We are hunkering down for a big snow storm here in the Philly burbs. I still find it cute how excited everyone gets by the threat of SNOW. After living in Michigan and getting lake effect snow I'm not easily phased by all the hype until I actually see it coming down.
I lived in Kalamazoo for several years, which is about 30 miles east of Lake Michigan. When we got snow, we got snow! Snow measured in feet, not inches! With lots of drifting. I remember storms where I couldn't get my back door open, and when I did manage to squeeze through I had to dig through 3 plus feet of snow to get to the garage (and yes, up hill both ways, barefoot!). The really crappy part of it was that as a pharmacist working in a hospital I had to pretty much do what ever I could to get to work. Driving in that shit sucks. But at least Michigan drivers have a clue how to drive in snow.
I moved here ten years ago (this week as a matter of fact) and in those ten years we have had two snow storms that impressed me and actually lived up to the excitement. Not that I'm not hoping every time they start talking about snow that we'll get a big storm. Now that I don't have this obligation to do everything I can to get to work since I can do most of it from home if needed, and the pressure isn't that great on Rich to get to his job either, I enjoy a nice snow day. And since Rich enjoys taking the boys outside to play, I can stay warm and cozy inside and have the hot chocolate ready to go.
So yes, lots of hype right now about the "big storm" that's a'comin'.
We had to stop at our local market on the way home today to get a prescription filled. There were a lot of people there buying milk, and bread, and toilet paper, and cat food (seriously, cat food...you know, in case there are unannounced Survivor auditions I guess). In Michigan at least people would be buying beer or wine, but in PA they don't sell alcohol in the grocery stores. Silly state.
Anyway, I felt obligated to buy milk too...and cat food. And a couple frozen pizzas, boxes of cereal, and some avocados to make guacamole. Thankfully we are already stocked up on beer and wine.
But shit...I forgot to stock up on toilet paper. It is sure to turn into a nor'easter now!
So here's hoping for a good snow storm when we wake up tomorrow. There is nothing better to tire out Noah than playing in the snow. And since I'm not the one shoveling anymore, I say bring it on!
Maybe we can recreate Noah's snowman from last year, with the inappropriately placed carrot.
Update: We only have a couple inches here, but other parts closer to the shore have been hit pretty hard. So definitely not just hype for this one. Although it still cracks me up when they start calling it the "storm of the century."
The boys are definitely enjoying it!
Update to the update: We woke up this morning to over a foot of snow. The boys had a ball! And now Rich wants a snow blower.