The Blizzard of 2016 in Emojis

by Abby on January 27, 2016

Surprised EmojiYou 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:

Lots o' snow

Pleased EmojiBut I was happy because we were all warm and cozy and safe inside. I made soup, we ventured out to another neighbor’s house, I snuggled their baby, all was well.

Baby snuggles

Happy emojiOn 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…

Night sledding

Disappointed emoji

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!

Messy foyer

Bummed EmojiBy 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.

Version 2

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!!

But if they cancel school again tomorrow, I will be like: Crying Emoji

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Kate Hopper January 28, 2016 at 9:09 am

I love this, Abby. I was feeling the same way here in MN, but it was due to strep, not snow. Oh the cuddling and constant demands for snacks! But what about my deadlines?

I’m glad they’re back in school. They are, right?


Abby January 28, 2016 at 1:03 pm

They’re not, Kate! Possibly not until Mon. But I keep telling myself that snow days are better than sick days. Hope you’re all better now.


Kathy at kissing the frog January 31, 2016 at 7:39 am

I love this – so clever! We are going to get hit this week in the Midwest. Not as bad as you, but we’ll see what my emoji’s will be.


Abby February 1, 2016 at 11:45 am

Good luck, Kathy! I hope the snow gods are kind to you. Everyone *finally* went back to school and work today, hooray!!


Sarah February 1, 2016 at 3:49 pm

I do not want to have any cuddle parties. Right now I just want to party alone. It would look like this: Me, lots of coffee, all alone, all day, working on my own projects!



Abby February 2, 2016 at 8:43 pm

I hear ya!!


Kathleen Basi February 2, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Catching up on my blog reader, and you made me laugh today. I remember a week like this…we were off for an entire week a year or two ago, and it progressed pretty much exactly like this. 🙂


Abby February 2, 2016 at 8:43 pm

6. Full. Days. they were out of school! Every day I kept hoping for a delayed opening, but no. 🙁


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