On the 7th day of Christmas…

Part of what I love about the holidays is the weather.  I despite being hot and sweating, so I love when we start to get a chill in the air.  

Winter is my favorite season.  I love the cold and I love the snow.  12 degrees outside?  Fantastic!  A nor’easter is coming to dump 20 inches of snow on us?  Bring it on!

I will admit, by March, I’m usually over the cold and the snow and the whole winter season.  But during this time of year I can hardly wait to see my first snow flake.  This time of year I am always dreaming of a white Christmas.  

We actually had our first snow fall her on Monday night.  There had been a call for snow showers, but I didn’t think anything of it.  I thought we’d get a few stray flurries or something.  I was not prepared for what I found when I got up around 10PM to walk the dogs…


IT WAS SNOWING!!!  These were not flurries.  This snow was actually sticking to the ground.  So I bundled myself up and off I went into the yard with the girls so they could play in the snow. 

My dogs love the snow.  Sadie likes to prance around in it and bury her nose.  Sofie likes to eat it…but then, she likes to eat everything…

We ran around in the snow for a while.  Then we went inside and huddled under a blanket with hot chocolate.  I loved every minute of it. 

There wasn’t much accumulation and by last night it was mostly gone.  Sofie did find a few icy spots in the yard to chomp on and I managed to find the only patch of ice on the driveway to slip on this morning.  But it was really nice to see everything blanketed in snow for a few hours.

Now I want a full-blown snow storm…the kind that causes bus service to be suspended and I’m forced to stay home from work!

One of the best parts about the cold weather is the accessories that go along with it.  Gloves, hats, sweaters, boots…I love them all.  I dress pretty conservatively most of the time and I wear mostly black and gray.  But I love to wear really bright scarves and gloves.  The other day…while perusing the Grand Central Market yet again I came across these gloves…

I immediately fell in love with them…the different colors and the flowers…they remind me of being a kid and the certainly spice up my basic black!  So I bought two pairs…one for me…and one for one of you!  That’s right…today’s present is gloves.  They are really comfortable and very warm.  Trust me…it’s 19 degrees right now with a wind chill of 7 degrees…but my hands were nice and toasty warm when I got to work this morning. 

You know the deal by now I’m sure, but just in case…each comment gets you one entry and you get three extras every time you blog about the 12 days of Christmas. 

I also wanted to mention something great that is going on over at Fojoy.  In support of Santas Anonymous, Fojoy and her hubby Wilzie are sponsoring a toy drive.  Santas Anonymous is a fabulous organization that delivers toys to families in need and this year their donations are way down.  Please go visit Fojoy to hear her account of why this organization is so great and to get all the details about how you can help.  Because every kid should get a present on Christmas.

Snow day…

Wednesday turned out ok.  I worked in the morning, but I left at noon and made it home before the really heavy snow started.  In fact, when I left my office the snow had temporarily stopped.  The bus ride home was…interesting.  The driver apparently didn’t notice it was snowing, so he proceeded to drive 60 miles an hour on the New York State Thruway.  I tried to calmly read my book, but once we started making stops I could no longer ignore the terror I was feeling.  We skidded and slid into and out of every bus stop on the route.  When we finally got to my stop, I was out the door before it was even fully open.

It’s a really short walk from the bus stop to my house.  Unfortunately, it’s all uphill.  It’s not a steep hill…just a small incline really.  In good, non-snowy weather, walking up this hill is no problem.  In icy, slushy snow…well that’s a different story.  Especially if you are me and you lack any kind of coordination or balance.  I slipped and fell so many times that I was practically crawling by the time I reached my house.  I was also really exhausted. 

J had the girlies out in the yard and I stayed out there and played with them for a while.  Then we went inside, ate lunch and passed out on the couch for a nap.  Later on we watched movies and then poor J had to go out and shovel .

Overall, it was a good snowday…completely disaster free and somewhat relaxing.

This was Sofie's first real snowstorm. She's a big fan.

Sadie refused to come in when we called her. We had to bribe her with cookies.

I passed this guy on my way to work. He's just hanging out in Central Park.

I thought getting to work yesterday was going to be somewhat treacherous, but it was really fine.  They did a really good job of cleaning everything up quickly. 

