Winter. The season most Virginians love to hate. It’s been an interesting one this year, so I’m joining up with Amanda from Running with Spoons for the Thinking Out Loud link up…
- This last week, Virginia has really gotten into the concept of winter. After a December filled with warm days and runs in skirts, January has included some wicked cold days and is now gearing up for what the “experts” are calling an historic storm. Estimates are all over the place (seriously, one guy said 5″-20″ – way to cover your bases), but the general consensus is that we are going to get walloped. The only question is when.
- As a prelude to the SNOW, we got a little bit of snow on Wednesday evening. Beer Geek and I were already out for a run, so we got to do a nice run in the snow, followed by a beer. The run was actually quite pleasant, as was the beer.
- The drive home was awful. It took us 2 hours to drive 5 miles. I get that it was a slippery snow and that there are a lot of hills around here (and a lot of traffic in general). But the drive sucked because of the combination of people who completely freaked out and had no idea how to drive in it and the people who couldn’t be bothered to be slowed down by a little bit of snow. As you might guess the combination led to accidents and gridlock.
WASHINGTON, DC: -Snow Storm Drops 1″ of Snow -160+ Traffic Accidents Reported Across Va. -Massive Traffic Jams pic.twitter.com/a0V7t63O9O
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 21, 2016
- Obviously Virginia (and DC and probably Maryland) totally failed the snow dress rehearsal. My plan for Friday-Sunday (or longer)? Hunker down at home. The house is stocked full of food and we have plenty to do around the house. And we have beer. Lots of beer.
- I’d like to say that the weather is interfering with my training, but that implies that I’ve actually been training. I just haven’t felt like running more than 5 miles at a time. Probably not a good thing when I have a half marathon coming up on March 12th. And another one on March 19. Perhaps I should at least think about creating a training plan.
- Totally unrelated to both the beer and the snow, I heard from Nava yesterday and I do indeed have a casein intolerance. I’m not surprised. Now to figure out if I plan to do anything about it. I am, after all, from Wisconsin. And Wisconsin girls need their cheese.
How is winter treating you? Do you have enough beer or wine to get you through Snowpocalypse and Snowmageddon’s love child?
9 thoughts on “Thinking out loud about winter”
Honestly I’m so glad we’re missing the snow (I’m in Norfolk-Va Beach area). Same thing happens here-people flip out and can’t deal with it. Sounds like you have a great plan to relax and hunker down this weekend. Stay warm!
Right now it’s forecast that the storm will pretty much completely miss us.. And that is just fine with me!
I don’t drink, but we are almost totally out of fruit because I didn’t feel like going food shopping when we were insanely cold & windy. So today I must squeeze it in!
Glad the snow is coming this weekend and they have until Thurs. to prepare for our arrival 🙂
Hahah you will like the first part of my post today. At one point last fall, I would say that we were definitely prepared on the alc front, but not so much right now. Basically, I need to get to running again so that I can justify it!
It sounds like we’re in for quite a beating this weekend. It took me going to two different grocery stores this morning to find what we needed. More than 24 hours before the blizzard was supposed to start and grocery shelves were already being emptied. At least I’m ready now!
You are stocked! Love it! NYC is supposed to get hit, too. They’re saying Saturday. If only it could be a work day… haha
Wow!! I can’t believe you guys are under a blizzard watch!! Stay safe and warm and enjoy the winter wonderland 🙂
PS: No blizzard for us, but having wine on hand is always a good thing! 🙂
We’ve had little to no [typical] Ohio winter this year and I couldn’t be happier. Sadly we’ve been hearing a lot about Snowmageddon’s love child this week.
I have lived in Alaska for the past few years, so you would think that people would be used to driving in the snow here. Yet, every year during the first appreciable snowfall, there are 100 wrecks in Anchorage (a city of only about 300,000 people). Some people are recent arrivals with no winter driving experience and others just decide that it’s fine to continue speeding along like maniacs. It scares me to be on the road or out running on the sidewalks when this happens. Hope you are weathering the Snowzilla madness with your lovely stock of beer!