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Thursday, January 7, 2010


Oh my lands, y'all, it is so stinking cold out there! At least I've gotten a tad smarter... I think?... since I'm now keeping up with The Weather Channel. Because I surely don't want to head to the grocery store completely unprepared again. It's no fun thinking you're gonna make a quick trip and then finding out in the parking lot that The Blizzard To End All Blizzards will hit that night.

And it's definitely no fun fighting over the mandatory BREAD-EGGS-MILK-TOILET-PAPER survival supplies that everyone snatches with the speed of a winter snow school closing in the south.

I would love to offer up some insightful post about something, but I'm too busy shivering, huddling beneath my electric blanket because three layers and slippers just don't seem to be enough. And what is WITH this Snuggie thing that everyone seems to be loving? A blanket.... with arms... umm, y'all, I hate to say this, but that was invented a long time ago. Yep.

It's called a sweatshirt.

I also have a cold. As in a stuffy head, aching body, but thank goodness it's not swine flu again cold. The husband has one, too. I don't know who has it worse: me, the husband, or the oh-so-healthy Tongginator, who is coping beautifully with two whining parents who look pitiful whenever they have to do stuff for this outrageously spoiled girl. I mean, who needs to eat... REALLY? And have someone sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star to them at bedtime?

She is SO high maintenance. *sigh*

The husband is not too thrilled with me being sick at the same time as him. Because, ya know, he can't leave everything to me. AND he has to suffer through watching what he calls the PMS Channel. It's not that I like Lifetime all that much, but when you are sick, what else is there? It's either endless Women In Distress movies or soap operas, which are basically Women In Distress shows that you can't follow if you don't watch them all the time because the plots are about as clear as mud.

Kinda like that sentence I just wrote.

Obviously I'm not at my best when I have a fever above a hundred.

I know many of y'all in the north are laughing at me about now. Because YOUR snow stays put from November to, like, April. AND your dealing with temperatures well below freezing at the moment. And those of you in the south aren't even reading blogs today because you are so! very! busy! making the BREAD-EGGS-MILK-TOILET-PAPER survival run because y'all are expecting, like, two inches soon.

I can't tell you how very tough it is to live in the mid-Atlantic. We get no sympathy here. Even when we are huddled up, filling the trashcan with dirty tissues and shivering with a fever.

Sniff. Sniff. Sniff.


Carla said...

no...you have that wrong!!! We're watching with baited/bated breath to see if schools will close fully tomorrow for the predicted 1 inch of snow that is supposed to fall over a 5 hours period where the temps, according to weather.com are 35-37.

I think it's going to rain.

Then freeze.

oh...and the stores? It's Wednesday "Senior" Day, so not only did we have the BREAD-EGGS-MILK-TOILET-PAPER survival run we had it along with the loads of Seniors doing their weekly shopping. Fun times INDEED.

all for 1 inch...and a possibly UP to 1 inch...LMAO now

and don't knock the snuggie...it fits OVER the sweatshirt (or 3 that you are wearing)

Buckeroomama said...

Oh, I hope y'all (I love using this word whenever I can!) feel better soon!

That's exactly what happened to my post today... it's a post about nothing because I just can't unfreeze my brain. And I don't even have the excuse of being sick. Or of actually expecting a blizzard. It's cold here nonetheless. :(

Alyson & Ford said...

We are in a record cold freeze for our area too.
No colds; we have "BTDT"; hoping no more this season!
Hope you will feel better and train that cutie girl of yours to serve you a hot beverage in bed (Oops, that may be going a bit far, must think of safety).
Take care!
Looking forward to spring!

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Elouise82 said...

that would be october to april, thank you very much! well, if i'm being honest, only sometimes. but i do remember trick-or-treating in the snow! and coming home from vacation in mid-september to find frost on the ground!

so in other words, not much sympathy from this northerner. at least, not on the weather front. on the health front, bucketloads of sympathy! and if i lived closer, i would bring you over some homemade chicken noodle soup, just to prove that i am not completely heartless.

even if i am a yankee.

