Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Super Bowl, Super Cold, and Something's Thumping in the Attic

Mindy here. There are some strange goings on in North Texas these days. First, we're gearing up to host our first-ever Super Bowl. Television stations have had countdown widgets displayed on their screens since the first of the year. In stores, colorful cases of soda pop that, a little over a month ago, were arranged to reveal Santa and Christmas Trees, now reveal goalposts and the NFL logo. Good thing I like football.

Yesterday the media was really thrown into a tizzy. Both the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburg Steelers arrived amid much fanfare--a fire hose salute over their planes, police escorts to their respective hotels, and crowds of fans. However, there was also a major winter storm closing in on Texas. Something that would usually garner round-the-clock coverage both prior to and during the event. Did you know (though you probably don't really care) that when making a bid to host the Super Bowl, the Dallas-Ft. Worth area had to have a winter weather plan in place? Interesting to know what our tax dollars are going for.

Then, at three this morning, I was awakened by a howling wind and pounding rain. In less than an hour, the rain turned to sleet. Tick. Tap. Tick. Tap. It pelted my window in a more-annoying-than-mesmerizing pattern. The Arctic blast is bringing with it temps and windchills we haven't seen in fifteen years. Naturally, school is closed, thanks to a one inch layer of ice covering the roads. The kids are driving me nuts already. In and out. In and out. They want hot chocolate. They need more layers. Yes, they'll probably have frostbite before the day is out. But I digress.

With school officially closed, hubby and I lingered under the covers. trying to catch a few of those winks I'd lost earlier.

 B-bump. B-bump. B-bump.

"What's that noise?" I asked.

"Don't know," replied my husband.

At first it sounded like someone bouncing a ball inside the house. But the kids were all asleep. The noise bumped faster, then slower, then faster again. I got up to investigate. It was coming from our oldest son's room. Did I mention he's a persussionist? But wait. It wasn't coming from his room afterall. The noise was coming from the attic. We went back to bed. I stared at the ceiling, listening to the annoying b-bump, b-bump, b-bump until my four year old granddaughter insisted it was time to get up.

Since then, we've been up in the attic twice. Near as we can figure, it's ice on the air vents that's being knocked off as the vent spins with the force of the wind. But I can't stand a mystery. Especially when it keeps me awake.

So is it cold where you are? Are you being hit with this latest Arctic blast? Are you planning to watch the Super Bowl? If so, who are you cheering for?

Happy Tuesday, y'all. And be sure to pop on over to my personal blog, Divine Imagination, where this week's author interview is with Roseanna White. You'll have a chance to win one of four great prizes.


  1. Mindy--I hope you guys thaw out soon. I thought of you when I heard the news tonight and they said Dallas was getting hit with the storm.

    We are going to watch the super bowl. I'm rooting for Green Bay.

  2. Funny post Mindy, nice to read. Hope you solve your mystery or it mysteriously goes away :)

    Waiting for the storm to hit here.

    No super bowl for me.

    Have a good night!

  3. Mysteries drive me nuts too!

    No Superbowl. I like football, but the Panthers aren't in it so I don't care much about it.

    We're having average temps between 30-50 degrees and lots for rain from the snow blizzard crossing the mid-west.

  4. Mindy,
    I must add when I read the title I thought YOU had a cold. I'm glad you don't.

  5. Wow. Ice in Dallas! Seems stranger than here in Atlanta.

    We'll be watching the Super Bowl! We're huge Falcons fans, so it'll pain us to cheer for anyone else. But I guess I'll have to pull for the Steelers since my BIL is a life long fan. :)