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I’m Done with Winter

I never thought I would say this, but I may be done with winter.  Like full of winter.  Consumed too much winter and now feeling an uncomfortable strain along my waistline.

We are on our tenth snow day.  It may be more than that, actually.  I wasn’t really keeping track in the beginning, when I was gleefully shrieking that we had off from school… again.  You may have noticed that I am a huge fan of breaks.  Not such a fan of waking up a certain time every day.  So at first I was excited for each snow day.  I made hot chocolate and we read books.  We baked and watched movies.  We crooned at the guinea pig.  All was well.

But now, on our second snow day this week, I feel a little shaky.  I haven’t had a full work week since Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving ended and I’ve either had a snow day or a sick child cutting into my work schedule.  The same amount of work still needs to get done, but there’s no time to do it in.

I told the kids that we need to spend the day being productive because I can feel my mental stamina slipping away from disuse.  I told them that we’re spending two hours working on their supplemental reading packet.  They weren’t thrilled to hear that.  I then followed it up by telling them they needed to have everything finished for the science fair before they had fun.  The Wolvog pointed out that he can’t work on his science fair project since it has become a goat rodeo.  And I told him goat rodeo or not, it needs to get done.  So… wish us luck.

No, really, wish us luck.  Like wish us luck that our brains don’t melt away from hours and hours of Candy Crush.

Maybe that’s just me and not the twins.

And while they do their work, I’m going to do my work.  Really.  And then I’m going to play the non-whore parts of Evita for the ChickieNob as we work on her musical theater education.  And we may even work on cookies for our mishloach manot baskets.  And I’m going to get out of my pyjamas today and shower.  Please check in tomorrow to make sure I’m not curled up on the floor in a little ball, sobbing because I don’t understand how schedules work anymore.

Because it is highly possible that I will end up there, sniffling into a damp spot of carpet.  This snow day may be the end of me.

Can you believe I’m saying that?  Things must be dire.


1 jodifur { 03.04.14 at 8:27 am }

My son is actually sick so instead of working from home which if what I’ve done on his snow days I need to take him to to the doctor. They were closed yesterday. Which is awesome. I hate winter anyway and now I am JUST SO OVER IT. And what are all the camps going to do? Refund our money when the kids are in school until July?

2 a { 03.04.14 at 9:21 am }

School was closed yesterday for some random reason that was not a snow day. But my girl is home today with an earache. I, however, am at work, so I don’t have to get pestered with requests for a trip to Build-a-bear Workshop or playing Memory.

I am pretty well through with winter, though. Bring on the 70 degree temps!

3 Elisha { 03.04.14 at 9:38 am }

I usually enjoy the winter but summer is my favorite. I look out in my backyard and I know that underneath all that snow is my pool, ready for me to clean up and jump in…sigh…it will be a few months :/

4 Catwoman73 { 03.04.14 at 9:44 am }

Me, too!!! I can’t handle it anymore. Seriously. I’m sick of it being so cold out that my face hurts when walking outside. I’m sick of having to walk like a penguin, for fear that I might slip on the ice. I’m sick of my treadmill. I’m sick of shovelling snow and scraping ice off of my windshield. We’ve only had one snow day (it has to be pretty ridiculous out there before our school board will shut things down), but I almost wish we would have a few more. I have grown weary of trying to get my four-year-old into 40 pounds of winter gear just to walk one block to school. Sigh… It has to end soon, right? RIGHT???

5 loribeth { 03.04.14 at 9:58 am }

No kids, no snow days. :p But yes, I am sick of winter too. (Maybe because I *haven’t* had any snow days to enjoy, lol.) We haven’t had the snow you’ve had the last few days, but it has been brutally cold. Again. :p Even dh, who hates the summer heat & humidity with a passion and is generally Mr. I Love Winter, is sick of it.

6 Holly E { 03.04.14 at 11:27 am }

I hate the winter. Living in the midwest is the worst. We get enough spring/summer/fall to lull us into a false sense of security and them BAM, freezing ass cold winters that seem to drag on FOREVER!!

