Monday, March 13, 2006

Shoveling in a Winter Wonderland

So....was I the person who said "Spring has almost sprung" in Minnesota? Maybe that was a little premature.

I should have known life was going to get cold and white when I came down with a horrible case of the flu last night - chills so bad that I thought I was going to pull a muscle I was shivering so hard. There hasn't been a major snowstorm this season that wasn't immediately preceeded by me getting violently ill. That'd be fine if I could sit inside and rest and be miserable in peace, but there's just no getting around the fact that unless your organs are falling out, you have to go shovel so emergency services can at least reach you. It's problematic to be sweating before you even put your jacket on to go outside.

But, the driveway was shoveled, pending the big snowplow dump at the end of the drive, and I even went so far as to help Steve and Ty shovel a neighbor's driveway. Ty agreed to shovel for $10, perhaps not realizing that it might take several hours if the shovel is bigger than you are. The endorphins seemed to mitigate some of the illness, but it came back later, exacerbated by a diet of caffeinated coffee and red delicious apple.

Now I feel extremely silly for not biking to work on Friday, because it looks as through there won't be another chance for a while.

If you're worried about what Minnesota weather is up to in the long run, the Strib has an article predicting that by 2095 (via MNSpeak) we'll be just like southern Wisconsin is now, but it's by that liberal Union of Concerned Scientists, so I'd take it with a grain of salt. They're probably just trying to convince Wisconsinites (and everyone 200 miles south of the current blue state line) that liberalness is like the weather and moving their way, so in 2095 they'll be blue state.


She says said...

It's going to hit 85 here in DC today. A co-worker of mine flew in from MN today (she got stuck at the airport there because of the snow) and almost keeled over from the heat when she got off the plane.

Very odd weather. Almost freaky.

Anonymous said...

We had snow Sunday and frost today with a low in the low 20's. It may reach 55 today. What fun for Arizona. Mt Lemon got 9 inches of show further up north they got up to 40 inches. March in like a lion out like a lamb??? Sorry to hear you are under the weather. I am joining you. I think I have a touch of the flu also. Must be a family thing.