Happy Monday! I can honestly say that this time around, I am actually happy for the weekend to be over. It was an adventure, to say the least.
On Thursday, I dropped Mary off at her childcare and headed to Traverse City a bit before work. It had started to snow and one of the perks of working at a gym is free membership. So I got a quick 7 miles in on the treadmill and then headed over to Lowe’s for sandbags. We were predicted to get up to 14 inches and I wanted to make sure my evening commute wasn’t too treacherous.
If you recall a few weeks ago, I drove home after work in a scary winter storm. We got 11 inches that night and I was pretty certain that this couldn’t possibly be a repeat of that event.
When I left work, the snow wasn’t too horrible but the roads were covered in ice. I drove 15 mph most of the way and saw multiple accidents along my slippery commute.
The snow set in that night as I once again got my car stuck in the driveway (sorry Rock). I woke up to a winter wonderland. The plows were no where to be found and schools were closed. We were stuck inside! I had to call into work and let them know I wouldn’t be able to make it. To be honest, I was happy to avoid driving in that mess again. The previous night had been rather scary.
We snow blowed the driveway but it wasn’t until after 1:00pm that the plows finally made it to our road. By then Mary was down for her nap and the driveway was full again. To avoid waking her up, I shoveled our entire driveway and walkways. I couldn’t believe it only took me an hour and a half. Later, we made it out to get groceries. That was the extent of our adventures.
Weather reports showed that we didn’t get the predicted 14 inches. Instead we were nailed with 22 inches of fluff!
By Saturday I was getting stir crazy and Mary had woken up not feeling like herself. After another plowing of the driveway, we made it to my parents where I was able to ride their stationary bike for an hour and a half while the little one napped. After feeling like I was trapped inside for days, it felt great to break a sweat.
Meanwhile, Miss Mary started to come down with a hefty bug and we found ourselves at Urgent Care later that night with an ear infection. My little girl is just like her parents, she doesn’t sit still very well. So when she only wants to be held and can’t stop crying, we know something isn’t right.
She ended up sleeping most of the night with us and woke up a little bit better. We ended up back at my parents for another epic stationary bike ride. Let me be real honest and say that as a runner, the stationary bike doesn’t really do much for me. I just don’t feel like I can get the sweat I do when I am running. But it felt great to move a bit and I am forever grateful to my parents for letting us crash for a few hours so I can sweat out my cabin fever.
We headed back home where Mary and I laid on the couch all afternoon watching cooking shows on PBS. I love that she enjoys Martha Stewart and Julia Child as much as her mom does. Having a sick little girl was a lesson in learning to relax for me. I often feel guilty if I lay down or am not doing something, especially with the holidays approaching. But our little girl was a great excuse to just sit back and snuggle the day away.
Fingers are crossed that it finally stops snowing sometime soon. We have been on a storm warning since Thursday evening and it hasn’t stopped yet.
In the meantime, the moral of this story is…..we seriously need a treadmill! We are officially in winter in Northern Michigan and it isn’t even truly winter yet!
How was your weekend? Did you receive some epic snow?