More Bitching About The Weather

Just when I thought the weather couldn’t get any worse, it did. We got hit with ANOTHER blizzard. On the bright side, all this snow better kill all the damn mosquitoes.

The snow is piled taller than I am, and taller than Ron in a lot of places. There are no right turn lanes anywhere anymore as they are all filled with snow. You can’t see around the snowbanks either and because the sidewalks are in even worse shape people are walking int he street. Driving to work could suck royally.

Oh yeah, and it’s snowing again. As in, right now. Yup. UGH.

I did spend most of yesterday in my art room getting paint under my fingernails and that was good. It allowed me to think of something besides the weather. I started a few collages, cleaned up and organized a bit and worked on a handmade journal I started before Christmas. I ate chocolate and drank tea all the while and it was good.

Now it’s time to get ready for work. Got to make my lunch and take a shower. It’s my first day back after ten days off. I feel like dressing very girly today but I’m afraid the weather just won’t allow it. I’m afraid that I have not mastered the art of looking cute and being warm at the same time.

Winter

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Oh Winter… why must you be so mean? Oh sure, we’re hardy New Englanders descended from Canadians, but even this Winter has been a bit much. There’s another, ANOTHER, blizzard in the forecast for this coming weekend. I can’t even laugh about it anymore. The whole Winter Wonderland thing has most certainly lost its charm for me, not that it had much to begin with.

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We have now discovered that there is water behind two walls and the sheet rock is soft. Lovely. I have to keep the TV on for background noise because I find myself jumping up at every little tapping noise to see if water is coming in from somewhere new. I now truly understand how some people can acquire OCD behaviors. I am doing my best to not look up at the ceiling every chance I get.

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On the bright side, we don’t have to go anywhere this weekend and I think I might just let the condo association do their job and dig us out for this one. I have shoveled enough. I’m done. Picture me dropping a shovel like a microphone.

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The MBTA stopped running on Tuesday. Let that sink in for a moment. The public transportation system for a major metropolitan area that people rely on as an alternative to driving into the city no matter what the weather, but ESPECIALLY in bad weather, SHUT DOWN because of the accumulated snow and equipment failures. Fortunately Ron had taken Tuesday and Wednesday off this week to spend time with me during my so-called vacation and didn’t have to figure out how to get in to work. The whole system is terribly underfunded and the head of the MBTA has since given her resignation over this mess. City officials want to host an Olympics here? Give me a break. Even now the system is experience delays and slow downs and I have no idea how long it’s going to take Ron to get home tonight.

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I had such great plans for this week. I was going to get a lot of stuff done. I realize I’m only halfway into this vacation and there’s still plenty of time, but my heart is no longer in it. I need to shake off this funk and get something done today or I fear the rest of this week off is truly done for. The icing on the cake was last night when, a few hours after eating dinner, I had terrible stomach pains.  Let me tell you that I am very glad our sewer issues from last week have been cleared up and I am glad I have working toilets. I don’t know what caused it, and Ron feels fine. It’s more than 12 hours after the stomach issues started and I just heard a noise that I thought was a hard drive acting up, but no, it was my stomach. UGH. I’m afraid to eat anything now.

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Well, it’s time to make the best of things. Time to go cross something off my to do list, even if it’s just one small thing.

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How many days until Spring?

F the Snow!

So yesterday while I was shoveling I started singing “Fuck the Snow” in my head to the tune of “Let it Go” from the movie Frozen. Today I sat down and wrote this. Sing along with me kids!

“Fuck the Snow”

The snow piles high like a mountain today
Not a snowplow to be seen
It’s epic, the desolation
The temperature’s so mean.

Ice dams are dripping, leaking, water gets inside
Can’t keep it out, Everyone knows I’ve tried!

Don’t track it in, please wipe your feet
Please keep that fucking snow out on the street
I’m done, no fun, go inside now?
Sure, NOW they PLOW!

Fuck the snow, fuck the snow
Can’t shovel it anymore
Fuck the snow, fuck the snow
Go away, no more, no more!

I can’t work
Don’t wanna go and play
And the snow piles up
Can’t really go anywhere anyway!

It’s scary how a forecast
Instills panic in all
As it nears, won’t take hold of me
It’s bread and milk for all!

Must go shovel, and you will too
Rest between storms, and pray too
No work, no school, finally breaking me!

Fuck the snow, fuck the snow
Why must this shit fall from the sky
Fuck the snow, fuck the snow
You make me want to die!

Bundled up
Can’t move my arms
Blind rage moves me on!

Snow blowers fury grinds, blows the snow all around
Icicles glistening in a dozen points to the ground
Then a heavy shovel shoots much pain down my ass
Oh fuck, my aching back,
Winter, cut me some slack!

Fuck the snow, fuck the snow
Up at the fucking break of dawn
Fuck the snow, fuck the snow
To shovel ’til it’s gone!

Snow banks high
It’s a blight today
Winter’s lost its charm
It gets old and bothers me every day!

 

Here We Snow Again!

We are in the middle of our third major snowstorm in two weeks, with a handful of smaller storms in between. It’s the third Monday in a row the library I work for has had to close. I am so weary of the snow I haven’t even been able to write about it since the first big storm. I’m on vacation this week, so I don’t get the snow day today. I don’t even get the vacation day back, but that’s okay. There was a small comfort in knowing I didn’t have to go to work today no matter what the weather.

