Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Dispatches From the Great Blizzard of 2015

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Well, the blizzard that wasn’t was a bit of a bust here in NYC. And since the city virtually shut down, with subways, bridges and tunnels closed, and a driving ban in place from 11 last night until this morning, we got all the inconvenience and none of the excitement. At least, in my household anyway. Most people get a snow day, including Jackson’s babysitter who usually watches him Tuesday mornings, but Drew works for the Today Show and the show must go on, so they put him up in a hotel near work last night so he’d be able to get in this morning. Which means, Jackson and I have been on our own today. Alllllll day. Actually, it hasn’t been nearly as challenging as I originally thought it would be mostly because instead of getting three feet of snow, we got about three inches so we haven’t been stranded like I imagined we would be. We had a playdate at our friends’ place this morning and later, we’re going to build some snowmen, make snow angels, and maybe do some sledding.

Anyway, a few thoughts of this great blizzard of 2015:

– I went to the grocery store yesterday not necessarily to stock up for the whole day I might not be able to get to the store, but to buy ingredients for dinner last night. The bread aisle was completely decimated. It was also the busiest I had ever seen our neighborhood supermarket on a Monday morning. People were frantic. Absolutely frantic. I wanted to say, “You know, bodegas on every corner will probably be open tomorrow, right? Like, if you really need a can of Pringles, chances are, you won’t have any problem getting one. Also, even if everything is completely closed on Tuesday, it will just be for 24 hours, max. We’re not talking about being stranded at home with no food delivery for weeks. You’ll be able to Seamless your lunch by Wednesday at the latest, everyone, chill.”

– All of you who live on the West Coast or some place warm who are posting your pics of your glorious weather with captions expressing “sympathy” to those of us less fortunate: stop it. Look, some of us actually like seasons. Some of us dig the snow and winter-related activities. Some people even get excited by a blizzard! It’s cozy to snuggle up under blankets with our peeps and our pets and a cup of hot chocolate, watching movies and watching the snow come down hard (especially when you don’t have to drive in it or shovel it or really clean it up in any way). Plus: snow day, bitches. You think all the public school teachers who get a paid day off today give a shit about your beautiful sunset over the beach in Santa Monica. Well, ok, that does sound kind of nice, actually. A temp of 75 degrees and a walk on the beach? Yeah, I guess I could get into that.

Snow day check-in: Who’s got a day off today because of the great blizzard of 2015 (whether it was actually a blizzard where you live or more like a lot of hoopla over a bit of snow)? How are you spending your free day off?

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  • honeybeenicki

    honeybeenicki January 27, 2015, 1:26 pm

    Personally I was just enjoying reading all of the “blizzard buddy” Craiglist postings from that area. Some got REALLY racy. Fantastic. Living in WI we only have 2 seasons (winter and road construction) but our winter has been surprisingly mild. I think our total snowfall (at least where I am in WI, up north is much worse) has been like 6 or 7 inches. That’s absurd. But its a-ok with me. I hate snow and winter and cold. But I do love snow days. Unfortunately I work for the government so we’ll get 18 inches of snow and they’ll be like “ok, all government buildings are closed to the public…. BUT if you work here, you still have to come in (or burn a vacation day to stay home.”

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      Sunshine Brite January 27, 2015, 1:48 pm

      Agreed, not too much going on here in MN at all for snow. It’s been pretty nice overall. A weekend or two ago I even ditched the coat for a heavy sweatshirt and I’m a pansy when it comes to the cold. Mr. Ginger works for a school and he’s so mad, he’s like there’ s snow days built in and I don’t get them back, where’s our snow?!?

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      • honeybeenicki

        honeybeenicki January 27, 2015, 2:59 pm

        I’m the same way. I’m a huge weenie when it comes to cold weather, but a few weeks ago it was in the 40s and 50s and that was crazy. We’ve had a few “snow days” in our area due to extreme wind chills over like 2 days, but it wasn’t all of the schools.

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        Sunshine Brite January 27, 2015, 3:47 pm

        It was like that around here too but almost every school district surrounding his had an extreme cold day but not his, it was absurd. Especially when we saw some kid walking home after school when we went too do some house stuff.

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    Kate January 27, 2015, 1:35 pm

    It is a blizzard in Boston and everyone is home… Driving ban. It’s nice to have a snow day, and our maintenance guys are out snow blowing, and my car is in the garage, and we have plenty of food… But I really hate winter.

