Polar Vortex Days

Happy Polar Vortex days! Otherwise known as snow days around here. Nothing like being a shut-in for days and days with my Beau and pup!

After a low-key couple weeks full of days off, work from home and general laziness, I was more than ready to brave the record low temps and ice coated roads to get a little time in at the office. Most of the Metro Detroit region seemed to take the snow day yesterday, but today it was back to the grind for many of us, despite the dangerously low temps.

My eyes are cold. Image by Ready Set Sarah
My eyes are cold. It’s warmed up to -2! Image by Ready Set Sarah

I was born in northern New Hampshire, but never in my adult memory do I recall feeling this level of cold. It’s cold enough to make your eyes sting like pin pricks just walking to the car. This photo round-up pretty much describes what we are going through- http://mashable.com/2014/01/07/polar-vortex-photos/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link

I’ve read that at temperatures this cold (below – 10 degrees at times and wind chills of as low as -40), the salt we usually use to melt the ice on the roads isn’t as effective. That helps explain the slow motion sliding-to-a-stop I experienced all the way to work.

Even though it’s annoying to have to take 10 minutes bundling and layering just to go outside, even though I miss walking around outside, even though I MISS MEXICO….there are a few things I love about a real, snowy, frigid winter:

1) Dressing up our fur baby and watching her frolic in the deep snow

2) Seeing the way the landscape changes after the snow fall and wind.

Snow drift. Image by Ready Set Sarah

3) The stillness and quiet in the middle of the storm. Snowstorms are a silent, beautiful thing.

4) Basking in the warmth of home, safe and cozy, watching the snow float outside.

5) Binge watching TV series, reading and playing online without feeling guilty!

6) Getting to say “Polar Vortex” in everyday conversation like we’re in a sci-fi action flick (This whole list was just so I could say it again).