7 Battynurse { 03.04.14 at 11:56 am }

Hope your day goes (or went) well.

8 ANDMom { 03.04.14 at 11:58 am }

My son was just out of school for a *month* between illnesses, the few snow days we’ve had, and school vacation week. Dropping him off has felt like such a release – I was flat out of ways to keep him entertained and learning. Winter needs to go far far away so we can get a long stretch of good health and back into some semblance of routine.

9 nicoleandmaggie { 03.04.14 at 12:12 pm }

We keep having delayed starts. I think that messes with me more than full days being cancelled. Starting the day with extra childcare makes it difficult to get started on work! And then I waste the rest of the day.

I need to start work NOW. C’mon willpower!

10 nicoleandmaggie { 03.04.14 at 12:13 pm }

Oh hey, look, grading. Forgot about that. I can totally do that without having to think. Woo.

11 Alexicographer { 03.04.14 at 12:31 pm }

Yeah. We’re only on our 5th (I think) total snow day for the year (plus a number of early releases and late starts). AND I’m the WOH parent with DH stuck at home with our son. But OMG. And I would have said it has to be winter’s last (real) gasp here where I live, but in fact, no: there is additional frozen precip predicted for later in the week.

I really think Julia said it best: http://julia.typepad.com/julia/2014/01/i-shall-call-it-outlook-on-overlook.html , and the comments on the post are hysterical, in a feel-your-pain sort of way.

12 KeAnne { 03.04.14 at 1:56 pm }

Yes, yes, yes. I love snow, but I am over it. My son’s Pre-K follows a traditional school calendar and closes when the schools close. That means lots of snow days and lots of vacation time for me, and I’m still getting used to teacher workdays, holiday breaks and now snow days. I am technically not allowed to work from home, and even if I could, D’s age makes that impossible (he can hear me dial into a conference call from across the house). Snow isn’t as fun this year.

13 Turia { 03.04.14 at 2:12 pm }

I am OVER it. We haven’t had any snow days here (because it has to be pretty insane before the buses get cancelled, let alone the schools closing), but I have lost count of the number of times I have bundled E. into his winter gear, walked him to nursery school, and then discovered (after our twenty minute trek) that it is too cold for them to go outside.

I said to my father the other day that I am all for nostalgia for the winters of my childhood…but we had a car back then!

14 Lori Lavender Luz { 03.04.14 at 4:47 pm }

So did you get dressed? Did you cry for Argentina?

This gave me a visceral reaction: “I haven’t had a full work week since Thanksgiving.” Oh, my. I can see why even you are chomping at the bit to have at least a week of routine.

Thankfully it must be getting close to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6j4TGqVl5g

15 May ProblemUterus { 03.05.14 at 1:29 am }

Um, yes. I live in San Diego. What is this “winter” of which you speak?

16 Kasey { 03.05.14 at 9:21 am }

If I don’t have to clean the walk, the car, the drive and my hardwood floors from the salt and snowy mess again I would not be the least bit sad!

17 Tiara { 03.05.14 at 1:01 pm }

So? Are you curled up in a ball sobbing?? I’m in Canada, we don’t get snow days…well we do, but we have to get A LOT of snow for that to happen…at least in my city. I am just so tired of cleaning my car off every damn morning. Enough already.

It all reminds me of a really good book I read a while back that I am now desperately working on getting my hands on, A Creed for the Third Millenium, by Colleen McCullough. I really want to read it again now

18 Dora { 03.05.14 at 5:30 pm }

“I’m going to play the non-whore parts of Evita for the ChickieNob as we work on her musical theater education.”

Bwahaha! When Sunshine was just a crawling baby they sang Don’t Cry For Me Argentina on Glee. She was transfixed! Now I’m trying to figure out how to show Sunshine only the non-Nazi part of the Sound Of Music.

BTW, you, me, Cabaret and Cummings this Spring? You’ve heard he’ll be back, right?

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