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random musings of a crazy cat lady

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Snow musings

When I was in grad school, I loved the snow.  It was the most magical thing and it made me immeasurably happy.
There are several caveats to note.  I was young and healthy and did not have bum knees or wrists.  Also, I lived on campus in a dorm, so I didn't have to shovel it, and I did not have a car, so I did not have to drive in it either.  I could frolic in it as I chose, on my way to and from the lab, restaurant or bar. 
At age 46, I still love the snow.   Unfortunately, now I have a car,* and a steep driveway, and a hilly commute to work, and I am boring and middle aged.   It's easy to get caught up in the negative aspects and grumble.  I got caught in yet another snow squall* tonight.  I looked out of my office and there was nothing.  Then I packed up my bag, locked the lab and left.  By the time I got outside it was dumping and the ground was completely covered.  It was absolutely wonderful.  Unfortunately, practical me was worried about getting home before it got worse, so that's what I did.  I regret that, though.  I wish I had recaptured the magic and just walked around and enjoyed it.

* The Subaru + snow tires does really well in the snow.  I love it.  However, it's still my beautiful new car and I am extra paranoid about other drivers.

**We've had a lot of snow squalls this year, usually when I am driving to and from work.  They're pretty intense and dump a lot of snow in a short amount of time (10-30 minutes), and then it stops.