February is Kicking My Ass

It’s been a rough month.  You’ve probably noticed that my blogging frequency has waned as of late.  Or maybe you haven’t.  If not . . . Hello!  Remember me?  How’s the fam?  Say hi to your mom and them for me, ok?

Anyway, like I said, this month has not been the best, and it’s more than just the winter doldrums.  Although, as winter doldrums go, these have been extra doldrumy.  As I’m sure you are aware, either intimately or peripherally, it has been one hell of a freezing winter in the ole US of A.  While I am not normally a fan of cold, this winter has brought my cold aversion to a whole new level of hatred.  And, even though I’m not one to usually post pictures of temperature screenshots, I did capture a few noteworthy moments in temperature history as of late, and will share them with you here.  Oh no, don’t thank me.  You are most welcome!

tempbmore tempcar

These were a few mornings that were stupid cold.  I know some Midwesterners were routinely seeing below freezing temps and might scoff at this, but I do not live anywhere near the great white North!  This is very unusual, especially for so many days in a row.  And then there was this:

tempoc

That one pained me.  Ocean City, MD is my happy summer place.  Our family’s destination every year to enjoy a week of warmth and relaxation.  The fact that it was snow covered and below zero on this fateful morning made me so very sad.

And then there was the frozen stuff falling from the sky because of the stupid coldness.  We got some snow here and there early in the year, but not too much.  I mean, enough that my kids were constantly off and have used more than their allotment of snow days already, but not enough to really cause too much trouble.  Until the ice storm hit.  There is no messing with ice.  I actually had to call in to work and miss court because I couldn’t get out of my driveway or my neighborhood that was coated with about an inch of ice.  I don’t miss court.  But I had no choice.  We were frozen solid.  Here are some lovely pics of the ice outside of my house . . .

iceporch icetree icebush icetreelimb

But that wasn’t the worst of it.  It was the fact that everything was covered with a layer of ice . . . including the power lines.  Yep, we lost power right about the time I was calling in to work to let them know I was stuck in my house.  And now with no electricity.  Luckily, it came back on about 4 hours later, so I was able to take a shower and make dinner for the kids.  UNluckily, we lost it again later that evening as I was putting my kids to bed.  Oh, and did I mention that my husband was out of town for the entire week during which all of this excitement was occurring?  Yeah.  As is the norm.  He was out of town for the double blizzard three years ago, for the hurricane last year, and now the ice storm.  It has gotten to the point where if he is planning a long trip, I make sure we have extra batteries and that the generator is filled with gas.

Luckily, my brother in law is super rad and came over to make sure we were all ok, filled up the generator again and even brought some extra lights.  These were my favorite:

candles

Nothing like some battery operated candles to make you feel like you are living in the 18th Century.  I was expecting a visit from 3 ghosts at some point that night.  Sadly, I had no visitors.   I also had no shower the next morning when I had to actually go to work.  Sponge bath, for the win!  Thankfully, by the time I got home from work, our power was restored.  We were lucky.  There were some homes without power for many days.  Still, you don’t realize how much you enjoy electricity until you lose it for a day and a half.

Remember how I said that the few snow storms we got early in the year weren’t much?  Yeah, that all changed the week after the ice storm.  We got walloped!  It was a double, so the first wave gave us about 16″ and snow days for everyone, including me!

snowdoor snowbuilding

So, we built snowmen and played in the snow.  Luckily, a very kind neighbor came along and plowed our driveway, but I still had to shovel the front walk you see up there.  It was hard work, but felt good to get some exercise after being stuck in the house for a while.  Unfortunately, the snow wasn’t done with us and by that evening, all of my work was completely covered over with another 6″ of snow!

snowingporch

That WAS a cleared walkway a few hours before!

It wasn't done yet, but this is how high it got before I went to bed that night.

It wasn’t done yet, but this is how high it got before I went to bed that night.