Kiy said...

If it makes you feel any better, we are expecting a half inch tomorrow. And yeah, you couldn't PAY me to go to the grocery store today. I don't care if Emi is out of milk or not. That's why God invented powdered milk baby. And that's why her mama cleverly bought a box last fall. They just don't know how to drive down here to start with, add snow or 'wintery mix' ... heaven help us all.

Seriously though, I do hope you feel better soon. And tell Miss T that she should be singing Twinkle to you as she tucks you in. :)

Hugs, Kiy

Aus said...

Well - I'll offer some sympathy on your feeling ill - and yeah - it's always worse when both parents are down....but cold....come on, ain't nuthin but a thing! We live on 7 hills here - and yeah schools are closed....but....I lived in MI for several years and kind of consider this 'balmy' by comparison to real snow and cold! We're expecting 6-8 inches by dark...and that (IMHO) doesn't even merit using 4 WD!

But yeah - love the panic shoppers...everybody has enough food to last a day...and by tomorrow this will be a memory!

hugs - aus and co.

happygeek said...

You know, I have never been on an emergency supply run to the grocery store. EVER. Good thing I live in such a warm climate:).

I do hope you are feeling better soon.

P.S. I googled your weather.


Wuxi Mommy said...

I made the same mistake last nite and went to the grocery store, only to find myself fighting another Mom for my favorite brand of toilet paper. Has it really come to this? We're also expected a dusting to 2 inches of snow, but the blizzared we all had a few weeks ago must have us all spooked. Add to that the bad cold I picked up, too, and it was the worst hour of my week by far:) I betcha we'll only see flurries!

Norah said...

Feel better. I don't have anything witty to say. I'm too cold : )

Andrea said...

I hope you feel better soon! School closed today for our expected 3-5inches of snow. Oh, and it closed before it started snowing.

Blue said...

Hahahahaahahaaa!!!! Cold? Snow? I laugh at winter! Hahaha haha ha ha... *sniff* hum. No, not really. We don't like the cold and snow any better in the tundra -- we're just used to it and build in an additional 15 minutes for car scraping in the morning. And we wear slippers and sweaters ... until the wood stove gets a-crankin' and we have to leave the door open for a while.... Ah the regional eccentricities I have lived, let me count the ways...

Oh, and sorry you're sick. =)

TeeHart said...

Yup, today is 20 degrees below freezing, we have two feet of snow. With the windchill it feels like 30 degrees below freezing today. But we are ready to head out the door to playschool in a few minutes. I also have some errands to run.... no biggie! But none of us are sick either. Get better soon and stay warm! Just gotta bundle up and plug in the car...

Doug and Terrye said...

You get all sympathy from me down here in the frozen tundra called central Florida!!! We are just not equipped for such weather as this. It's been years since we have turned our heater on, and now it is running all day long. Oh well, there's always the 100 degree weather of summer to look forward to :)

Sherri said...

I honestly have to laugh at the comment you made about us in the north because we are in some crazy corner where we haven't even had to shovel yet!! 20 mins away from us got over 2 feet last week and we got a dusting. It's cold though, just not snowy and the kids are going crazy waiting for a big dump to fall on us.

I hope you feel better soon.

Marla said...

Yeah. Cold. I freaking don't like winter and this is Texas so we're not supposed to have winter. But we are. And I don't like it! See? I'm so cold I can't even put a complete sentence together!!! Brrrrr....

Hope y'all are feeling better soon, I'd be really pissed if I had a cold right now.

Alece said...

ugh! sick again?! no fun.

Wanda said...

Cold? Cold ya say?


Mei Ling said...

"Women In Distress shows that you can't follow if you don't watch them all the time because the plots are about as clear as mud."

That reminds me of The Young & The Restless.

Patty O. said...