Since that first big storm, which was officially a blizzard, we’ve had a gas leak, a sewer back up, an ice dam and a leaking chimney cap. Oh, and shoveling, shoveling, shoveling. We supposedly pay a condo fee to keep up with the shoveling, and they do an okay job, but if you need to go anywhere and it’s not on their schedule you are out of luck.

I thought this would be a good week to get things done around the house. Cleaning, dusting, maybe an art project here and there… run some errands, do some shopping (I need new bras damn it!) Y’know, generally catch up on stuff and try to relax. Mother nature has a way of messing up your plans though.

I hear there is more snow forecast for later in the week as well. This pretty much sums up how I feel about that bit of news:


 

 

Another Snow Day!

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It’s snowing again. We’ve had a pretty mild Winter so far. It only really started snowing around here a week and a half ago, but it hasn’t really stopped. I’ve had 4 1/2 snow days in the last nine days. I am determined to make the most of today’s snow day though and do something around the house. If I don’t get something done I will turn into raging snow bitch.

I didn’t get anything done on my day off Friday because I was dealing with surprise house crap. While shoveling the back deck I smelled gas. The smell went away. Then I smelled it again. So I went downstairs through the basement to see I smelled it there or under the deck. I opened the basement door and was hit full on by the smell of gas. I called the gas company who said they’d send someone out right away, and I went back down to the basement investigate further. Upon checking where the gas line comes into the house I discover a puddle on the basement floor. UGH. Now what?

The gas guy arrives, grabs his “sniffing equipment” and proceeds to check around for leaks. The dude won’t stop talking. I’m trying to text/call Ron to tell him what’s going on and this guy is yammering on about nothing while poking his sniffer thing into the snow and around the meter. Finally I excuse myself and deal to deal with updating my husband.

Good news – Chatty Gassy finds a leak and malfunction on the meter and replaces it. Bad news – The water is most likely coming from the roof up behind the chimney where we can’t see what’s going on up there and can’t reach it with a roof rake. We believe it to be melting and getting into the chimney and flowing straight through to the basement. It is not coming into the main part of the house YET. We are watching it very closely though.

As for today… well, I have a list of things to do while I’m on vacation next week. Perhaps I’ll just pick the crappiest thing on it and get it out of the way today? Or maybe I’ll just putter around the house doing any number of the endless daily things that need doing? Or maybe I’ll sit in front of the computer all day… nah, can’t do that. Time to get off my ass and move around.

Snow! Blizzard! Snowpacalypse! SNOWMAGEDDON!

Last Saturday we got a snowstorm and I got a day off of work. We got about 6 inches of snow here and 9 or so inches in the town I work in. I bet my all wheel drive vehicle would have made the trip just fine. It turns out, 6-9 inches is simply adorable.

Two days ago they closed work early, and preemptively closed the following day as well. Why you ask? Because of huge epic snowstorm barreling down on us. As I walked to my car the flakes were falling, but they were at that peaceful, pretty stage where you think, How lovely… I’ll enjoy this time at home this evening and tomorrow. I might even get something done around the house.

Well, this particular storm was not “adorable”. This one was a doozy. The town I work in got a whopping 33.5 inches of snow. Where I work is closed again today and here I sit, typing this.

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It snowed all night!

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View of the pond out back.

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Snow’s gettin’ all up in our grill.

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Still snowing. Ron’s car is getting slowly buried.

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Snow against the deck door.

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No grilling tonight…

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STILL snowing….

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Across the way from us. It almost looks pretty. ALMOST.

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The shoveling begins!

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My brother Joey gave me this lawn ornament for Christmas.

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Ron shovels the walk.

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Teamwork

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Ron has had enough.

 

 

 

Falling Down the Computer Rabbit Hole…

I suspect I am going to fall down the computer rabbit hole today.

I’ll just update my website, but oh look, first I need to find photos to use there, but you haven’t updated your portfolio either. Nope you’re behind on editing too, but first, that reminds you that you need to get photos off your phone since it’s almost full, but you need to update your phone first. And you wanted to make an Instagram book anyway so you might as well start that. Oh look, you are also behind on backing shit up, but why is your computer running so slow? I’ll just purge the Bridge cache while I’m at it… this takes a long time so I’ll just cruise Pinterest while I wait and oooh look! SHINY! Oh, and now I’m here sharing this technological adventure, and of course this would be funny on Facebook so off I go there…

Looks like I need to make more tea.

Random Blathering

I’ve been under the weather for the last couple of days. I’ve managed to not get sick so far this Fall/Winter season and here’s hoping whatever this nastiness is doesn’t settle in my chest and become a month long ordeal. I am feeling better today, though my inactivity over the last two days has caused an all over soreness that does not bode well for my back. I’ll have to make sure I move around a lot at work today.

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Apparently yesterday was Kiss a Ginger Day. While I’m not truly a ginger, nor truly a blonde, but somewhere in between, I’m not sure how I feel about being kissed by a stranger. Sure it’s not as mean as being kicked, but ew… germs.

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Yesterday an old high school acquaintance announced on Facebook that she’s going to become a grandmother. We are both about 42 years old. Yeah. Well. I s’pose that was bound to happen sooner or later. Not that I feel old or nuthin’. Better her than me.

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I guess I don’t have a whole lot to say today. And it’s time to get ready for work.