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How to Play Snow Shoveling Tag

Thursday, February 04, 2010

I enjoy shoveling snow. Because I hate ice challenges to my weak knee, I'm an overachiever.

But tomorrow the Baltimore area is expecting a blizzard, beginning Friday 10 a.m. and ending Saturday 10 p.m., 16-24 inches. For two days, DH and I won't leave the house. Sunday will be our day for Snow Shoveling Tag.

1. Person A sets a timer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, Person B shovels snow.
2. When the timer goes off, Person A resets the timer for 15 minutes, relieves Person B (who is required to go inside to rest and/or have hot cocoa or hot tea) and begins shoveling snow.
3. When the timer goes off again, Person B then tags Person A, etc.

On Sunday, December 20, after the blizzard of Dec. 19, DH agreed that he appreciated the rest after 15 minutes. Once we finished our shoveling, neither of us ached from overexertion. Our primary care physician was relieved.

1. Shovel snow for 15 minutes.
2. Rest inside for 15 minutes.
3. Repeat.
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    Good idea. I've tried doing something like this with my DH, but he gets stubborn and his pride comes into play. He won't stop until it is done. Then comes in weazing like he's gonna die.

    Today, however, he is out of town in sunny LA on business, so I must shovel on my own. I just did 45 minutes. While 15 min. is probably healthier, all the taking off of wet coats and scarves and boots, and then putting them on again that becomes a big hassle.

    Now my side is saying it hurts. Maybe I better go easy and do what you said later today. All of you who don't have snow, stop rubbing it in!!! emoticon
    3030 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/6/2010 9:28:18 AM
    Great idea! However, I'm not sure my husband would last after the first 15 minutes. We may have to try this at 5 min intervals for him -- (and I don't think it's because he's out of shape, he just hates doing it).

    Doesn't matter, we probably will only see 3 inches here. But I love the concept! Makes it even better if someone has more than two willing bodies to participate (you could more rest or maybe only have to do one shift!)
    3030 days ago
    OH!!!! I had visions of you running around with a snow shovel hitting people yelling "TAG YOU"RE IT!!!" This seem a lot safer. emoticon emoticon
    3031 days ago
    Great idea! And a fun way to get the job done.
    3031 days ago
    Sounds like a great idea, to bad I will never use it down here in Austin, TX. emoticon
    3031 days ago
    This is fantastic, thank you! I haven't played this before, but I'm in the Baltimore area too, so we're going to need it!
    3031 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Thankfully, we haven't had a snow so big that we've had to tag team it. And if we did, DH would be snow blowin' anyway.

    I shoveled the entire driveway (relatively large driveway) myself the other day. Granted, it was only about half an inch (the driveway gets very little sun, so it doesn't melt on its own), but it still took almost an hour.
    3031 days ago
    I remember when you played this before!

    I thought maybe Snow Shoveling Tag was where you took the shovels out, and then chased each other around tagging each other with them. I'm guessing if that were the game, not much shoveling would get done, and lots of tagging would happen! Your way is probably better.

    No snow shoveling here, but if the rain doesn't stop and the sun doesn't come out, there might be some Wrist Slitting.
    3031 days ago
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