Seven silver linings of a snowpocalypse
The first snowfall of the season is a pretty delight. It frosts the windows and drapes the trees, children's cheeks pinking as their giggles sparkle in the frigid air.
Then the next snowfall arrives, immediately turning into brown frothy sludge that ruins your new boots, makes roads slicker than Astroglide, and promises to return on a regular basis for the next three months.
This winter has been an especially relentless one.
Approximately One Shit Ton of snow has fallen across the United States, burying our driveways, mailboxes, patience and sanity.
At this point in the season, we're all battling the Winter Blues, groaning in curse-laden frustration each time the weatherman predicts yet another flurry.
Since I'm feeling tempted to leave the main land behind and move to the Tropics, I've decided to try a better attitude about this whole winter thing.
Let's all hold hands and think of the good things about being buried in a Snowpocalypse, shall we?
1. The average-sized person burns about 200 calories an hour while shoveling snow. This means you can pre-game with a fat stack of buttery pancakes, and reward a job well done with a plate of whatever you damn well please.
2. Remember that party you once went to where the bartender did luge shots down a block of ice? Yeah. That. In your own front yard!
3. Husband still pining for a Man Cave of his own? Pretty sure "hand-made igloo on the patio" means "man cave" in Eskimo.
4. You can build snowmen and go sledding and have kickass snowball fights, all while pretending you're doing it for your kids. Weeeeeeee!!!
5. If falling snow doesn't call for Hot Toddies by a crackling fire, while making S'mores in the living room, then I don't know what does.
6. All kids love snow. Snow wears kids out. Worn-out kids go to bed early.
7. Kids in bed early? You need to warm up after a long day outside? There's a reason so many babies are born in September and October. Wink wink.
What do you like to do during Snow Days?
Kim Bongiorno is a writer, mom and wife stomping around the suburbs like a confused, nerdy, albino Wolverine. Kim is known for hitting you with the funny, then surprising with the sweet, on her blog LetMeStartBySaying, and is both a staff writer and the Social Media Manager at InThePowderRoom. Come see the many inane things she shares on Facebook and Twitter, or learn more about her work on KimBongiornoWrites.