You totally crack me up! I love that "women in distress" stuff. Classic!

I was excited yesterday, because when we left Danny's doctor's appointment it was at least 15 degrees warmer than when we had gone in. Yep, it was actually 20 degrees! That's the warmest weather Illinois has seen in weeks.

AND we got snow last night. But at least I can feel my toes now that it is in double digits. Because that 5 degree weather was really wearing on me.

LucisMomma said...

I live close to Carla, and itis so funny--our schools are shut down and shut down yesterday afternoon when there was NOT A CLOUD IN THE SKY, and for Thurs and Fri, because of that "maybe inch." Now, if we get ice, that's bad (BTDT in Feb '94, hauling water from town for 6 days straight so we could flush our toilet).

It is funny. We have *maybe* 1/3 inch now and the kids love it. Because the last snow we had was not enough to make a snow angel show up. Today, the angels look nice.

Patricia/NYC said...

Hope you feel better soon!

And about the cold? I know it's only the beginning of winter, but I gotta say, it's been sooooooooo FREEZING here too for too long! I can't really take it anymore myself...plus, the boiler in our apt. bldg. broke so we haven't had heat for 2 d-d-d-days....brrrrrr...can't get that chill out of my bones...or maybe I'm just getting old??

Laura L. said...

You do have my sympathy. It's really cold there and you are sick. How miserable.
The husband is sick too? Now that's really bad. Who will take care of him? Ha.

So you visited the arctic tundra that is Minneapolis a few years ago? I bet you did just about die. :) What I want to know is why the heck didn't you look me up? :)

Get well soon!

The Source said...

Oh I'm right there with you, girl! Been sick as a dog all week long and it sure would be nice to breathe. Or hear. It feels like my cheeks are bruised from the inside with all the sinus mess. It's awful! I'm going to go beg my doctor for a shot this afternoon. I hope you and your hubby feel better soon. It's so NOT fair when husbands get sick at the same time. Because they're so wimpy and whiny!

Snow...I wish. We'll end up with frozen roads and school will be cancelled AFTER the kids get there so the teenagers will be driving themselves home while ice is falling.

As for the snuggie....isn't it just a bathrobe put on backwards?? Won't your back get cold?? I don't get it. The snug sack from the 80's was the REAL thing.


Janet said...

Tee hee.....I'm doing a little dance....it's called the "let them all feel the pain" dance. (kick) And then it goes, "this is what it's like" (turn) "all the time up here" (sashay), and "we hate it too but we're just used to being frozen" (dip) "but it's kind of funny watching warm weather people get through our SPRING" (pirouette) "and complain about 2 inches of snow" (ball change).

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

jen@odbt said...

I'm with you. It's TOO cold here. If I wanted this I would have moved to the artic. Feel better soon!

prechrswife said...

Love the post. :-) Feel better soon. Won't say anything about the weather here, other than we've had some unseasonably cold weather for Florida this week. No chance for snow, though.

Kristi said...

I'm so glad that even with your 100 degree fever that you don't lose your wit! I was rolling!

Carla said...

just an update...I think we have 1/8th of an inch of snow...but the temps are falling and the roads are WET...this does NOT look good for tonight.

BTW, we have no snow plows, barely have enough salt for the main roads, and we typically rely on the temps rebounding to the 40s to clear us out of snow...but we're going to be stuck in the 20s for a few days. EEEK! So, looks like we might be having a slight ice storm. Blech. Wish we had a lot of pretty fluffy white stuff though.

Hope you feel better soon!!!

Myrnie said...

Brrr!! Feel better soon :o(

Beach Mama said...

Sorry y'all are sick. I hope you feel better soon so you can take care of your child's needs:).

We here in the south get even less sympathy than y'all when there is snow. I mean, it is pro-active of the school system to call on a competely sunny, dry, cold day and tell us that there will be a 2-hour school delay TOMORROW because there is a less than slight chance of snow (with no predicted accumulation) that may occur tonight. That sentence should be as clear as mud.

