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SNOW DAY!

Three days ago the high was 72° (22° C). This morning we woke up to 6 inches of snow and more coming down. The predictions for the last several days has been that there might be up to a foot of snow; but the predictions also said that the snow wouldn't fall for real until 6pm tonight. *laughs*

It is, of course, a snow day. And Jet's home building an ENORMOUS Lego kit we gave him for Christmas. Whew.

I am amused that his biggest worry was about the fact that he might not be able to return his library books for Spring Break.

There's a whole foot of it out there now, and the wind's picked up and we can't even see the neighbor's house for how much snow is blowing around.



I was depressed. I probably still am. I think it's a combination of a lot of things. Mostly just tired, still.

Some of it having to do with being so useful and busy for the whole of the Biloxi trip and coming back to lots of small things that needed to be done, but which weren't as 'important' to me. It's the old difference between 'urgent' and 'important', and I'm frantically shoveling things into the void. Some of it is also having to confront the fact that my medical condition isn't getting that much better with what I'm doing now, and I need to do make more physical effort and it might not make a difference. Some of that was because when I was down in Biloxi, my breathing was not any better this time. Unlike Florida or South Dakota, where my breathing got markedly better.

And it's not like I wasn't doing anything physical to improve my lung capacity there, either. *laughs*

I had to confront the breathing thing because someone recommended a chiropractor to help out, and I had to figure out if I could afford the whole venture. And it's definitely helped my range of motion and some of the problems I had after Biloxi, but I'm a little wary of relying on yet another thing that I'd have to spend money on, when I know that part of the base problem is just something I can do, which is get up away from the keyboard more often.

Some of it has to do with the economy and lots of people having a hard time, and my own degrees of uncertainty.

I'm climbing out gradually. Focusing a bit more on Jet and John helps, focusing on doing whatever exercise I can has been interesting. *laughs*

I went to the grocery store yesterday on my bike, as the storm hadn't come in, yet, but was hovering over the mountains. Big clouds that were hiding the peaks behind the foothills, which was really different than usual. Since it was a west wind, it nearly blew me the whole way to the store. I needed baked beans, a few other canned things, butter, frozen cinnamon rolls for Jet, and apples. I ended up buying a little Scottish oatmeal, too, as I was intrigued by it. It turns out to be stone ground oats, not steel cut or flattened, but actually ground. Wow.

It ended up being about twenty-five pounds worth of groceries, that managed to fit into my backpack, and then I rode home. Into the teeth of a 25 mph (40 kph) headwind... that was the real work out for the day. Felt good to get into it and not be able to think of anything but the next pedal forward. Basically inched home on low gears.

In time to get dinner put together, and then we all went to Jet's Seussical, which is a musical based on Dr. Seuss books. The whole second grade was doing the musical and the 1st grade did "the Sounds of Music" which included the sounds of Peter and the Wolf and other songs as well as two songs from The Sound of Music. They did really well, and it was fun watching them perform and interesting to work with Jet through his pre-performance nervousness and then have him be really happy and jazzed after the performance. He found out that he really liked doing the performance and that it seemed like it was really, really short.

He enjoyed his ice cream after. So that was good. And now I'm really glad we took the opportunity to go out and have ice cream before the snow hit. Today we're not getting out to do anything much. John went to the OUR center, to do his day shelter work, and he's anticipating a huge rush today. Though given how much snow has already fallen it might be hard for folks to get in for their supplies today.
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Yikes. That's a lot of snow.

I'm torn between wanting to chat with you more often, and wanting to make sure you get away from the computer enough. :) I hope you find a suitable balance.
Yeah, it's a good thing, as we've had a really dry winter, so we really need the precipitation.

I know that feeling on the latter bit. *laughs* You're a very encouraging chat, and the great thing with you is that I know neither of us takes any offense when the other needs to do something and goes. Your schedule also doesn't conflict with my exercise schedule at all, though you probably have seen a lot less of me when you first get on. So if I'm on, feel free to chat when you like.

