I can’t take much more of this. I do realize that I went on and on about embracing the snow and loving where you live. I take it all back. Insert foot in mouth. The record-breaking low temperatures are really getting me down.
For anyone under the age of 35, which includes most readers, this is the coldest winter of our lives. It has literally never been colder for us. The one and only thing that is getting me through this is knowing that we are all in this together. We’re all in the same boat. The same sinking, frozen, can’t go outside, beyond cabin fever, going to kill someone, this is never going to end, ship.
So consider this the “I Gotta Vent” post. Please comment to add your own complaints, it really does help to know that we’re all miserable together, that no one is loving this. And if you are genuinely loving this weather, please stop reading.
- Yesterday (Feb. 23rd) was the coldest day, in the coldest month, in the history of Rochester.
- I let my dog outside on one of the dozen of below-zero mornings we’ve had this month and I think he almost froze. On his way back inside his slow walk, turned into a stop. He stood there, stumbled to the side a little, and looked at me like “I can’t do this anymore.” A couple of mornings after this, my husband had to pull a different, and much bigger, dog out of a snow bank. She had jumped into a snow pile, in an attempt to get to the yard, underestimated its size, and tried quite unsuccessfully to “swim” through the snow. She almost drowned.
- In 1997 we had record high temps in the 70’s during this week of February. To just get above freezing would be nice…
- My house has a 2 tiered roof. The icicles from the top-tier have morphed from stalactites to full columns, spanning the 5 feet to the lower level. Looking out our upstairs windows is like looking through a jail cell. Imprisoned in my own sparkly home. I know this means there is a lot of heat loss, which means we need to be more responsible as homeowners and up our insulation game, but right now there is nothing I can do about it. It pisses me off every time I look at the house.
- The other morning I was stuck in weather related traffic (I’m stúck), it took me 45 minutes to drive 1 mile. Needless to say, after staring at the temperature gauge on my car (which read negative) for over an hour, I was in a very bad mood when I got to work. I made myself breakfast, sat down at my desk and then proceeded to spill oatmeal onto my keyboard. Oatmeal.
- Today I motivated myself to leave the office for lunch. It may not seem like that much of an accomplishment but believe me, this was big for me. When I got to Wegmans and parked, I was feeling pretty awesome about myself for the close parking spot that I had just gotten, then I looked towards the entrance.
No wonder all the spots were empty. Duh Nikki. I have to admit though, as I walked around to the other side of the building, all I could do was laugh. I appreciate their effort to keep it light and cheery. Look at that little guy, he looks so cold.