Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Few Thoughts About Winter, Snow and Freezing My Face Off

Wouldn't it be great, if when it snowed, it was always a sweet and cozy, problem-free, stress-free experience?

I wish. 

Honestly.. When I think of the word 'snow', my first reaction is to gag. I hate snow. Thoughts, feelings and experiences I associate with snow are as follows:

Frozen body
Runny nose
Numb skin, arms, hands, legs and toes
Salt everywhere. Including salt in my socks and salt in my shoes 
Oh yeah, and salt stains running about a foot up the back of my jeans
Slipping on ice
Shoveling the driveway
Struggling to scrape ice off of my windshield, windows and mirrors
Waiting for the "car to heat up"
Slush that ruins my flats
Driving in terror

I've been dreading the cold since we first decided we would move back to the Midwest. All I could think of was the times I hated pumping gas, feeling like my face had frozen off or times I nearly crashed my car from all the black ice. I hated having to run outside to start my car at 3am to prevent the engine from freezing. I hated having a big clunky coat everywhere I went. Wahh, Minnesota is so cold. SO cold.  

Halloween Blizzard of 1991
"Armistice Day Blizzard" of 1940
2011 - Collapsed Metrodome after 17" of snow
I think it was late September when I realized the cold was hitting hard and fast. We finally had our first snowfall sometime in November.. Unfortunately it was a night I had to work late and had to make the nasty drive back from Minneapolis. Oofta. 

I keep bracing myself for a 3-foot snowfall or a massive storm to hit, providing us with a real Snow Day (unlike SC's version of a "Snow Day"). It's been strange though - Surprisingly warm for a Minnesota winter. It's been so dry and mild, that some of our friends and family have called us "lucky charms" - claiming that we brought the warm up from South Carolina. Ha! I do wish we had the same winters as SC. If I had it my way, I'd want snow for the week of Christmas and then it can melt away for all I care. I miss wearing flip flops in February. 

I'm not exaggerating on this winter being dry, either. According to MPR, last year to date, MN had more than 60 inches of snow. This year, to date? We have only had 14.9 inches! The Metrodome roof collapsed thanks to 17 inches of snow - more than we've had all year. WEIRD! It actually makes me tolerate snow a lot more - to the point of even liking it a little. Hmm.. I'm hoping and praying it doesn't snow again until next year. I doubt that will be the case, but it feels good to hope!


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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Puppy Birthdays!

Our little beans are growing up! Pretty exciting that their birthdays are less than a month a part. We celebrated with some new treats, bones and matching t-shirt hoodies!

Romeo is now 3 years old and Coco Chanel is 1 -- I just adore these little loves!


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