Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Arctic Blast Freezes Writing

I promised to write a follow up to the saddest day, in which our dear hamster expired, but then it snowed.

And snowed some more.

And school was cancelled.

And cancelled some more.

It's funny how the advent of a snow storm causes an inverse relationship on the delight spectrum Chez Garth.

Snow is a BIG DEAL to my kids. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't snow much in Portland. Hardly at all, in fact. Which is why snow is really, really exciting.

Time to work, however, is a BIG DEAL to me. Hence the almost tears when the third snow day in a row was announced.

Even though it feels like I've barely gotten back to work since the holiday's, I decided that maybe my kids could use a break from front yard snow, the new hamster (Yes. We got one. She's adorable) and video games.

I lucked onto two sleds, not snapped up by the craze of likeminded housebound peoples, and tramped across a field to a perfect snowy hill.

We spent all morning doing runs. Our cheeks turned bright pink and we stopped snapping at each other like animals trapped in a cage that's one size too small.

"There's definitely going to be school tomorrow," I said to a mommy friend who'd joined us. "Don't you think?"

"Yes, of course," she said, kindly ignoring the hint of desperation in my voice. "This can't go on forever."

It turns out she was right. The kids had school on Friday...with a two-hour delay. It's a good thing the Virginia school year is longer than the one we had in Portland because, combined with this week's mid-winter break, that gives us another four day weekend, I just might have to write January off as a writing wash.

The good news is we had fun!



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I used to go sledding all the time as a kid. Glad you took yours out for some fun.
Was there more snow today?

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You'll look back on that day and smile. We have snow today and I've already taken a bunch of photos.

Julie Flanders said...

These pics bring back memories of how much I love snow days and sledding as a kid. Glad you all had fun! And I'm looking forward to reading about the new hamster. :)

Barbara Watson said...

What a fun day! You'll all remember it as a special one in the years to come.

Beylit said...

At least you managed to have some fun in all of it.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Glad you were able to have some fun, at least. :) We've had a few snow days here in MN, too. It's a rough winter.

Unknown said...

Lemons are for lemonade. :) Wait--that's a warm-weather drink. Brr. Lemons are for toddies. Lemon, honey, hot water. There you go!
Enjoy your kids.

Beyond Acadia

~Sia McKye~ said...

As one who was snow and house bound almost a week, sometimes the thing you need is to get out and have some fun. Yah, it's cold but when you come back inside it's amazing how much better you feel.

We're due more snow later this week. I'm hoping for a dusting rather than tons of it.

I'm so longing for spring and warmth. I'm tired of this year's deep freeze.

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Joanne Noragon said...

Although we have a foot or two of snow, school actually is closed for the cold. A two hour delay on Monday (buses won't start?), no school yesterday or today. -16 on my car thermometer yesterday and -2 today. Ad the vicious wind and it's more dangerous. The kids are down to their last snow day, and it's still January.

Sherry Ellis said...

I live in Atlanta, and we got a couple inches of snow. My kids were thrilled, because they got two snow days!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

We've had 3 snow days so far this year -- but for me, those days are WRITING days instead of teaching days. Woo hoo!

However,I am not thrilled about losing spring break or extending the school year any further into June.

Carol Kilgore said...

Awesome! A January for all of you to remember.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Mine have had nine days off in a row. Add in weekends and MLK holiday, they have had 14 days off. And unfortunately, it's been too cold for us to enjoy the outside. The boys hit the hill a few times only to return quickly. Today we finally hit double digits on the temps and there was a gas leak at the school, so it was cancelled.

Marjorie DeLuca said...

We're still suffering under more than a foot of snow here and temperatures of -24C. Brrrrr!!!!!

Nicki Elson said...

And I'm sure all that fresh, crisp air will give you fresh, crisp inspiration for the writing when you can get back to it. You'll never regret taking them sledding on a snow day.

In Chicago---where the snow rarely phases us---the kids have already had 4 COLD days this month, and that's been a first. This winter is craziness.