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  • mandalee

    mandalee January 27, 2015, 1:37 pm

    We weren’t as lucky as NYC up here near Boston. Last measurement in our yard was 30 inches in some places and still lightly snowing. I think I need to make an appointment with a chiropractor after all the shoveling/snow blowing that took place today lol. Thankfully, I had off of school/work since noon yesterday until sometime tomorrow afternoon, so lots of time to drink some spiked hot chocolate and catch up some homework and movies. As long as this isn’t he first of a bunch of big snowstorms, I don’t mind get all cozy and being snowed in for the day.

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  • Moneypenny

    Moneypenny January 27, 2015, 2:07 pm

    To be honest I wish I lived where there are more seasons! Glad you’re enjoying your snow day!

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  • TaraMonster

    TaraMonster January 27, 2015, 2:25 pm

    When I told my coworkers yesterday that I hadn’t gone shopping for the storm (because I have a day’s worth of food at home; my pantry didn’t magically empty itself because snow was imminent), they were like WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? THE LINE JUST TO GET INTO TRADER JOES IS LIKE 40 MINUTES!!!! I was like a. relaaaaax and b. I’m not going grocery shopping in Manhattan anyway because I live in Queens. Where, as it turns out, the grocery store was not that packed and there was still plenty of food left. New Yorkers sleep on my borough, but Queens is where it’s at. 🙂

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  • Lyra

    Lyra January 27, 2015, 2:28 pm

    Minnesota has been having unseasonably high temps recently. Like it was 40 degrees yesterday. When we’re used to -20 windchills, it basically feels like spring. And I’m ok with that because I like warmer weather…but at the same time I also absolutely adore being trapped in my apartment and watching a blizzard. I’m kind of amazed at how many people DID freak out — I have some friends who live on the east coast and they were going nuts. Like…haven’t you experienced snow before??

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    shakeourtree January 27, 2015, 2:48 pm

    The town I grew up in is actually nicknamed the city of four seasons. I’d settle for three. I’m dreading our annual snowpocalypse. It usually snows here about once or twice a year, and everyone freaks out. I just get angry because the snow keeps me from getting where I need to go–I’m a Southerner, and I know that about myself, so I avoid driving in the snow at all costs–and I do NOT like being trapped.

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray January 27, 2015, 2:51 pm

    Well, better safe than sorry, right? That’s cool Drew got put up at a hotel. Could you and Jackson have gone just for a mini vacation? Or maybe lugging a toddler (and all the gear) to a hotel for one night is not so vacation-line.
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    We’ve had a really mild winter in Chicago. I could use a blizzard. The last blizzard we had I prepared for it by buying cross country skis. And then the morning after the blizzard I went on a nice cruise down Michigan Ave. with my skis. I wasn’t the only one with the brilliant idea – there were already ski tracks in the road. It’s been, what, 4 years since that blizzard? We’re due for another one. I also have some snow shoes that I want to bust out. Plus, Moose LOVES the snow.
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    In other news, I have decided I need all new furniture in my living room. Anyone know where you can find Room and Board-type furniture for IKEA prices? Ok, go!

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    • cmary

      cmary January 28, 2015, 9:22 am

      You should look at The Dump in Oakbrook. I desperately want to go shopping there – fancy things at discount prices! Yay!

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      MsMisery January 29, 2015, 1:54 pm

      I am not a fan of blizzards because in my suburb we like to lose power. Usually a few times a year for no reason whatsoever, but ESPECIALLY during bad weather. It flickered during that crazy blizzard a few years ago, and a few summers back we lost it for 3 days after an F1 tornado hit my ‘hood. I would not relish being w/o electricity in the winter.

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    TheRascal January 27, 2015, 2:51 pm

    I think in the wake of Sandy, NYC kind of had to freak out about Juno…
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    I’ve now been in NYC for multiple blizzards and they suck. Absolutely suck. Where I live (deep into Brooklyn), not only is my subway outside, it is in a ditch. So when there is more than a foot or so of snow, they HAVE to shut down my train because the plowtrains have literally nowhere to push the snow.
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    Thankfully, the grocery store wasn’t crazy here. I just did my regular weekly shop and it was fine. And, my company closed early on Monday and is completely closed today. Spent the morning reading a book, then went to the park in full snow gear with Mr. Rascal for a nice, long walk!

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  • othy

    othy January 27, 2015, 3:10 pm

    What I wouldn’t give for a good blizzard and snow day. We’ve been spring like lately, but our inversion/pollution levels have been through the roof. We really need the snow to clear it out, but we haven’t had a good snowstorm since Christmas, and that was only 2-3 inches. And our poor mountains/ski resorts/water levels for next year have been really lacking.

