Stuck at Home

We are having a horrible ice storm here in Alaska, with the absolute worst driving conditions I’ve experienced since we moved here over two years ago. Ice storms are one of the very few things I dislike about living here.  1) The Postal Service –  more packages I send get lost than delivered…but that’s a different story for a different day.  2) Lack of Restaurants . Oh how I miss Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s, Red Lobster, The Rio, Johnny Carrino’s, PF Chang’s, The Melting Pot, even Little Ceasars…..OK, my mouth is watering,  I gotta stop.  3) Ice storms!! They are miserable.  Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING gets covered in ice.  Windows, doors, trees, cars, not mention roads are coated with at least a half inch of ice.  Our driveway has more like 3 inshces on it. I heard there were over 20 cars (and 3 school buses) that slid off the road today here in Wasilla.  Sections of the highway were closed down.  The Alaska State Patrol advised if you don’t HAVE to go somewhere, stay home!  Which is exactly what we did the last two days.  I’m so thankful we didn’t have to go anywhere and that we are warm and safe and have plenty of food in stock.  However, we are starting to get a little stir crazy.  The rain finally turned to snow so I’m hoping that means they can get the roads under control overnight and tomorrow we’ll be able to venture out into society again.  We have my son’s football class tomorrow morning which I’m hoping we can attend so he can blow off some steam, and then I have some errands I need to run that have been piling up. I’m a total home body and yet even I’d be really glad if we could get out and about.  I think the kids would also enjoy getting out of the house for awhile.  However, I won’t know until the morning if roads are drive-able, so we may be stuck at home again.
So what are some ideas for when you are stuck at home, literally stuck at home  – and running out of activities?  We usually don’t watch TV so the last two nights we watched a movie and that was great fun, but what about the rest of the day? We have also played games, did an art project, cleaned house, baked a pie, and we all did a Tae Bo video together, too.  The kids have also done well at just playing together nicely. Being at home has been a break from our usual busyness, which actually felt rather good.  I have enjoyed two days of wearing comfy pants!!  But I have noticed that tempers are getting shorter and the kids are starting to get tired of each other, and probably of me, too, for that matter.  Two and half days of unplanned, constant togetherness without much exercise or even getting to go outside, might be just about all they can handle.  I welcome any ideas you may have for in-home entertainment.  In case our snowed-in….errr, “iced-in” spell isn’t over just yet.

About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.


  1. It’s better to stay home and be safe!

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