You may have heard we got some snow here in the Baltimore area. Up to 30 inches, to be precise. But on Friday when they cancelled school I was confused. Because there wasn’t any snow. Yet. So I cleaned my house and invited the neighbors over. Fun!
By Friday evening the snow was falling fast, and by the time we woke up on Saturday it looked like this:
On Sunday, the sun came out and everybody went out to play. Whee! Sledding and sliding and snowballs, oh my! Our neighbors are the best. Everyone was helping each other dig out, sharing homemade baked goods, taking turns watching the kids. That snow sure was heavy to shovel, though. My aching back reminded me the next morning…
I knew schools would be closed on Monday. No big deal. Everyone was still snowed in, anyway. There was still some of that festive blizzard feeling in the air. We were starting to run low on food, though. No eggs, OJ, or bread, sorry kids! Also, my foyer looked like this and the dryer and dishwasher were running around the clock. Thank goodness we didn’t lose power!
By Tuesday, I was starting to go stir-crazy and the kids were getting on my nerves big time. You just ATE. You can’t be hungry AGAIN! I don’t CARE who hit who first! Can you please stop touching each other and especially me?! I happened to read an article about people in Minn. having “cuddle parties.” Instead of finding this creepy I actually found it hilarious because it is the EXACT OPPOSITE of my life at the moment. I can’t get AWAY from the cuddlers. (Amiright, Sarah Bagley?) They sneak into my bed, steal my blankets, even sneak under my desk when I’m trying to work. Did I mention I still have to work? Because my deadlines were not delayed due to inclement weather. And it’s very hard to concentrate with people barging in and out of your office and demanding snacks constantly. Ah, work-at-home mom life.
Throughout all this, I managed to (somewhat) maintain my exercise routine by running on the treadmill in our basement and kept up with my (very short) morning meditation practice amidst the laundry piles. You know how I know that these things actually make a difference? Because it took me until today (Wednesday) to finally lose my mind. In the past I probably would’ve lost it by Sunday. So there you go: progress!!