Thursday, February 02, 2006

Careful What You Wish For

I had hoped for a snow day yesterday. Word was a nor'easter was to hit us and sure enough it did. And hit hard. I woke up, looked outside and knew the office would be closed, and if not, there was no way I would be able to make it in anyway. Yay, a snow day! A whole day to write and read!

Uh yeah...not so fast. You see, a snow day seems like a great idea in theory, but then slowly it sinks in that what all that snow means is endless hours of shoveling. Not reading, not writing, not plopping in front of a roaring fire and watching a good movie. Shoveling. Tossing huge lumps of heavy snow up onto banks twice my own height. Oh yes. What fun. It made sitting in my pod sound like a lazy day at the beach in comparison.

But alas, all was not lost. The snow stopped sometime mid-morning, although the high winds continued most of the day. But I thought if I got out early, I could still scrape a few hours in to enjoy for myself. A good plan. At least until I wrenched my back within the first five minutes. I trudged inside and popped some drugs, then had to wait until they took effect before I could head back out again. By the time they did, it was almost noon. The pile of snow at the end of my driveway was past my waist. It took a couple hours and by the time I finished and stumbled back inside about the only thing I could do was lay prone on the hard floor groaning in pain and cursing the fact that I didn't have a manservant to do these things for me. Or a masseuse to provide some pain relief when I was done.

So my plan of a fun snow day did not happen. I did manage to get some reading done while soaking in a hot tub trying to ease the pain in my back, but the drugs all but knocked me out and the rest of the day passed in a haze of extra strength Tylenol. This morning it's still sore, along with my shoulder. It's like someone took a sledgehammer to my entire right side. Thankfully, I have my chiropractor appointment at noon hour. Although the thought of sitting at a desk hunched over reports for the rest of the day is not going to be a whole lot of fun.

Needless to say, I'm more than ready for Spring.


Peggy said...

I woke up to the radio guy announcing the east received up to 50cm! Hope you're a winter person, Kelly! If we received that much snow, I'd hire one of those tractors I see my neighbours use.

Hope the back is feeling better.

Tess said...

Saw the pics on tv - oh my. Sorry to hear about your back and having to do the shovelling yourself. Hope you feel better soon!

We're expecting freezing rain and rain (10-15mm) here over the next day or so. I'm with you on the whole "Spring can come anytime" sentiment.

Erin said...

You need to get your Dad to buy you a snow blower...or to get himself a new one and let you have his old one. (I'm assuming your Dad has a snow blower - I can see him methodically clearing the snow, in nice, even rows...)

What's worse is that we're supposed to be getting a bunch of rain over the weekend.

So, did you have to take your Happy Blue Pills for your back?

Kelly said...

I had no happy blue pills, so I was out of luck there. And did I never tell you the story of Dad and his 45 degree angles when it came to shoveling? Either way, I have no where to store a snowblower. I do however have room to store a manservant/masseuse.

Erin said...

45 degree angle snow shoveling? I knew he was specific about the lawn mowing, so I guessed he'd be specific about the snow...but I don't know if you'd mentioned the specific angles.

And a lack of happy blue pills is never a good thing...

I'm guessing there are also no neighbours to help with the clearing, either, right?

Melissa Marsh said...

Oh, Kelly! I wish I could send my brother up your way - he has a snow blower (and he's single and really cute!) that he uses to clear off my driveway when my husband isn't around. We haven't had ANY snow this year and I miss it.

Hope your back gets to feeling better!!!

Kelly said...

I did have a neighbor two houses up who came down after I was halfway thru the worst of it. But he cleared up some of what was left until the belt of his snowblower broke. Just my luck!