The nice thing is that if I do at least get up to the level my lungs need, my hands are going to be no problem whatsoever. *grins*
My feeling on snow this year can be eloquently summed up by a quote from, if memory serves, terry31415, in reference to Minnesota ice storms: "This $#!+ ran out of funny three weeks ago."

But I'm in Seattle, and we're not supposed to get snow more than once or twice a year. Where you are is a different story :)
Entirely!

For us it's a godsend, as it's been a really dry winter and we need the moisture very badly. So we're just holed up in the house, doing Legos, video games, and the exercise bike. *laughs*

mmmm... soup... *grins*
You got snow? I don't know if I should be envious. It's still chilly up here, but none of that white stuff.

I am amused that his biggest worry was about the fact that he might not be able to return his library books for Spring Break.

Wow, really? I didn't think kids cared about their library books' due date (that's mom/dad's job).

Your trip to the store sounds interesting. I like the wind, I really do, but when it gets to be that strong it can be scary. I don't know if I should rush out into it or hide. It sounds like it helped give you some resistance for getting to the store.
*laughs*

Given that this Mom and Dad do NOT look out for his due dates and he pays his own fines out of his allowance, he is the one that's motivated. So that helps immensely. There's a lot of stuff I refuse to track for him, and he gets his own consequences and, I think, has a better understanding of them thereby.

It sure did give me good resistance. *grins* But, yeah, it's drifting up to two or three feet now; but I think, overall it's about a foot. And more is coming down right now.

Definitely a "holing up" kind of day... I'm so glad we don't have to drive today and/or try to rescue Jet from school.
Gah, snow! We had some on Monday after some really lovely weather. Now it's cold and wet again, ugh. But I'll take it if it means spring is inching that much closer!

I hope you can shake your busy/winter blues. It's so tiring to be down!

Seussical! I've never heard of it before, but I'm utterly charmed by the very idea. What part did your little guy play?
It *is* tiring to be down. Frustrating, too...

Jet was one of the many Who's of the town, he wore BRIGHT clothes and put his hair up in a spike. *laughs*

Yeah... Snow. But it's really our first BIG snow of the year, so we're taking advantage of it; and it's STILL coming down. Jet went outside and literally lay down in it and swam around... *laughs* I'm not sure if it's just 'cause it was that deep or if it's just because he's a boy...
Snoooooooow! :) I'm jealous! We NEVER get snow down here in Georgia. Then again, you guys probably get tired of snow...

And Seussical! I've seen that! So cute! :)
Some years, yeah, we get tired of it...

But this year we haven't had ANY, so this HUGE DUMP has been really great.

The boys are out sledding in it now. *grins* It's fun this way.

They were very, very cute. *laughs* But I'm biased.
Computers really can suck up your life if you let them. It's a hard tightrope to walk. Most of my friends are online, so when I want adult companionship I need to come here, but then so many other things remain undone.

I get depressed for no reason this time of year, though I know the feeling of having a set back with your illness. I went through mine in January and it totally blew my whole optimistic outlook on the new year. Chronic illness can just suck all your optimism out, so I know how you feel to some extent and I totally sympathize.

Suessical?! OMG that sounds so awesome!!

Can we have your snow? All we got was the cold weather and I hate that without out the fun of snow to go with it. :(
Huh... yeah... that is a very good point.

I do need to figure out how to balance things.

Awww... about that in January. I hadn't known, but yeah... not fun.

The Suessical was absolutely wonderful. They were so darned cute. *laughs*

We still have nearly a foot of it in the shade... *shovels some in your direction*.. but it's nearly 50 today so it's melting fast. Gotta love those spring snows for watering the trees and lawn, and the roads are now completely clear.
*laughs* Hey Sunday we caught about 6 inches of that shoveled snow you sent us. Of course today I felt like I lived in Denver because it was 55 and sunny and all melted away. ;)