Thursday, January 13, 2011

Myriad meteorological miseries

Yep, I’m going to write about the weather. I know, that’s pretty clichéd at this time of year. At least I gave it a fancy title.

I knew that the weather here in Kentucky, and all along the East Coast, had been crappy recently, but I had no idea just how crappy. My favorite weather blog had a map yesterday that showed that every state in the US except Florida had snow on the ground. That’s a lot of snow, people. I don’t have hard numbers on this, but it seems like we are averaging an inch or two of snow at least every week and a half. As of January 12th, this portion of Kentucky had already received more snow than we usually get in an entire winter.

But (you might be thinking) who doesn’t love snow? It’s sledding and snowmen and angels and hot cocoa and snuggling by the fire and rosy cheeks! I felt that way, too…until I started driving. And got old. Now, snow is getting stuck in an unplowed parking lot, sliding into a ditch, shoveling (and shoveling again, when the original shoveled area gets covered over), crawling up my sloping driveway on my hands and knees because it is too icy to stand on, constantly having wet frozen feet, and either breaking a limb or getting run over by a bus after falling off the slick sidewalk. Add to that a dog who, when there is snow on the ground, gets confused and thinks that poo is a food item. Oh, and the special joy of receiving a $330 electric bill in the mail, since the average temperature is running about 15 degrees below normal. Can you tell that I’m thoroughly tired of winter already?

There are a couple of bright spots. Mr. Nerd has promised that I can get a new cell phone next month, which gives me something to look forward to for the next few weeks. (I’ve been suffering from a bad case of New Cell Phone Fever. My life is not terribly exciting, in case you can't tell.) And I got these:

Aren’t they adorable? I have wanted a pair of wellies forever, but hadn’t been able to justify the expense. After he had to bodily pull me up the driveway a couple of times, Mr. Nerd heartily agreed that it was worth the $25 for me to get a pair of boots with good traction. So, if you see me slogging through the snowy downtown streets after a long, cold day at work, I might be feeling pretty miserable. But at least my feet will look cute.


Jewelielyn said...

i love those boots! i've been looking longingly at some for a couple of years now, but since we never have snow and hardly ever have rain, it is a little hard to justify. i'm sorry you are cold and wet :( but i am glad you will have cute feet :)

Junk Drawer Kathy said...

Yeah, I'm old too and officially done with winter. I try to leave work a little early so I can drive with at least some sunlight. I need it now. Also worrying about falling on ice. I saw a lady take a bad spill yesterday at lunch. Stupid business didn't even salt the front of their shops. She probably could have sued. She's lucky she didn't hit her head on the pavement. I bet she's real sore today.

Love your boots! Even had a cute tweety bird on it! Thoughts of spring...

absepa said...

Jewelielyn: Thanks! I couldn't see buying the boots just for rain, but they have definitely come in handy for walking around in the snow.

Kathy: It honks me off *so* much when businesses don't clear their walks and parking lots. I understand that they might not want to pay someone to shovel, but at least throw a little salt around! If I fall and break my head I am definitely suing.

cardiogirl said...

Are you serious? 49 out of 50 states have snow on the ground? Even California and Arizona? Wow. The Apocalypse is right around the corner.

Those boots are awesome! This is the first year I've worn boots and I have to say it has really enhanced my winter experience. I truly feel like a whole new world has opened up for me.

Mine are all black, Tretorn rain/boot boots that allow me to just slip in and out of them. No buckles, no laces, no fuss.

To that wench Winter, I say "Bring on the snow, baby. I'm invincible in my new boots." Even though my left sock twists. Small price to pay.

absepa said...

cardiogirl: That weather map thing was pretty crazy. Florida was the only state that had no snow, including Hawaii. I'll keep an eye out for the four horsemen. :)

I really like your boots, too! Saw those on Amazon when I was boot shopping. They look warm and cozy, sock twist notwithstanding.