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  • FireStar

    FireStar January 27, 2015, 3:52 pm

    No real blizzards this year for us either…I love the seasons but I just wish winter would last one month and it snow over Christmas and maybe one blizzard on a weekend in January and then that’s it. We have a huge wood burning fireplace that I love but I feel I can only burn when the weather outside is frightful… Right now I just want really good and deep snowfall so I can fling the baby in a snow suit and unleash her in the yard and then come inside to a warm fire and some cocoa. And we probably have enough food in our house to last at least a month at any given time so we never even bother going to the store for an upcoming storm.

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      Dear Wendy January 27, 2015, 4:11 pm

      Ooh, would love a wood burning fireplace! And, I agree — winter would be much more enjoyable if it was about 4-6 weeks and included a snowstorm over Christmas and one more over a convenient two-day period in January. By February, I’m just really, really over it. It’s especially challenging with kids in the city. Like, tomorrow I have to get Jackson to preschool, which is a mile away and I’m just hoping the sidewalks are clear all the way there to push his stroller. We could take a bus, but I always hate waiting in the cold for it to come, sometimes up to 15 minutes. Wah, wah. Is it spring yet?

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    RedroverRedrover January 27, 2015, 4:34 pm

    The last really big blizzard I remember was about 15 years ago. At that time I walked to work, and I had to go over a bridge. Well, when they plowed the street, there was nowhere to pile the snow but onto the sidewalks of the bridge. Oh my god. I had to walk to work the next day, and the snow on the bridge was piled higher than my waist. It was crazy. And everyone else from my team had been put up in a nearby hotel, and they all partied and drank themselves silly and came in hungover, and I wasn’t allowed to go because I wasn’t driving, so I could just walk home. 🙁 Still pissed about that.

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  • findingtheearth

    findingtheearth January 27, 2015, 4:43 pm

    We got snow about a month ago that was 2 feet over about 24 hours. I just had to shovel some more. Wasn’t too bad. But I don’t live in a metropolitan place. I have also lived in Montana my whole life and have never had a snow day. Once in highschool, they sent the country kids home at lunch because the temps with the windchill were -90.

    I am glad most people were okay. Blizzards are always kind of scary, but the snuggles and family time are nice.

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  • muchachaenlaventana

    muchachaenlaventana January 27, 2015, 5:19 pm

    We have had no snow this winter and I am actually super bummed about it. It normally doesn’t snow a ton although last year we did get a bit and a few really big snowstorms which were fun to be snowed in. I just love being snowed in, watching the blizzard, getting drunk and listening to good music, cooking good food. Its just a blast! If it is going to be cold, I want it to be cold and at least snowy…for like a month ha. Like @Firestar said above my ideal winter would be the same.

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    aurorealis January 27, 2015, 5:47 pm

    I’m in Jersey and we got about a foot overall. In anticipation of getting the cars out my roommate and I got up at 3am (!) to shovel. Turned out it didn’t matter because maybe another 2 inches fell after that. It was so windy and it made it seem like it was more snowfall than it actually was.
    I got a new job in October as a personal assistant (yay!) which means I woke remotely most of the time, but tomorrow I’ll be running around like a crazy person since so much was closed today.
    I also love having seasons but agree with Wendy, by February I am sooo done with winter.

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  • LadyinPurpleNotRed

    LadyinPurpleNotRed January 27, 2015, 6:10 pm

    Living in FL, I’m lustfully watching the storm. My friends and family are all sending me pictures and I have SUCH envy! I miss snow days and all they entail, especially because I’m sick and that would help make me feel better. Oh well. In a few years we’ll move and I’ll get my snow and winter back!

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    Sue Jones January 27, 2015, 9:54 pm

    The week I was back east for the holidays, it was 45 degrees and here at home in Colorado it was -15 F!!! But right now we are having very unseasonal warm January weather in the 70’s. Last week I drove up into the cold snowy mountains and went skiing. Today I went hiking (Tues is my day “off”) in a tank top and yoga pants. But we also have fires, floods and tornadoes and blizzards and crazy high winds where I live, and pretty lethal thunderstorms. And the worst thing about where I live is all of the Trustifarians. stayoutofmynamastespace.com/

    BTW, we haven’t had a snow day in years since we got the Superintendent from Montana, though we did have several flood days when the Big One hit September last year.

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