Then came Valentine’s Day.  Oh VD, how I loathe thee!  My husband assured me that there were 3 deliveries set to arrive that day, although because of the weather, only 1 of those did.  So, I got my chocolate covered strawberries and mini cheesecakes (yum!), but the other 2 packages didn’t arrive until the next Tuesday!  However, I did receive these gems, so it wasn’t all bad:

vdayprez

My husband knows me so well.  I love the poster.  It is now hanging in my office.  It is much needed, believe me.  The pink softness on the right are a great pair of comfy pants that are like being ass hugged by a soft, warm blanket.  And the candle smells lovely.  It was really the perfect thing for that day.  Not too crazy or extreme, but just enough for me to know he cares.  I did eventually receive the craziness the next week, of course.  Because, he’s him and cannot be stopped.

vdayzebra vdayzebrastanding

Life sized zebra?  Check.  Huge ass roses?  Also check.  If you have been reading for a while, you might remember that he got me a HUGE stuffed bear last Valentine’s day.  If he keeps this up, I’m gonna need a bigger house just for my furry VD friends.

Around this time, I also got sick and had to miss even more time from work.  And then, when I finally made it back to work, I get a text from my husband . . . his grandfather passed away.  Not entirely unexpected, as he was 96 years old and as of late, his health was failing, but still very sad, as he was the sweetest old guy you would ever meet, always smiling and full of joy.  And, although my father in law seems to be handling it ok for the moment, with his health issues we are worried about how this will affect his current struggle through treatment.

So, after this hellish month, I am just holding my breath for no more tragedies, storms or other horrible incidents in the next week.  I just need to survive one more week, get through my impending birthday, and then finally escape from this all encompassing bitter cold and unending shroud of white and go here:

tempkeywest

I can’t fucking wait!  Now I just have to keep my fingers crossed that our flight isn’t cancelled or some other such nonsense.  Wish me luck!  I think I’m going to need it.

How has your February been?  Are you just trying to get out alive like me, or have you had an exciting and/or magical month?

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37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nicole
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 11:00:15

    I fell between 3-5 times while walking the dog on all of that ice.

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  2. agirlwhogames
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 11:21:08

    The storms you’ve gotten have been unreal, and you have my sympathy. My uncle in Maryland was posting pictures of the ice and snow storms with his husky as the measuring stick – she’s loving this weather, but no one else is!

    Just keep thinking – soon enough, you’ll be in the warmth and sun of Key West! And I keep reminding myself that in 5 weeks I’ll be at (for my first time!) Disney! That makes up for the missed work days, right?

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  3. andrea-maybe it's just me
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 12:01:30

    Oh, February came? I hadn’t noticed that January ever left….such a blur

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  4. Samantha Brinn Merel
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 12:05:10

    Fist pump in solidarity. We’ve been living through this absolutely hellish winter too. I’ve stayed home 3 times since January because of the snow, and there is so much snow packed into our yard and along the sides of the driveway that I’m convinced it won’t all melt until June. I’m counting the minutes until our April vacation to far warmer places.

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  5. pegoleg
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 13:04:37

    Your husband is a definite keeper. Could you have him call my husband and give him a few pointers on how to cherish a wife?

    Also, now when you get snowed/iced in. all you have to do is ride off into the sunset on your trusty zebra. “Hi ho Stripey, and away!”

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  6. Fresh Ginger
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 13:43:57

    You can send all of your snow here. We desperately need it. And, I’m totally a winter person. Snow wanted.

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  7. bluzdude
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 14:14:04

    Furry VD Friends should be a band name.

    dol-DRUM SOLOOOOOOOO!

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  8. LAMarcom
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 20:44:32

    Love the zebra.
    Love this post.
    Winter is a bitch this year.

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  9. She's a Maineiac
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 06:30:02

    Yeah, I’m with Peg. Have your husband give mine a few pointers. Enjoy the escape from tundra hell, Misty. I won’t be able to until the end of May when we hit Disney World. Something tells me it’ll still be around 20 degrees here even then though.

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  10. Jess Witkins
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 10:05:27

    I would kill for temps in the 30-40’s right now. We are close to record-breaking the number of days of sub zero temperatures, outdoing 1800-something where there were 57 sub zero days and I’m guessing, multiple deaths since there was no electricity then.

    My living room window always looks like your window, and I might be replacing my windshield scraper for the 3rd time soon.

    At least you have a zebra to ride. Joe got me a plant. And I have to keep it alive for a year if I want to get a dog. Ugh…work.

    Sorry to hear about your husband’s grandfather’s passing. Even when expected, it is still difficult. My thoughts go out to your family, especially your father-in-law while he’s undergoing treatments.

    This winter sucks. May I come to Key West with you?

