I woke up Tuesday morning and was sure the Apocalypse had arrived. The world was over as we knew it. Mother nature had been so kind to us this winter, and here in Western NY, most of us don’t complain when the winter is nice. In fact, I think we try to avoid talking about it because we don’t want to jinx ourselves. We’ve had like, no snow. We had a green Christmas again, and it has been above freezing most of the winter, with a few days that were brutally cold. NBD.
Mother nature had had enough. Maybe we weren’t being appreciative enough. The forecasters called for a foot of snow in this storm we were supposed to get, but it could also be rain, so who really knows.
“Whatever,” I thought to myself, “they never get it right around here anyway.”
And BAMN! This happened:
Dude. Where’s my car?
Snow in these parts, not an issue. 18 or more inches in one day: ISSUES.
So, how does one survive a snow storm like this, you ask? Let me guide you.
Sweating Through Life’s Guide to Surviving Snowmageddon:
1) Wake up to 6 inches of snow and immediately decide travel is out of the question. These forecasters must have been right. Contact boss right away and share your extreme anxiety about driving in the snow.
2) Spend the next 5 hours of your day watching storm coverage in your pajamas and eating candy/cookies/etc. by 10am.
3) Confirm that work is never worth trudging through a snow storm.
For the first time in my life, our major highway was SHUT DOWN because there were too many tractor-trailers and cars stuck on the road. Trust me, I counted my blessings because people were stuck for over 4 hours on the highway…just trying to get to work. My bladder is not big enough for that.
4) Consider braving the storm to go to the gym. Then remember this:
and eat more candy.
5) Do something productive around the house like find out the latest DNA results on Maury and chat with your friends about how bad the storm is. For hours.
6) After looking outside at least 100 times to see if the snow let up, decide it is a good time to go shovel your buried ass out so that you can get to work tomorrow, which will ultimately be just as shitty.
7) Break shovel while digging out and curse mother nature once again. Then use said broken shovel to the best of its ability, otherwise you aren’t going anywhere.
8) Wonder aloud as the snow plows are driving by, why someone has not yet created a better way to dig out cars. You know, one that takes less work.
9) After digging out, go back inside and feel good that you got a serious arm, back, and cardio work out in. Feel less guilty that you ate candy instead of going to the gym. Eat candy to celebrate.
10) Get pissed because you realize the roads are going to be horrendous the next day and convince yourself that there are reasons why you love living in Western NY so much.
…..And prepare for another storm in about one week.
How has the weather been in your neighborhoods?
Anyone else experience a ton of snow in one day like this before? – It’s not incredibly rare here, but when it happens, it creates chaos.