Sharie said...

It's been below zero for a week straight - only once have I been cold...Monday when I was home sick and had to take the garabage to the curb for trash day:)
I thank God for my generous sister who helped Amelia buy me Uggs for Christmas a few years ago...how they keep my entire body warm, I don't know.
Back to the sick...Amelia and I were both sick Monday and Tuesday. My sister informed me it was good because I missed less work...I'm not sure as I felt worse on Tuesday when the kid's fever broke overnight and she was ready to roll. Oh the joys of parenting!

Feel better and keep your feet and neck warm - I swear that is the answer...Oh we're supposed to hit -35 wind chill tonight and the 6 inches of snow we got yesterday is now a 3 ft drift on my driveway, but my little Hyundai still made it into the garage.
My niece is visiting from VT this week; boy did she pick a bad time to visit.

Kristin said...

Hey, I'm in the deep south and understand your pain. We were expecting perhaps a half inch today and the town went wild. Like you can't get milk in a dusting of snow. Good grief. Of course, I grew up primarily in the north (military kid).

But the Snuggie? I'm sorry, but it's not a sweatshirt! My college kid laughed at me when I offered to buy her one. So I didn't. Guess what she bought today and loves??? Yep. And she bought me one. =) It's a sweatshirt with bottoms.

I hope you feel better soon. Being sick is no fun at all.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

This cold weather stinks.....I can barely get myself out of bed in the morning. I would rather stay nice and toasty under the covers:) I am definitely ready for Spring.

I hope you feel better soon!



Nicole said...

Happy Geek and I would be excited if we only had snow November through April. Usually it's mid-September through May. Sometimes June. Oh yeah, and sometimes we get snow in July and August. That's why we don't do emergency store runs.

Michelle said...

I am SOOOOO ready for spring!! Stay bundled in that electric blanket. I hope you kick this cold bug quickly!!

Lisa said...

Hope you guys feel better and the cold snaps SOON.

Now here we were thinking today was mild as commpared to the recent below zero wind chill temps.....we hit 25 and it was like...........whoop! whoop! Hi ho, hi ho, its outside we all go........thank heavens we broke above 20, hi ho, hi ho.....

See? Did that make you smile at least? Humor makes you heal faster!! Yes.it.does. ;)

Annie said...

So sorry you are sick!! No fun! My kids right now are having dreams of smowflakes dancing in their heads - oh and no school!! Hate to break it to them but we prob will get snow flurries with NO accumulation. However, down here even snow flurries can shut down the city! LOL!

Asianmommy said...

I'm sorry that you're not feeling well. We got snow in Chicago, too, & it's no fun to drive in. We played hooky from Montessori school this afternoon. No regrets!

CC said...

At least you've got snow!! We've dealt with the freezing and no snow. Actually, we had about 12 hours of snow last week (meaning it lasted 12 hours before the rain washed it away). We let the kids play in it for almost the entire 12 hours: at night, 1st thing in the morning, etc. We knew it would be gone soon.

And would you please get better? You've been sick soooo much this year!

planetnomad said...

Oh! Does he have a man cold? (Look it up on YouTube...'tis awesome.)
SORRY you're sick. And here in Rabat, we're freezing, and it's still above 50. Before you all mock me, remember that it is pouring rain and the houses are poorly built, no insulation or indoor heat, so you really feel the draft whistling through the rooms. Plus the humidity means that I caught a glimpse of my summer sandals yest (leather) and they're covered in mold. Yuck.
ALl this to say, you have MY sympathy, for what it's worth! :)

Aunt LoLo said...

Heh. Sending my -sincere- sympathy. Being sick is no fun!!! I tried to get Lo Gung to take the baby with him to church today so I could rest.

No go.

Luckily, he's an ANGEL when his big sister isn't around to pick on him. ;-) Feel bettr soon!