When I lived in California, I didn’t really give much thought to the weather. I’d look out the window in the morning and dress accordingly. Sometimes, I’d grab an umbrella.

Now, I’m obsessed with the weather. I check the weather every day, multiple times. I check the 10 day forecast and the hourly. I can’t stop myself. I am not sure if it’s a reflection of my age (because, you know, old people and weather) or that I now live someplace where atmospheric conditions greatly impact my daily doings. Let’s go with the latter. I need to know the timing of storms. I need to know when I can take my dogs out, when I should avoid the roads, and when school might dismiss early or start late. I need to be weather savvy. It’s a requirement now.

This is my 5th year on the East Coast and I am tired of experiencing all of the weather-things that happen here. The first month of our inaugural winter in New Jersey was the snowiest in 62 years. When the first storm in December dumped two feet of snow, we didn’t even own a shovel (true). That much snow doesn’t jive well with a native Californian.

But snow hasn’t been the only issue. After that first harsh winter, I only had to wait 5 months before experiencing a hurricane. We were on vacation but Irene didn’t care. She gave us the gift of 3 feet of water in our beautiful finished basement because that’s what happens when you lose power for 2 days and the sump pumps fail during a hurricane. Two months later, a freak October nor’easter toppled trees and sent branches flying, damaging our car and taking out our power for 8 days in the freezing cold. By the time Superstorm Sandy rolled around the following year, we had wised up and put in a whole house generator. Sandy wreaked havoc in our neighborhood, taking hundreds of trees down, some on top of houses, resulting in no electricity for a full 14 days, every day of which we thanked our generator.  Then, just when I was finally thinking  I couldn’t possibly experience any new weather-thing, last winter brought the Polar Vortex and an entirely new level of cold. Can Mother Nature just cut it out already? I long for California weather and letting go of my crazy weather-checking persona.

But instead we moved to the greater Boston area this past summer. And so, with the snow again. It’s been blizzarding since last night and it’s not going to stop any time soon. We have at least two feet of snow so far, as best as I can tell, with the wind creating drifts much taller than that. I already spent an hour in the 16°F (-4°F windchill) digging out a reasonably large area for the dogs to potty because dogs like choices and I’m a good dog mom. And I’ll have to go back out there in a few hours to “refresh” it. In the meantime, I think I’ll hunker down and read the yeah write nonfiction and fiction|poetry challenge grids. Or maybe I’ll write some fiction myself.

But first, I’m going to re-check the weather forecast to see if there’s any update as to when all of this blizzarding might finally stop.


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17 Responses to “Weather-Things”

  1. ChristieJanuary 27, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    Weather. It’s why I don’t have a basement and never will. Be strong!

    • StacieJanuary 27, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

      You are braver than I am. Not because of the basement but because midwest!

  2. alisa/icescreammamaJanuary 27, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

    I love weather (hate the cold!!). Even knowing that they are wrong more often than not. I insist on watching it and crushing on my weather men for some very odd reason. Loved me some Dave Price back in the day and Mike Woods now and even Audrey Fuentes is pretty hot. Haha!

    • StacieJanuary 28, 2015 at 10:37 am #

      The cold is so hard for me. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it.

  3. William DameronJanuary 28, 2015 at 5:24 am #

    One of these days, when the weather is nice, you and I are going to get together and make a toast (in Boston) to California! Stay safe and stay warm, my friend.

    • StacieJanuary 28, 2015 at 10:38 am #

      Yes! You stay safe and warm too, Bill! Another nor’easter Monday, ugh!

  4. Michelle LongoJanuary 28, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    Yes, you totally have to keep checking to see if you need to run errands now or later or know if school will get out early, etc. Nothing can be planned this time of year. And the cold is just ridiculous. I know it’s much colder in other areas but I can’t take it anymore. We have got to get out of here.

    • StacieJanuary 28, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

      I know. I feel like a crazy person sometimes, with all of my weather checking. California dreaming…

  5. Shailaja/ The Moving QuillJanuary 29, 2015 at 3:02 am #

    My cousin in Boston sent us pictures of the frozen lake and the feet of snow all around and I could just gawk at the intensity of the cold. I feel for you, I really do. Doesn’t look like you’re meant to be an East coast person, does it?

    • StacieJanuary 29, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

      There was so much snow! I am still a west coast person as far as my preference for the weather!

  6. JackJanuary 29, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    I was in Morristown a couple of weeks ago for a family event. My niece and nephews thought I was the cool California uncle who wore shorts in the hotel because I didn’t care about the ice and rain outside.

    I didn’t tell them that it was ^%Y#%GT cold. I just went about my business and was grateful I don’t live there year round, especially ‘cuz driving on 10 makes me crazy.

    I hate jughandles and not being able to make a proper left.

    • StacieJanuary 29, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

      I can’t believe you were in shorts! I don’t miss the NJ jug handles. Here, I have rotaries instead! A different kind of fun 😉

  7. SilverleafJanuary 29, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

    Aw, you really are getting pummeled, Stacie. I can only imagine how hard it must be to deal with the neverendingness of the weather situation. If layering up and going skating/skiing just isn’t in the cards, then hunkering down is definitely the only thing to do. With coffee and buckets of David’s Tea and wine. Oh, and chocolate.

    • StacieJanuary 29, 2015 at 5:59 pm #

      Yes. The problem is, I don’t have a degree in getting pummeled. But all of those beverages and the chocolate sound nice!

  8. Cyn KJanuary 29, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

    So glad I don’t have to clear a potty area for Roscoe. He LOVES the snow. Makes him seem like a pup. Of course, I can’t trust him off leash, so he doesn’t get to jump through the drifts as much as he would like. But when it is really cold? Even he hates going outside then.

  9. soapieJanuary 29, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

    ohh… sounds like we’re neighbors. =) yesterday morning on my way to work, all i saw were spewing pieces of snow flying into the air from everyone on their driveways snowblowing… it was an entertaining site. =)

    hope things are thawing on your end! although i hear we’re supposed to get more snow in the next few days.. -____-

  10. That Unique* WeblogJanuary 29, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

    And to think if you had stayed in NJ, it would have been two feet less…this time.

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