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    • mistyslaws
      Mar 25, 2014 @ 11:43:32

      I was waiting for you at the airport, but you never showed! Instead, all I had of you was your birthday gift. ;)

      When it hits 40, people start wearing shorts around here. True story.

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  11. Natalie DeYoung
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 12:19:43

    Oh man, that ice. That snow. Ugh. We’re in a drought/nasty heat wave right now, which is bad enough, but then to see what you guys back east are going through makes me feel guilty for being worried about our weather.
    Thank the Lord for your upcoming vacation! It’ll be totally renewing for you. :)
    And those are some pretty kickass V-Day gifts. :)

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    • mistyslaws
      Mar 25, 2014 @ 11:45:31

      Yeah, it’s like Mother Nature is constantly PMSing all over the country! Nobody is happy. Ugh.

      Key West was a much needed break from all of this. But it’s snowing here again. Not happy.

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  12. about100percent
    Feb 23, 2014 @ 07:25:48

    Yeah, this February sucks worse than all the other Februarys. Thank goodness it’s a short month.

    Sorry to hear about your husband’s granddad.

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  13. JM Randolph
    Feb 23, 2014 @ 15:14:29

    OMG. Your furry VD friends. Love that.

    And, you still managed to send out valentines! Which arrived on time, between storms!

    I am sorry about grandpa and hope that dad improves.

    February has been a challenge. I have eaten a lot of cookies and my daily step count is somewhere down around comatose…. because THERE’S NOWHERE TO STEP!!!

    We went to Nosara, Costa Rica for our honeymoon, and ever since then I have kept that town’s weather report on my computer dashboard. It’s always beautiful somewhere. Enjoy that trip!

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    • mistyslaws
      Mar 25, 2014 @ 11:47:44

      Well, apparently the VD cards ruined me for upcoming birthdays. ;)

      I am in dire need of a nice walk around the neighborhood. I feel like I’ve been in some sort of forced hibernation all winter!

      I make the mistake of looking at all of those lovely places’ temps on my phone. Strangely, it does not make me feel better.

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  14. Valentine Logar
    Feb 23, 2014 @ 22:02:58

    Your furry friends rock.

    February has been a challenge. Don’t let it get to you…enjoy your trip and know winter will eventually move on.

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  15. Melissa
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 11:46:34

    Feb. is always my worst month of the year. Once the holidays are over you just get your soul crushed by the cold/snow. So I booked a tropical vacation this year! Of course we were set to leave the Thurs of the blizzard so our flight was canceled. But we made it out Sunday, so I can’t complain anymore. But the escape has made me very, very ready for spring. Good luck with the next few weeks! We all need a cocktail.

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  16. flyingplatypi
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 22:29:09

    A few things:

    1. I’m so sorry for your loss. (((Hugs)))
    2. Snow is gross
    3. TAKE ME TO KEY WEST WITH YOU!!!!

    Hugs!

    Valerie

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  17. PinotNinja
    Feb 25, 2014 @ 11:17:56

    (1) There is nothing better than an ass hug;

    (2) A life-sized zebra? A LIFE-SIZED ZEBRA?! A LIFE-SIZED ZEBRA!! I would be beside myself if someone gave me that gift. Until I realized that then I would have to find some place to keep it. At least you can pawn it off on the kids so people won’t think you are too weird?

    and

    (3) KEY WEST! I have tons of suggestions for you. It’s been 80+ degrees here and sunny every day all month, so you are about to get warmed up. You must go to Blue Heaven! And the Flaming Buoy! And Irish Kevin’s! And to the Dry Tortugas if you’re feeling adventurous! And, if you want a road trip, drive over to Bahia Honda Beach or to Islamorada to go kayaking to Indian Key (rent them from the Kayak Shack at Robbie’s) and then have afternoon drinks and dinner at Morada Bay.

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    • mistyslaws
      Mar 25, 2014 @ 11:51:44

      1. Agreed.
      2. It is currently residing in my youngest’s room . . . and taking up nearly half of his floor space.
      3. We do Blue Heaven every year and have been to Irish Kevin’s. We didn’t have time to check out the other places, but I will keep it in mind for our next (possibly 10 years from now!) trip.

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  18. Julie
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 23:58:24

    Are we twins? I just spent almost all of February in South Florida!! I went sailfishing. We are from Kansas City but my husband is from South Florida so we have friends’ houses to crash at. Maybe we passed each other!!

    Reply

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