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Snow Day

Friday, February 08, 2013

So for the entire week, I've listened to all these predictions of record breaking monster snow storms. I've listened to people call me up at work, hemming and hawing about whether or not they should reschedule Friday and Saturday appointments. I've listened to my coworker declaring that if you live in New England you should pretty much figure you should have to drive in snow (easy for her to say, she lives one town away with a mother-in-law that lives within walking distance of work) I did my normal Thursday night grocery shopping at the Market Basket before heading home, which was anything but normal as it looked like people were preparing for Armageddon. It's been a while since I've seen the store quite as wiped out as it was last night.
I carefully considered weather reports as they were updated, not an easy thing when you cross 3 distinct weather pattern areas on a simple commute to work. As of last night, with predictions of snow not starting til a bit later in the day, I figured I would go to work as normal and just skip out once the snow started coming down in earnest. I wasn't so much afraid of the trip in, I was worried more about the travel conditions on the way home and whether or not I could actually make it. I can't afford to be stranded somewhere in the middle. Not to mention that the only heat is from a wood stove that needs to be fed, and there's a house full of animals, including a dog that can't cross his legs forever (though Jude does have an amazing holding capacity, god bless him).

So when I woke up and took the dog out at 4am and there was already an inch of snow on the ground, I rethunk the whole going to work thing. And truthfully, I'm feeling a tad guilty about it. But after spending almost 5 hours commuting one day last week for an 8 hour shift (and barely making it home the last mile up my hill) in a lesser storm.
So today I'm home. I'm going to bake some cookies, make a huge pot of soup, spread some candles around the house and dig out my emergency stash of candles, lighters, camp stove etc in case of the power outages they're predicting. And then, I'm going to knit and watch the snow come down.
And maybe, if we still have power later in the day, I'll check back in with you all

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
RD03875 2/9/2013 1:43AM

    Stay safe, warm and dry!

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CARTOONB 2/8/2013 10:26PM

    I'm glad you stayed home. Hope you were able to do everything you planned...including just sitting and watching the snow.

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GRAMMYEAC 2/8/2013 9:55PM

    Turned out not to have truly begun until late afternoon around here. We had an inch of snow between 6 and 8 am, but just some blowing until about 4 this afternoon. Looks like we have 6-8 inches out there now! Settling in for a long winter's nap!

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BETHGILLIGAN 2/8/2013 7:13PM

    Ooooohhh! I love your snow day!!! Cookies and soup curled up with a blanket and good book (or knitting in your case). Hope you had a good day!! Stay safe!!! Sounds like it's really going to be bad--you made a good decision!

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AJDOVER1 2/8/2013 5:28PM

    You're a smart cookie! Plenty of people will be miserable and stranded if the storm is as bad as predicted -- you don't need to be one of them. I hope you have enough electricity to Spark us!

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JANEDOE12345 2/8/2013 3:24PM

    I made the same choice. I have 10 miles of windy back roads to traverse and it's not worth it. I am enjoying my day off and like you, felt guilty until a few minutes ago -- hey, it really IS snowing a LOT. Good call to grace my couch instead of getting wrapped around a tree.
Pam in SE CT

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SUZYMOBILE 2/8/2013 10:10AM

    I kind of wish I were there with you! Cookies, soup, candles, and snow globes. What could be better! I hope you don't lose power ... or trees.

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    It's good that you are keeping safe !

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SLACHETKA103145 2/8/2013 8:18AM

    Since I live in NW WI I truly sympathize with you....It looks like our next bout is Sunday and and Monday but it is 1 degree and we are under a winter advisory until 6PM Sat. though...I sure am hoping not!

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