The first line of the winter storm should be hitting us within the hour; according to the doppler the edge of it is just coming into Chapel Hill now. I still get excited as a child for a Major Weather Event (other than heat waves and cold waves, which are merely uncomfortable rather than dramatic); in a place where 20mph is considered “windy” we don’t have too many of them. Of course my commute is the same rain or shine, and after a month of tag-team colds and sinus infections, I’ve had plenty of sofa-lounging time in recent weeks. But as a result of that, I’m also behind on house cleaning and holiday preparations. So I’m declaring today a snow day for me.
The weekend before Christmas is good a time as any for some weather-dictated stay-at-home time. The tree is up but not decorated; butter is defrosting for cookie baking; there are presents to be wrapped. I haven’t even put all the groceries away from last night. I even picked up a few logs in case the power knocks out the heat. As long as the power doesn’t fail while cookies are in the oven, and the outage doesn’t last more than a night, I’m OK with it. I don’t need a repeat of the eight days without power we had in 2002. Although a few hours with a roaring fire, candlelight, snow falling and quality time with my sweetie doesn’t sound too bad either.
UPDATE: A completely underwhelming weather event. Other than a brief flurry, the snow didn’t start until 5pm, then turned to sleet within a few hours. There’s a dusting of snow on the grass but it looks like the storm was saving its wrath to dump on DC and NY. Have a snowball fight for me, y’all!