Well, back to work.  The price I’m paying for the 1/2 a snow day is that I’m super busy and totally behind. 

Have a great day!

The kindness of strangers…

So it’s finally snowing in NY.  We expected a storm last weekend, but apparently Salt got all our snow instead.  Today we are getting ours.  I’ve been wishing for a really big snowstorm…the kind that closes my office and gives me a good excuse to stay home.  Looks like that’s exactly the kind we are getting.  Too bad I’m already at work!  There really wasn’t any snow when I left the house and my boss wasn’t answering the phone, so I came in.  In the hour it took to get from my house in the ‘burbs to my office in the city we got about two inches of snow.  I have one thing that really have to finish today and then I’m leaving.  Hopefully the bus is still running later on!

As we waited for the snow last night, there was much discussion about whether to venture out to work today.  J has the good fortune to be the boss and, therefore, the one making the decision to close his office.  I am at the mercy of other people’s decision-making.  J called it last night and sent out an email to his employees, telling them to stay home.  Then he started in on me, trying to convince me to stay home too.  He reminded me of last year’s snow fiasco…

One day, I noticed it was snowing while I was at work, but it didn’t look that bad.  It never really occurred to me that it might be snowing harder closer to home, so I stayed at work all day.  When I got off the train at home I was shocked to see about 6 inches of snow on the ground.  I am not a fan of driving in the snow, but I thought it wouldn’t be so bad.  Our house isn’t that far away.  J was working late, so I was on my own.  I got the car cleaned off and I headed off down the street. 

What I didn’t know at the time was that the car needed new tires and the front tires were a little on the bald side.  So I get to the corner and I make a turn and start to head up the first of several hills I had to navigate.  That’s when the trouble started.  I tried to keep the car straight, but I ended up in the curb.  So I backed up and tried again…again in the curb. 

I was totally frustrated, but luckily two guys who were shoveling their driveways took pity on me and came over to help me.  They started pushing my car, trying to get me around the corner and on the way up the hill, but nothing was helping.  They suggested I turn the car around and try to go a different way.  There are hills no matter which way you go from the train station, but some weren’t as snow-covered.  My town isn’t great about plowing the side roads.  We managed to get the car turned after a long while and as I started driving down the street I ended up in the curb again. 

At this point, I was about two seconds away from tears.  It had been almost an hour, I was clearly going no where, the car was totally stuck and blocking the street and I was alone with no idea what to do next.  If those two guys weren’t helping me I would have totally lost it.  At this point I call J and ask him what I should do.  I could sense that the guys really wanted to go inside and I was going to be screwed.  J, not really understanding how bad the roads were, was no help.

Then the thing I was afraid of happened…a car came and wanted to drive down the street that I was blocking.  Turns out the driver was a super nice guy.  He had a pickup and suggested that he could use his truck to tow me back into a parking spot and off the street.  I was so grateful to just get out of the street I agreed and that’s what we did. 

Once my car was safely in a parking space, I thanked everyone and tried to figure out how I was going to get home.  I must have looked panicked because the guy in the truck offered to drive me home.  Now, normally I don’t accept rides from strange men, but the alternative…walking two miles in the snow…wasn’t very appealing.  Thankfully, I made it home a few minutes later thanks to my new friends. 

A few hours later J got off the train and found that the roads had been plowed, but the car had been plowed in.  Because neither one of us ever really has our shit together, there was no shovel or anything in the car.  Poor J had to dig the car out using his hands and a tupperware that he had with him.  Though, it served him right for not being more helpful while I was on the phone, nearly hysterical.  Once he managed to get it out, he was able to navigate the roads fine. 

It’s all very funny now and we laugh about it, but then it was a nightmare and I refuse to do it again…ever.  I was lucky that those guys were there to help me.  I was also lucky that none of them was a serial killer! 

So I’m sitting in my office, looking out the window at the snow.  It’s oddly quiet in here…oh, right, because I’m the only idiot that actually ventured in here.  My boss…the person who insisted that we keep the office open…has been completely ignoring his phone and email this morning.  I’m guessing that he won’t be making an appearance today.

If  you are getting this storm also, please be careful and be safe.