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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Snow days = lazy days

First off, I just wrote a book report on Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother on my other blogOh, my gosh.  Very readable, and sooo much to talk about, even if you may hate the author before you're finished.  I expected to, but I ended up finding a lot to think about and agree with.

I'm on day three of a snow-cation.  We had warnings of the snowpocalypse, but it ended up being pretty snowverrated for the St. Louis area.  I was a little disappointed, but I'm glad I didn't have to do some of the shoveling my friends did!


That's what my Chicago-area friends got to do on their snow days.  Yikes!  We, on the other hand, had freezing rain all night Monday night (thankfully not bad until after I got home).  I had opted to sleep in Monday morning rather than run my scheduled two miles, and I felt pretty hopeful about squeezing it in after work, but by the time I picked up J from school it was raining pretty hard.  Oh, well.

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No, our trees aren't suicidal.  They're just carrying a lot of ice.
Tuesday we got about 2-3 inches of sleet on top of the ice.  The only time I even left the house was to take the dog out.  Otherwise, we hung out inside all day. 


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The trees are beautiful with their coating of ice.
 The boys were all thrilled to do their homework and do some room cleaning.  We were off again Wednesday, and I'm glad for it because no snow plow touched our street until that late morning.  Shoveling our driveway was a rare treat, let me tell you! I started the cars and worked on excavating them from their ice coating while the boys chipped away at the driveway.  If you've never cleared 3 inches of sleet from a driveway, it's pretty much like scraping off your windshield...only way bigger.  Great upper body workout! 

After that, I decided I was going to do my 2 miles from Monday because with a temperature of 20 degrees/6 degree wind chill, I wasn't going to run Wednesday's 6 outside.  I've somehow lost my iPod headphones, so I went out without music.  Here's a little rundown of the thoughts running through my head as I ran: 1 ...Oops, should've worn a sports bra. 2...this is stupid, I'm freezing. 3...this is stupid, it's hard to run in this snow. 4...this is stupid, I'm going to slip on these cleared spots. 5...this is stupid, I'm quitting at one mile. 6...might as well run the second mile, too. 7...I'm going to show this hill who's boss. 8...Charge! 9...(3/4 of the way up the hill) death march. 10. Ugh, you win, hill. 11...Time for hot chocolate!

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This portion of the street actually looks pretty good.  Most of our neighborhood looked pretty much like the foreground.  Not too deep, just squishy enough to make me work a little.

I think there were a lot of roads looking worse than that, though, because we were called off school again today.  Windchils of -24 didn't help, either.  The district we live in includes a lot of smaller towns, so they worry about the buses getting to the kids on the rural routes in a timely manner when it's that cold.  So, at best we'll have a 2-day week.  It's weird, too, because as much as I love my job, I get sooo excited when we have a snow day.  Three...that's a big treat!

And what have we accomplished?  Ummm....not much.  A little cleaning, cut J's hair, boys cleaned their rooms, I've improved my Lego Indiana Jones Wii skills a bit (I'm now "not bad for you, Mommy", according to my 7 year old), and watched a few movies with the boys.  It's not too often I get to hang out with my older boys just the three of us, so while Jeff's out of town I've enjoyed it.  We watched Zombieland Tuesday night.  Soooo not my type of movie, but once we got past the gory beginning, I have to admit that I loved it!  Last night I watched The Proposal with N...much more my speed.  :)  We also have done quite a few puzzles together. 

All in all, it's been some nice family time, and it's going to keep me from feeling too guilty if I go ahead and do the mountain bike ride I've been toying with this weekend.  I'm not sure I'll make it out there.  It's cold, and I really need to get a new bike rack--it would be a real shame to drop my new bike on the interstate.  Plus, I've got 12 miles scheduled for the weekend, though it wouldn't bother me to do that between church and the Super Bowl.

I'll talk to the ride leader about it tonight at the class I'm going to on bike maintenance.  Hopefully it's bike maintenance for dummies, because that's about my speed.  Maybe by this summer I can just play dumb girl when I have a bike problem instead of actually being one!

Anyway, good luck to those who're running this weekend, and stay warm to those of you who were hit by the blizzard!

6 comments:

  1. Oh not you.Stupid . Your comments in your head.

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  2. My head thoughts would have been a lot of un-printable vulgarity. I am so glad you got a mini-vacation. Jealous, but because you are so likeable, happy for you. I on the other hand have had several late work nights and no break. Darnit!

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  3. Way to get outside in the cold. I wimped out.

    I started watching Zombieland while doing a ride on the trainer a couple weeks ago and turned it off after the first two minutes. I figured watching Zombies spit blood for an hour or more wasn't my type of movie. A friend said I really should watch it, it's not that bad. I did and it wasn't horrible for a B movie. Good for an on demand Netflix movie.

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  4. I am officially done with winter. I'm moving to Fiji, do you want to come? :)

    I was off for 3 days (one sick and two cold-cations) from school and going back to day was a hard dose of reality - the kids were good though, it's the 5 days/week of school that come Friday they're out of control.

    You got tons more snow than Denver....we just got the cold. But then it did snow today and that's when I decided I was leaving everyone here and moving away...far away...warm! I just don't deal well with constantly being cold.

    Ok, I'm really tired and rambling so I'm going to head to bed and say glad you had some nice family time...that's the best! Stay warm, girl!!

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  5. Glad you survived all the snow and cold. Well done for getting out there. I am enjoying the last weeks of summer here. soon I'll be the one writing the winter posts.

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