Saturday, March 08, 2008

Excuse me while I un-bury myself from the snow

You know what?

I heart me some snow. But right about now--in March--I'm kinda over it. And that's really unfortunate, because March is typically when we get our biggest storms. Like today. It started snowing last night and isn't supposed to stop until we have about TWELVE INCHES on the ground.

I just got a new student from Dallas, and he asked on Friday, "So, when is this supposed to stop?"

I sort of laughed.

I told him probably by April, except for last year when we got 12 inches on Easter.

He didn't look too excited.

But then I was reminded of a story I heard on some talk radio (I know, I'm sort of a dork, and listen to talk radio--especially when I was home on maternity leave and needed a little intellectual stimulation) of how some dude did research on "happiness" and "measuring happiness" within this country, and compared to other countries. He said he did one study in Michigan in March. Their weather is quite similar to ours. And many subjects said they would be "happier" to live somewhere else, like Southern California. Where the weather was nicer.

But you know what?

The author dude interviewed subjects in SoCal and did not see any higher "rate" of "happiness" (and I'm not sure how he measured this) there. People there were worried about things, too...just other things. Like the cost of living. Or other natural disasters NOT involving snow, like mudslides. Things that I don't really have to worry about. I thought that was really interesting.

Because every time it does this here I hear all the weather forecasters moaning and groaning about the doomsday storm we're about to have. Complaining. Like it's part of their job to complain, too, when giving us the weather. But even my student from Dallas said that the summers are pretty unbearable at times down there. 105 degrees and humid? No thanks.

So you know what? I REFUSE to complain about this storm. It's really quite pretty out there today. I'm going to enjoy this day as I'm still in my PJ's, and so is JayZ. I just lit the fire and I have a new Inside Triathlon and Runner's World magazine to read. And an 8 mile run to do, which will be on the dreadmill and I'll just get caught up on the Daily Show and Colbert. Tomorrow, the trainer will do, but I know that it's going to hit 50 degrees this week and riding on the roads again isn't too far away. And I can't wait for another year or two where, on a day like this, I'll fill a thermos with hot chocolate, bundle us all up, and hit the hill for some serious sledding.

So wherever you are...don't worry about it, whatever it may be. And carpe diem.

10 comments:

E-Speed said...

David and I walked to Wendy's for lunch in this. Very interesting! Had to help a guy push his car out of the muck. Wish we had a working fireplace on a day like today. Have fun snuggling with JayZ!

DaisyDuc said...

As good as perspective as one could have in that storm anyways!

Enjoy cozying up in the house with the boyz!

Wes said...

Wha? Listening to talk radio makes you a dork? Excuse me while I go ponder this new found revelation :-)

Ange said...

Ahhh, I like your spirit. I have had to find some of that myself up here in Maine. I too Heart snow, but we've had over 140" inches (so they say) and 12 snow days (good but will NOt be good in Late June). The snow pack here in Unreal. We're getting that same storm here now....freezing rain though. Hang in there. Sledding days with your boy in a few years will be so so fun.

Rae said...

I am loving the snow today!!! But this is the only one we've had all year, so it's a little more exciting!!! Enjoy the snow!!!

JenC said...

Good attitude! I always try to think of all the things we don't have to deal with like hurricanes, poisonous insects/snakes, gators, earthquakes, etc., but it was hard to miss Wicked last night. : ( I'm bailing on the 15k this morning too, but I will ride my trainer. Woo hoo!

triguyjt said...

you are right.....

we (errrr.. I)like to yap about the snow and how its too much and yada yada yada..

It really is quite beautiful. See how all the driveways are shovelled real nice, with the cut edges??? The metro parks are gorgeous.. guess its how you look at it....
I think folks in cali don't have joy because the terminator is thier gov... you never know when he's gonna get in character.

Kurt said...

Well better the snow stay there than here with me. I am so sick of winter and snow!

IronMatron said...

I heart snow too, but I do hate cold, freezing, barren ugliness! March here is usually brown and cold. yucko.
But you're right--I don't think I'd be happier somewhere else! :)

Amber said...

I'm a regular reader of your blog (really enjoy it!), though this is my first comment. I just had to say: I am from Dallas but I live in Houston, Texas now, and your student thinks it is humid in Dallas?? He has no idea!! Take 105 degrees and stick it next to the Gulf of Mexico and try it then...

Snow is such an interesting idea to us down here. But as your radio show observed, the grass is always greener!