Blizzard envy?

Hot chocolate

Okay, I’ll admit it — I have a little blizzard envy.

With record snow falling in the Northeast, I’ve been following the snowfall and clipper activity with the intensity of a true weather junkie. Here south of Washington, D.C., we’ve gotten nothing but cold rain and dreariness.

As a kid, word of an approaching snowstorm was an excuse to stay up late watching for your school district — C’mon, Charles County; c’mon, Charles County — to scroll across the ticker tape on the nightly news. “CLOSED” meant big breakfasts with Dad, staying in our pajamas and snowball fights with our family dog.

Idyllic, indeed . . . and decades ago. Though I’m far removed from those carefree days, I can’t help remembering the snow days of my youth: long, languorous things filled with hot chocolate and unlimited Nickelodeon and Uno with my sister. Definitely not the harsh reality of snow as an adult.

Which sucks. Generally speaking.

Though snow is dangerous and messy, scary and intimidating, there is a beauty and simplicity in being stuck indoors with hot tea, a fat novel and your significant other curled up at your side. Nothing to do, nowhere to go . . . just a cozy day indoors watching the fat flakes fall. You know, until you have to go out and shovel.

I think some of the romance is tied to the idea of taking a break from reality . . . this unexpected detour in an otherwise planned set of events. Finding yourself at home making breakfast instead of wedged at your desk is a wonderful change, indeed, and sleeping late on a Wednesday feels positively luxurious. For as much as I love schedules and to-do lists, color-coded calendars and plans, sometimes I need to be shoved out of my routines.

Snow does that. Maybe not three feet of snow — Boston, I feel for you — but . . . a few inches? Enough to change up the day? Well.

I’m being snow-fully romantic, I know . . . in fact, just a few weeks ago, I complained about the cold and how being pregnant with ice on the ground makes me exceptionally nervous. If I fall, I’m falling for two.

But I can’t keep out winter with full-body bubble wrap. All I can do is be careful — and roll with whatever Mother Nature throws our way.

Which, thankfully, hasn’t been much. (But I would take a little.)

If you’re home, stay safe — and have some cocoa for me.

15 thoughts on “Blizzard envy?

  1. The concept of snow days always seemed odd to me, in sweden the schools dont close becase of snow or temperature drop. Up north, in Norrland, kids go to school rven though its minus 40 outside. But, i’ll have to agree, a hot cup if coco and staying indoors does sound lovely, hehe. : )


  2. Well, here in Central Texas, if we have snow of more than a dusting (once every 5-8 years), everything shuts down. Totally. Moreso now than it used to. I will admit that I have never shoveled snow, but I do love watching it fall. We get ice more than snow and that is definitely treacherous, on the road and around your home. Good luck to all in the Northeast. I do understand extreme weather, living here in the land of 100+ in the summer. Now I’d like a nice cup of cocoa. 🙂


  3. I live in Minnesota and for the most part my little corner of central Minnesota has had little snow this year which is weird- but I have never been a snow fan so I am liking it. Currently I can see grass and leaves on the ground. I do keep watching that weather though…. knowing at any moment… my snow free winter will be gone in a flurry!


  4. Where I live winter is all over the place but we usually get quite a bit of snow. I romanticize snow and blizzards too! Right now the snow is gently falling after a minor blizzard this morning. The world seems so much more quite and peaceful at this time.


  5. I would gladly give you my snow. Snow days were so much more fun when I was young and didn’t have things to do. I HAD a few errands but I can’t leave the house today. I suppose I should just relax and enjoy the break but right now I’m still a little bummed. Maybe it’s still early. Let me go get some tea.


  6. We get snow in my area on a somewhat regular basis in the winter, though not nearly as much as the East coast is getting. I’m not envious because I hate driving in it, though it would be nice to have a snow day and sip on some hot chocolate! 🙂


  7. We also missed the Blizzard up here in Penn. although we had all the freakouts in prep of it. I received hourly updates from my mother in law on how many feet we were going to get and if her son couldn’t make it down the driveway he could always stay with her. The driveway is 100 yards, maybe. We only got a couple inches.
    I love snow days, I stay in, cook something warm, knit and get some hot cocoa for my hubby when he comes in from shoveling.


  8. I’m with you all the way. Just a couple of days to break the routine would be nice. But, alas, like Kay, we rarely see the white stuff. It was 82 degrees here today! How crazy is that? It will be back in the upper 40’s this weekend, but not for long. I guess the grass is always greener…or the ground whiter… 🙂


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