As I mentioned on Thursday when I was “thinking out loud about winter”, there was a big storm AKA Snowzilla slated to hit the Washington DC area this past weekend. I have to admit that I had a fair amount of skepticism about exactly how bad the storm would be. We do get the occasional HUGE snowfall, but more often than not, the weathermen are way off around here. (Unless you were completely off any sort of media or social media outlet this weekend, you know the weathermen nailed it this time.)
But let’s backtrack a bit…
Our weekend started early when the kids did not have school on Thursday. Roads were still slippery around here and some of our county is super hilly. I dragged the boys out to a doctor’s appointment with me – the dermatologist where I had a questionable sunspot burned off. PSA to all my long distance runner friends: reapply your sunscreen when you run for longer than 3 hours. Also, wear a hat.
Next stop was Target and Petsmart – one cannot get through a snow weekend without hot chocolate, marshmallows, and crickets. (No, the crickets were not for the boys.) Crickets are one of the few things I can’t buy nearby, so I needed to get enough to potentially last us a week.
In between laundry, cleaning, and work, I managed to get in a 3 mile run. It was relatively pleasant out, but there were still some slick spots, even in the afternoon. Late afternoon, we found out that school was canceled for Friday. I admit I was a little “Really??”, but whatever.
Friday morning I was supposed to go to the gym, but it occurred to me I’d not likely be running on dry pavement for a while. So, I went for a 4 mile run.
After all, I was likely going to be spending the weekend cooped up with my children, so I needed pre-emptive endorphins.
And then Snowzilla arrived – right at 1pm as predicted and came down pretty fast and stuck right away. Guess the school closing made sense after all!
Friday night we opted to stay in for dinner and then Shoo and I got some time out in the snow. I shoveled our sidewalk and front porch, not that it actually made a difference in the long run.
Saturday morning we woke up to a world of white. In fact, it was nearly impossible to open our front door! Snowzilla was already no joke! Of course, I headed right out to shovel!
With 15 inches already on the ground, it was a winter wonderland outside.
After shoveling the steps and the walk to the driveway (meanwhile cursing the previous owners who put in a curvy wandering path that is difficult to find in the snow), I headed in for lunch and got Shoo ready to go back out with me.
Next up was a shovel of our big sidewalk. Turns out, I managed a very crooked, shovel sized path along the main road by our house.
That snow was heavy! And because I could only move the snow to one side, my arms and back tired quickly. Shoo was having a great time, until his boot got stuck in the snow LOL, so it was time to go in.
It was a quiet evening in as the winds picked up and the snow kept snowing. We gave the gecko some time to soak off his extra skin and the cat decided he’d make a nice playmate.
All in all, Saturday was a nice day, but we knew that Sunday we’d be doing it all over again.
I slept in, so I woke to a completely cleared porch and a much nicer looking sidewalk than I’d accomplished.
We’d gotten about 22 inches total (maybe more because snow compacts as it sits), so it was a lot of work for Beer Geek and our neighbor to get it all done.
I shoveled the path to the drive (again!) and then a bunch of the snow around my car. It quickly became apparent that I was going to run out of places to put all the snow!
Shoo and I then headed to a friendly snowball fight at a friend’s house. Even walking a few blocks was quite a workout, but it was fun to see friends for a while.
When we got home, my poor little T-Rex arms were too tired to cook, so we walked out for dinner. Our neighborhood was a crazy mishmash of plowed, driven on, and completely virgin snow.
At this point, the boys have no school for at least two more days and I still have shoveling to do. While we live right by a snow emergency route, the street our driveway is on has not been plowed. Who knows when we’ll actually be able to get the car out??? Good thing I have shoes to run in the snow and we live walking distance to Gold’s Gym!
Anyone else hit by Snowzilla? How are you doing?
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