Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snow Day, Part Seven Million: I'm Trying to Be Positive Here, People.

I'm pretty sure I'm the only person affected by this, but there was a snowstorm in my area of the country today, resulting in the shutting down of everything in the nearby world, but for the flurry of activity inside my house, what with ALL OF US trapped together.

Our being trapped together time, of course, does not include the time Alex and I spent outside shoveling the driveways and various trails to get to important spaces outside our home.

Not shown: the rain that fell for much of our shoveling time.

Those important spaces now accessible by snow trail include the front door (need a second exit in case of fire or zombie apocalypse), the sidewalk (because someone is going to want to run down our street and our house is going to be the best part of their run), the garbage cans (because how are the raccoons going to get over there if we don't clear a path for them?), and a path to the side door that leads to the driveway (for that all-important first exit). I certainly hope no one needs to get inside the garage before spring though, because those doors are sealed behind several giant piles of snow.

Meanwhile, the kids were all inside watching Spaceballs.

It's funny, because I grew up in the Rocky Mountains and we had snow all winter every winter and we just dealt with it. I am always amazed at how snow can shut down an area that is not regularly blanketed with it. I've come to terms with it though. This particular snow storm is closing schools Thursday and Friday, leaving us with a five-day weekend once you factor in President's Day on Monday.

I think my kids remember what their teachers look like, but I'm not entirely positive.

My kids love snow days for obvious reasons, although they have their share of frustrations. Like when we told them that if they wanted to play video games they had to go out and build a snowman first—a big snowman. They were outraged, especially considering they had already been outside.

Jack was all, "AAAAARGH! This is my THIRD pair of socks!" (The horror.)

Quinn, on the other hand, evidently decided that the third time into the snow didn't require socks.

I’m cold just looking at this.

Sockless Joe gave up pretty fast and came back inside to help Ruby experience snow.

Ruby was all, “Da fuck?”

Our cats are inside friends, so they only get to experience snow when we bring it inside for them, something that happens more often than you might think.

They do, however, get to experience ice fairly regularly, due to Ruby's ongoing mission to knock over every cup, bottle, or can that enters her line of vision.

She’s such a jerk.

Just look at her in that first photo, pretending like she's not interested in that cup at all. She's a menace.

In case you're wondering though, Oreo and Starfire are no less destructive.


While Quinn was harassing Ruby and Ruby was harassing the humans, Sam was earning video games for everyone by building a snowman.

I thought he was done at this point.

Sam didn't half ass his snowman though. He whole assed it, building a four-ball snowman complete with four arms, a sword, hair, and a smirky expression.

I took the photo before Sam added the sword (made from a stick).

Unfortunately, the snowman's artistry was greater than his structural integrity. Shortly after this photo was taken, when none of us were watching, the snowman crumbled face-down onto the ground. It was tragic.

During all of this, Jack was rolling a snowball into what turned out to be a "snow wall," according to him.

I’m not sure what the purpose of this snow wall was, but while building it, I overheard Jack say, “I’ve never had so much fun in my life. No, really.” Sooooo, the snow wall is okay by me.

I got a tremendous amount done today, if you count shoveling as getting a lot done. I also ripped up the carpet from our stairs, which is harder than it sounds. There are a phenomenal amount of staples of multiple sizes involved in stairs carpeting. Also the risk of falling down the stairs whilst trying to yank up a particularly obstinate piece of carpeting.

Furthermore, I cleaned out the gerbil tanks, giving all three cats front row seats to their greatest desires. Then I took a nap.

I didn't get everything on my list done, but except for the fact that we didn't make it to a sledding hill, I feel like we pulled off a pretty good snow day. And don't you worry about that sledding. We'll have plenty of time to do that tomorrow when Team Stimey Junior is off of school again.

That said, the only thing I can think of is how long it is going to take before all this stupid snow melts. Fun and productive or not, I am so over it all.


  1. Jack should come live with me so he can have fun 8 months out of the year.

  2. It's supposed to get up to 60, or close to it next weekend, so hopefully spring will be here soon!

  3. This has been a hell of a winter.
    1. We have not been above freezing since Jan. 12.
    2. We had 2 days in a row without any snow falling this week for the first time since December 1. The sun was out. It was glorious.
    3. We have an almost 2 foot base (see the aforementioned "not above freezing")

    The weather people are saying highs (?!) of 20 this weekend with chances of flurries (part of the problem of living near a mahoosive lake). They say we will have highs in the mid-30's on Monday but it comes with a side of "chance of freezing rain". And since every other planned school day off has had snow days attached to it, I think every parent in the district is holding their breath hoping that we will either get more snow or just rain.

    But! The local weather people are predicting highs in the mid-40s near the end of next week! 40s!!!!! (I predict pitchforks and torches descending on the news stations if the weather people are wrong.) And even though we will be very happy for the warm up, people are bracing themselves for the subsequent flooding that will happen as all the snow starts to melt.

    ps. Thank you for letting me take over your comments. Apparently I needed to get that out. It looks like you all get a warm up next week too. Yay!

  4. Just drifting over here [heh] while watching the Olympics.
    Is it ok that I don't like 'skeleton' as a sport? At all? :)

    OK, I'm still afraid of ice. I did walk to the grocery store today, over icy sidewalks! To buy soup.

    I'm really looking forward to my conference next week. I'll send a virtual postcard from Orlando.

  5. Also, when we were kids, in NJ, we loved making snowmen. And, we used to build forts, so to speak.
    Tip: snow forts aren't necessarily safe, if they collapse on your kids. That might not happen; however it might.

  6. I am so with you, being sick, sick of this snow stuff. The only good thing is that my kids don't have to make up these days!

  7. A friend is here visiting from a non-snow part of the country. She is absolutely able to see the beauty, but wise enough not to comment on it out loud. (She told me this from a distance of 45 miles via cell phone, so I could not hurt her. She understands that these types of thoughts are not to be articulated at this point in our siege.)


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