The Winter of Our Discontent

1468680_10151827818755205_986799167_n.jpgThis is by far the worst winter I’ve ever experienced. And that says a lot since I have lived through four decades of snowstorms and counting. As a kid, I remember getting blasted by one major snowstorm — the blizzard of 1978 where I was photographed standing high atop a snow mound and for fun, someone in my family dated the picture July 1978. But back then, it wasn’t like we had snow three times a week. Once a month maybe, but definitely not every few days.
The worst part about all this snow has been the fact that we adopted a puppy and have not been able to house break her at all. Just try to get a puppy to go out in the snow and pee when she can’t find a patch of grass and has to walk outside in icy conditions. When we first got her, she was great – I even had a system going where I’d take her outside and she’d pee and poop first thing in the morning. She’s now doing the same thing – but it’s in our house and it’s so not fun.
On top of the puppy insanity (she’s up every morning between 4:30am-5am), we decided that this would be the first year that we’d drive down to Florida. Great idea in theory, except we didn’t factor in that the east coast would be hit with the worst N’oreaster of the season one day before we had planned to get out of Dodge. I booked the entire trip on points and supposedly, we’re going to be in Charleston SC tomorrow — how that’s going to happen, I have no idea but hoping that somehow, the snow will stop, the roads will be clear and we can get the heck out of here already.
So what are we doing to bide the time? Let’s see. Well, we caught the flu, which was really fun…especially the stomach bug part. I have been dealing with the residual effects of that one for two weeks now – at least I’m thinner – because I’m afraid to actually eat too much.
I’ve also been surfing Facebook a lot and searching for anyone I know down south to see how bad the roads are. Guess what? They are really bad. We’ve also been watching a ton of movies and TV series thanks to Netflix and Apple TV. In fact, just time for Valentine’s Day, I’ll be hanging out with my family watching a combo movie and classic TV series marathon. Since I’ve already finished “Mad Men” and “The Wonder Years,” we’ve now moved on to “Family Ties” and “Cheers.” My daughter is officially hooked on “Grey’s Anatomy” and on the movie front, I’m going to step into my time machine today and watch “Footloose,” “Flashdance” and “Fatal Attraction.” Any film with an F, will be on my playlist today since that’s what I give this winter…a big fat F!
So what are you doing in the snow other than going nuts like us?