What is with all this snow? And will it ever end? Someone commented that their days are beginning to feel like something from the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray, where he kept repeating the same day over and over again. Whoever made that comment couldn’t have been more correct!
Think about it. You wake up each morning to snow. You shovel something that vaguely resembles a path to the outside world (well, at least from your door to the sidewalk), then go to work or, if your work is closed due to the weather, go back inside your home where exciting things like laundry and taxes await. At some point, you venture back outside, possibly to return home or just because going outside is infinitely more appealing than doing taxes. The first thing you notice is that your path is no longer visible. With a sigh of resignation, you don your snow shoveling garb: coat, gloves, scarf, hat, several pairs of socks, then you remember that you forgot to put on your long underwear. At last, armed with shovel and any other snow removal implements you possess, you prepare to attack the snow with renewed vigor. However, upon opening the door, you realize that in the time it took you to get ready several more inches of snow have fallen. So, you close your door and wonder why you didn’t purchase that pair of snow pants you saw a few months ago… the ones that were on sale. You contemplate wrapping your legs with plastic garbage bags, but find that despite the weather you are still vain and believe that you will look stupid. You spend the next few minutes arguing with yourself, only to realize that you are now sweating under all the layers of winter gear that you just put on. So, you scrap the garbage bags and head out the door determined to conquer the snow. And determined to dig the best path ever - one that will make your next door neighbor drool. Except then you feel bad because your next door neighbor has been using his snowblower to keep the sidewalk clean... the sidewalk you use. So now, you set out to create the best path ever for yourself and your neighbor. When done, you stand proudly observing the snow filling your path back in! Too exhausted to care, you chalk up a win to the snow and re-group inside with a hot beverage and fuzzy slippers. The snow may have won today, but later as you trudge to bed you vow to have a better day tomorrow. And when tomorrow arrives, you awake with a strange sense of déjà vu.
Does this sound like your day? If so, here are a few suggestions on ways to spice things up. If you can find a working airport, you could always fly south to Florida where the 65 degree weather will feel down right tropical. If this isn’t in your personal budget, then do the next best thing and dig a path to your local library to borrow some books and movies.*** Perhaps a good story set in a warm climate would do the trick. Whatever you decide to do, stay warm... stay safe... and, if you can, help a neighbor or someone who is struggling in this time of flurries upon flurries.
Happy Snowy Days!
***Many highly qualified individuals (Reference Librarians for the most part) recommend that once you have your goodies from the library that you skip shoveling and go straight for the hot beverage and fuzzy slippers. They also strongly suggest that eating popcorn while watching a movie or reading a book will greatly enhance your mood and day.