of driving in a semi-blizzard.  The first 911 call was a lady in labor with her first child and the second emergency call was for a paramedic intercept for yet another lady in labor in a neighboring town with her third child.

The little fella decided that he wasn't going to wait to get to the hospital to make his entrance into the world and was born in the back of a neighbor's car who was trying to drive the expectant parents to the hospital.  You can read the full story here at along with another picture of the proud parents and their brand-new son, Peter Ronald Clippinger, who was born at at 8:34 a.m weighing in at 7 pounds, 12 ounces.  In addition to the on-duty paramedic that I sent from American, one of our other off-duty paramedics was there as a member of the Franklin Volunteer Fire Department and she helped deliver Peter into the world.  (The photo to the left is credited to Khoi Ton of the Norwich Bulletin Staff.)

The rest of the day was pretty crazy and I was pretty happy to see my partner arrive around 2:00 so I could finally take a little bit of a break!  I can't remember the last time I was so happy to see 11:00 p.m. roll around!

Today involved a lot of time with a shovel as I went outside to shovel the stairs for my elderly neighbor, Elizabeth, who lives in the apartment over the garage behind us as well as trying to dig my car out of the pile of snow that my other neighbors upstairs decided to throw on it when they dug theirs out.  Apparently the art of snow shoveling is not taught in Vietnam or they're just plain rude - I've not decided which yet.

As I stood there looking at all of that snow (this picture doesn't really do it justice as you can't tell exactly how deep it is and it's the front of the house, not the back where the driveway is), I felt an overwhelming sense of dismay and fatigue.  Normally my landlords have someone to plow but there has been some breakdown in communications or something and arrangements have yet to be made so that left me with trying to figure out what to do with all of that snow!

Finally I did the smartest thing I could think of and sent a text to my friend Andrew to ask if he was going to be in Norwich today.  Luckily he was going to be in Franklin and said he'd stop by a little after noon to clear the driveway for me with the plow on his truck.  Once he arrived it took him less than 10 minutes to push all of the snow out of the way and I thanked him with half a case of Winter Warmer (left over from the dispatch party) and a bag of Christmas cookies I had baked on Saturday.  The guy is truly a lifesaver in more ways than one!  Thank you, Andrew!  

Of course it's now time to get ready to go back to work for the afternoon!  I'm hoping to get some Christmas presents wrapped tonight when I get home as I didn't do them Saturday as I decided to bake cookies instead but we'll see how that goes as I'm sure all of the shoveling is going to catch up with me at some point and I'll be very, very tired.

Hope your Mondays are going well!


  1. Awww... Who doesn't LOVE a baby birthing story! And I'll bet Mom and son will be Home for Christmas, too!

    What kind of cookies? Was there cake, too?

  2. I'm so glad I don't live in snow country. I don't care for that cold white stuff at all. Nice from a distance, but not up close.

    You sound like my sister with the wrapping gifts thing. She keeps putting it off too.

    Have a terrific day Linda. Big hug. :)

  3. Hey, if I have to have snow then so do you! hehe It's been on our news all the snow you guys have been getting over there...I know it looks pretty but not when you have to shovel it!! lol

    What a coincidence that you should post about a baby being born in a car because just the other day I was watching the news and on the big 401 highway in Toronto, there was a woman in labour and they were stuck in traffic due to a bad winterstorm. Ambulance, police and even a firetruck made their way to them and thankfully they were able to transfer her to the ambulance and make their way to the hospital before the baby was born:)

    I've read your other posts that I had missed and I want you to know that I wish Jamie all the very best when she attends the Academy. I know how hard it is, knowing that you won't have her home for Christmas but it does sound like she really needs something like this 5 1/2 month program.

    Take good care of YOU and I hope you can soon relax and just enjoy the holidays:-) xoxo

  4. Oh boy! That's a lot of snow. NE Ohio got spared this time around. I'm very thankful for that. It won't be long... :o)
    Stay warm!

  5. Having lived in the San Bernardino area, you know how it is around here, too. Hot as heck in the summer, but relatively nice in the winter. It's only snowed here twice since '71, when I moved up here. I can't imagine, working like you do, to have some idiot throw their snow on your car. I think you need to teach them a lesson and give them a great big fat stocking full of coal for the holidays!
    I read the posts I've missed - way too many - and hope Jamie will find her way.
    Still waiting for another opportunity to have a real Mexican dinner with you one of these days...

  6. shoot honey, i need a nap just READING about your day! ha ha

    smiles, bee

  7. Great post and I do hope you get a break!

    Have a awesome Christmas!

    From Home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.

  8. Born in the neighbors car scares the crap out of me. Makes me what to schedule an induction more and more. lol.

    Yeah for snow plow guys. Hubby was one, but his truck has tranny troubles, so now he's planning on plowing with the skidsteer if need be this year. Hoping there's no need since I have 4WD truck to get me to work, and will be off work for the bulk of the winter anyway.

    We received a beautiful Christmas card yesterday, both Hubby and loved it! Thank you.

  9. I think the only roads snow ploughs are used on here in England are the motorways! Our street won't be cleared until the snow melts - probably Saturday when the forecast is for heavy rain and the temperature will rise to about 5C. :(

  10. I can sympathize from memorie. I remember one night when we were on the road over the Holidays. We spent the night at the hotel and the next morning there was so much snow that we could not tell which car was ours. My big brother started cleaning off one car and my Dad started on another. It took several minutes to get down to the color so we could identify. Brrrrrr!


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