Wednesday, February 2, 2011

White Death!

Not quite death...more like a really bad cold, perhaps?

The Blizzard of 2011 has come and gone, depositing significantly less than the much-hyped amount of "UP TO FIFTEEN INCHES AAAIIIEEEZOMG!!!11!!!" but enough to cause my workplace to shut down because of the weather for the first time since 1978 (and only the second time since I've worked there; the other time was the Mega Blackout of 2003). When I called the special hotline number for work this morning and heard the words "The Ann Arbor location is closed," I was thrilled. A snow day! For adults! I haven't had a snow day since I was in high school!

I lounged around in my pajamas, had oatmeal and coffee, watched a movie, shoveled snow, ate mac & cheese, drank some beer, moved more snow around with my neighbor's snow blower, took a shower, and relaxed. I was supposed to do a 30-minute tempo run today but I decided several hours of snow removal would serve as a substitute. Shoveling by hand certainly raised my heart rate, and pushing a 100-lb snow blower around wasn't easy either. I got my cardio and my weightlifting at the same time!

Alas, the rare treat of a grown-up snow day has come to an end and it's back to work as usual tomorrow. At least I know I'll be able to exit my driveway.

Tuesday afternoon in the cemetery. I decided to squeeze in a short run before all hell broke loose.

Everything one needs to ride out a storm.

Wednesday morning: It's SNOWPOCALYPSE 2011!

Boo and Darwin couldn't care less.

The driveway area pre-clearing. My little snowblower wasn't up to the task, so I borrowed a neighbor's ultra-burly machine. Even so, clearing it took almost 2 hours. Ugh.

10 comments:

Holly said...

Love Annie's Mac!!!

Morgan said...

Yay for grown up snow days!!! Glad you enjoyed your day girl!

Jessie said...

Good for you! We enjoyed 12 inches of snow! I sat inside and watched my husband snow blow!

TNTcoach Ken said...

.and we lived to tell the tales about it!

Ironman By Thirty said...

Founders and Bells??? Man, I shouldn't waited out the snow at your place! :)

We got at least 12 inches in GR. Probably close to the actual 15 predicted in some places.

Sun Runner said...

@Ironman: that was a mixed six of microbrews, I had Bell's Winter White and Two-Hearted Ale, Atwater Block Vanilla Java Porter, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Arcadia High Seas IPA, and one other which escapes me at the moment. Also not pictured: Dark Horse Blueberry Stout.

And yes, I still have a few left over. :)

Nitmos said...

I think we survived. At least, anyone still buried will have to remain that way for a few weeks.

Xenia said...

I love photos of sleeping furballs. My cat gets quite put out with the snow. His paws are delicate apparently.

joyRuN said...

That's a grown-up snowday feast right there...

Laura said...

Grown up snowdays = amazing. I even kind of got one in DC (got to work from the hotel and go in 2 hours late)! I can't believe how much you got there.