The snow is on it's way folks. Lots of it. The Fella and I stood in line last night at Home Depot with a shiny new shovel in hand. I don't know why we've never purchased a snow shovel until now. But we hadn't. We were in good company- apparently no one else had either.
Snow causes a little bit of a freak out in my part of the country. And I can't describe it any better than this article from http://www.richmond.com/.
Please read for a good laugh and I am sorry to tell you- it's sad but very true...
We who call Richmond home all-out lose our minds. In the case of this snow, it happens like this:
Tuesday morning: The word "accumulation" is used.
Tuesday afternoon: Accumulation confirmed. All weekend plans put on stand-by or out-right canceled.
Tuesday evening: First trip to supermarket for bread, milk, wine, beer and cookie dough.
Wednesday morning / afternoon: Calls around town for sleds begin (for the record, Richmond.com is one step ahead. No one has them; Pleasant's is expecting a shipment on Friday).
Wednesday evening: Local news does a story about the run on supermarkets for bread and milk. Second trip to supermarket for extra bread and milk, plus frozen pizzas and non-perishables, because you never know.
Thursday morning / afternoon: Spend workday obsessively checking the forecast. More calls for sleds. Search online for sleds, but decide against them because you can't believe how much sleds actually cost.
Thursday evening: Meet friends out for drinks or dinner because you never know when you'll get out again. Realize you forgot to buy bagels. How could you forget bagels? Third trip to supermarket.
Friday morning: Alternate staring out window for snow and consulting forecast for exact snow start time. Cancel the rest of weekend plans.
Friday afternoon: Weather.com reports that it is snowing in your area. Run to window. Spend at least one hour yelling at weather.com because it is clearly not snowing. Ask boss about company inclement weather policy. Complain about said policy. Wait an hour; ask boss if company is closing early.
Friday evening: Fourth trip to supermarket on the way home for last-minute necessities, like chocolate and fancy hot cocoa. Alternate staring out window and watching local news for exact snow start time. Watch the Closings scroll to see if your work is closed on Monday, because you never know.
Friday night: Snow finally begins. Call/text all of your friends and family to see if it's snowing in their area and to make sure they're OK in the storm. Update Facebook status to reflect snowfall in case you missed anyone. Order pizza so you don't have to break into rations too soon.
Saturday morning: Marvel at snowfall. Fling pets / children into the snow so they can marvel and so you have pictures for your Facebook page. (Or Blog in my case)
Saturday afternoon: Drive or trudge to nearest hill and attempt to sled on a cookie sheet/shower curtain/trashcan lid/pool float.
Saturday evening: Meet friends for out for drinks or dinner to celebrate snow.
Sunday: Eat leftover pizza and stare out window, watching snow melt. Obsessively watch Closings list. Feel happy when the county you once lived in announces closing and then sad because you never became a teacher and now you have to go out, clean off the car and then go to work tomorrow. Plus you've got all that bread and milk to eat.
Folks, I really can't say it better than that. But I assure you I am ready. Here's what I have accumulated over the week in anticipation-
1- Bread and milk. What? I was out.
2- Magazines left in my office bathroom. Southern Livings circa 1995. Only you guys understand how happy this can make you. We have an old magazine fairy in our building. Totally better than the tooth fairy as far as I am concerned.
3- Current magazines including new Romantic Homes color edition. I might have already peaked at it last night. I'm just saying.
4- Makings for chili....lasagna....potato soup...we won't starve. And no, none of those recipes require bread or milk. OK- the soup does. Maybe I should get more.
5- Previously mentioned snow shovel.
6- New Lady Antebellum CD. Heaven.
7- New blank notebooks, colored pencils and glue sticks. This involves magazines from #2.
8- The Fella. Once the cars pull in tonight we are not leaving until it is time for work on Monday.
9- Valentine Hershey kisses...for chocolate emergencies.
10- New knee socks from Target. The Fella claimed they were sexy. I thought he was serious- although he rarely is. Oh well, he will get over it.
This is what happens when it snows in Richmond, folks. Madness ensues.
Tell me, how's the weather in your neck of the woods?