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Posting challenge 5/15: A messy, messy week

This past week has been messy.

* Two feet of snow fell over the weekend. DC is not prepared for this amount of snow all at once. Everything shut down. The sidewalks are impassable. The trash and recycling have not been picked up for five days.

* Two days of school were canceled. My syllabi now need to be redrafted, grrr.

* The temperature has risen just enough to melt some of the snow...which now is freezing over as temps drop again, making the shoveled parts of the sidewalk just as impassable as the unshoveled.

*sigh* I live in an apartment building (no need to shovel) on a major street (which was plowed almost immediately) with frequent bus service (one of the first lines restored to service) and don't own a car (no need to need to dig it out or worry about re-parking it), so I have nothing to complain about, really. Why am I so cranky? I think it's because I was lulled into complacency by December, which was so lovely and mild it almost fooled me into thinking winter was easy.

Hope you're all doing well out there! Apologies for comments still owed--my computer finally died last week, and it's taken me quite a while to get back online again. I still owe you cookie party pictures! That will be a happier post.

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cranky__crocus
Jan. 28th, 2016 07:12 am (UTC)
Ah, yes, it does seem these days that snow season is simply delayed. Which is a pity as it means I don't get snow when I want it and get an overabundance when I don't.

*Sighs, too tired at the thought to bother shaking a fist at the weather, which never accomplishes much in New England anyway.*
magnetic_pole
Jan. 29th, 2016 04:39 am (UTC)
Is it that winter's delayed? I didn't think about it that way, but you might be right. I usually keep track of the snow fall in my calendar, and we haven't had October or November snows at all in recent memory. January, though...

Love your icon, K. M.
minervas_eule
Jan. 28th, 2016 11:38 am (UTC)
If the snow first starts to melt and then it freezes again, that is really a most unfortunate mess to get around on. And melting snow in a city looks so dirty and just awful *sigh*.
magnetic_pole
Jan. 29th, 2016 04:42 am (UTC)
The refreezing is just awful, isn't it? I've been walking in the street rather than on the sidewalk after two very close calls these past few days. (My whole body aches from the wrench of trying to say upright.) Am I less steady on my feet than I used to be? In any case, I can see how folks break a bone out there. I worry about the older folks in the neighborhood. M.
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magnetic_pole
Jan. 29th, 2016 04:45 am (UTC)
The trash is a problem at so many levels. The poor folks at the trash company can't complete their routes and are probably going to need to do overtime this weekend to catch up. The janitorial staff in my building (I'm in a big apartment building) can't do any thing with the trash the residents have thrown away and are also facing a big push next week. And residents are dealing with the return of the mice we were trying to get rid of earlier. *sigh*

I like the idea of snow spikes!

And you're probably right about the cold weather being good for certain things, mosquito control among them. (No worries on the payroll front; all is well there.) M.
shadowycat
Jan. 28th, 2016 02:34 pm (UTC)
Weather is becoming a bit less predictable, I think. We've had quite a mild winter here this year. Last year we were slammed with snow. Personally, I prefer something in between, but alas, Mother Nature hasn't consulted me. Hopefully DC will get dug out soon and things will get back to normal for you. Uncertain and sudden changes in routine can make anyone cranky!
magnetic_pole
Jan. 29th, 2016 04:47 am (UTC)
You're right about it becoming less predictable (and Kiwi mentioned above that she thinks our snow season's moving later in the year). Global warming is really frightening.

May your winter say relatively mild, with just enough snow to keep things magical! M.
katmarajade
Jan. 28th, 2016 03:52 pm (UTC)
It's interesting, because Minnesota is totally prepared for that sort of storm. They'd be all over it, and honestly, it would barely slow us down. And yet it's been you lot out East getting all the big snows these past few years! We haven't gotten a multiple foot snow drop (at once) in nearly five years now. It's very confusing!

Ugh, that melting and refreezing bit is the worst! Hope your sidewalks are safe and passable again soon!

magnetic_pole
Jan. 29th, 2016 04:51 am (UTC)
My teaching assistant went to school in Chicago, and that's what she said, too--places with Serious Winter really know how to handle the snow. She never once missed a day of classes due to the weather. DC's unprepared...and yet we seem to get in this situation once a year or so, which means it's not really that out-of-the-usual.

No multiple-foot snowfalls! That really surprises me.

Thanks for the kind words on the sidewalks! I shouldn't be so cranky, but I'm coming off a near-disaster earlier this week and feeling like the sidewalks are out to get me.
:( M.
lash_larue
Jan. 28th, 2016 04:15 pm (UTC)
Do be wary of bare spots, I think I still have some bruises from the last ice storm here. I also fully expect one in March, as the "winter" here has been very mild even for here.

I have a relative in DC. She is not happy either.

Stay warm and stay safe.

L
magnetic_pole
Jan. 29th, 2016 04:54 am (UTC)
I'm walking so slowly, Lash. Argh.

Did you see Kiwi saying above that she thought winters were shifting later? The more I think about it, the more I think she's right. It's so hard to tell when its a freak storm and when climate patterns are really changing.

Things are much better by today, thank goodness. Snow emergency folks deserve triple overtime and the key to the city. Thanks, L! M.
patricia_writes
Jan. 29th, 2016 03:20 am (UTC)

Oh my goodness, but one of the banes of my existence is having to redraft a syllabus because of weather. I am always freaking completely out because there is so much I want teo tell them, and I had it all planned out, and now, ugh, I have to delete or shorten something dear to me! I feel for you on that one. Here's to warmer weather this weekend!!

magnetic_pole
Jan. 29th, 2016 04:57 am (UTC)
You, too? I'm trying to play it cool and admit it's okay to let things go sometimes (it's a snow emergency, right?), but it's hard. :) Actually, the students were saying today that one day off was fine, but they were ready to get back to classes again. It's only our second week, and they're feeling behind.

Hope you're having a less eventful winter and a good start to the semester! M.
islandsmoke
Jan. 29th, 2016 04:35 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of you during that storm - which completely missed us up here. Glad you're ok - it sounds as though you're situated well to deal.

Ice is the worse - yaktraxs, spikes, I have both and use for different types of footing, 'cause the Doggins must have his walks! (Which is a good thing or I'd never get off my butt, but it can be... less than pleasant... in winter.)

I agree that winter seems to be coming on later. We had a very mild December, and January has been nothing to speak of. Barely 8" snow total so far. Last year, we got over EIGHT FEET of snow in the four weeks of February. I DO NOT want that again, but I doubt Mother Nature cares about my wants.

Do you follow OLSB Recipes? (Old Lady Smut Brigade) therealsnape just posted a recipe for pumpkin risotto that sounds perfect for winter weather.
gentlespirit
Jan. 29th, 2016 08:26 pm (UTC)
* The temperature has risen just enough to melt some of the snow...which now is freezing over as temps drop again, making the shoveled parts of the sidewalk just as impassable as the unshoveled. That is THE WORST! No where is safe to step! I hope it all melts soon and you can walk again!
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