I had an intuition and stopped by Hastings and got lucky. They actually had Season 3 of Northern Exposure for rent. They don't have Seasons 1 or 2 or 4 or 5, but they have Season 3. Go figure. Anyway, we were able to pick right up where we left off last night and start watching Season 3 without missing a beat. We watch two episodes and laughed all the way through. What a hoot they are. Watching the whacky people of Cicely, Alaska, is a perfect tonic for these winter nights. We have 22 more episodes left in Season 3. Whoop-dee-doo!
We spent most of the day prepping for the yurt trip. Most all the major stuff is packed and ready to go. I even found the correct mantles for the gas lantern and got it running again. We bought two new headlamps, too. You might wonder why we are prepping so far in advance of a January 27 trip. It's the reality of our schedule--this is about the only time we truly have to focus on the prep work. Once this week's whirlwind begins tomorrow, we will spin round and round and suddenly it will be Tuesday, January 26 and we will be leaving the following morning and, gee, is everything ready? That's how it's going to work for this trip so we have to prep now--it can't wait for tomorrow. Luckily, we are very much ahead of the game and all is well.
Storm chatter has been a highlight of today, too, both on the phone and via email. There are some truly amazing things that are possible for Arizona. The weather people think a big chunk of Central Arizona might get as much as 10 inches of water out of this week's events. Bear in mind that ten inches is about an average year's worth of precipitation--except it will be coming in a week instead of being spread out over a year. It's possible that the total water from the storms will rewrite Arizona's winter record books. Obviously, we are very excited about this sort of thing.