October 25, 2005

Obligatory snow hate entry

As recently noted, the disfunctional bowels of heaven have dumped a layer of the damp, white wet and nasty stuff on us in southwestern Pa. during the prematurely wintered days of October.

I am trying desperately not to hate this, and I'm not entirely failing.

It's the clothes I'm taking comfort in. I was decked out in a brown leather jacket I've been stowing away, along with a wool scarf my mom snagged for me in Ireland and some striped wool gloves.

I was hot, but in a good way. :) That's half the battle. But there's more, and it's not all good.

My car was covered with the white-out-inspired muck. Digging out the scraper from my car's cavernous trunk was something to behold, I'm sure.

Neighbor: "Hurry up, hurry up. Look, this girl's about to fall into her trunk and lock herself in. Come on, come on, fall in....Dang it, she got out.

Oh look, look, she's scraping the bottom of her car first, hahaha it's going to take her -forever- to get out of there."

So, okay, I probably don't have Stewie living next door, but I must have been a sight, wielding my scraper like I'd never picked one up before. What a mess.

Driving was fine. It's like rain. I don't get freaked out unless I have bad tires.

However, when I returned home I had to do the whole "fire dance" thing. It's all part of the heating dilemma inspired by rising fuel prices. We have a woodburner and a natural gas heater. Because gas is rising, we have decided to go with our tree eater more this year.
Should I let the fire die out and get cold or build up the fire and get warm or raise the temperature on the thermostat and make everyone angry? Pacing, pacing. To burn or not to burn? That is the question.

I go with the woodburner.

What are the implications of this decision?

My room is cold. The burner is on the first floor of the house and only warms two rooms sufficiently and the natural gas thermostat is in the living room, which picks up the heat from the burner and never kicks on because it thinks the entire house is as toasty as those two rooms. Sucks to be me, the second floor wind-side resident.

I have splinters and...possible Tetanus? No, probably not, but my dad chopped up something this past summer that had nails in it, and instead of taking the nails out, he will just shovel them out of the ashes when the wood is done heating the miniscule portion of the house. I'm just bitter.

So, anyway, we carry this nail-infested wood into the house, over lawn equipment stowed away under the house, and through several swinging doors. Call me crazy, but I'm afraid of rusty nails. This wood packing jungle gym is just not safe.

I've been thinking of starting a pulley system or something from the ground to the porch, so we don't have to negotiate the ice-covered staircase with nails sticking out inches from our faces.

It's rough, this winter thing. Sure, it's pretty or whatever.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at October 25, 2005 9:36 PM | TrackBack

The best thing about the first snow is reading everyone's anti/pro snow arguments. It could be Mother Nature's most controversial decision yet!

Posted by: Mike Rubino at October 25, 2005 10:22 PM

Oh, she likes this disdain--the blasted wench. :-)

Posted by: Amanda at October 25, 2005 10:37 PM

I'm a snow-hater.

I don't miss the climate in Wisconsin. Or Toronto.

Did I mention I hate snow?

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 25, 2005 10:54 PM

I understand Amanda. I had to get the first load of wood this morning. I almost died four times going up and down those wooden steps. Oh well, at least we have power.

Posted by: Katie at October 25, 2005 11:08 PM

Oh sad face. Can't anyone see how nice it is that it snows? Sheesh.

Posted by: Karissa at October 26, 2005 8:09 AM

I agree with Karissa on this one.

Long live snow!

Posted by: ChrisU at October 26, 2005 12:21 PM

Oh lord no. I want my desert back, thankyouverymuch. Dr. Jerz, we need to get together and chant incantations to drive away this weather. O lordy I hate snow.

Posted by: Neha at October 27, 2005 1:47 PM

I can't wait to see the snow! Although I fear that snow in Maine will make me hate snow.

Posted by: Holly at October 29, 2005 6:28 AM

I am able to relate with Dennis about snow and harsh Wisconsin winters. One of the factors figuring into my decision to attend Texas A&M for graduate school was knowing down here, there is no winter, only cold fronts. However, I have my Superman leather jacket hanging in my closet, just in case.

Posted by: Bobby Kuechenmeister at October 31, 2005 1:35 AM

You can never go wrong with an extra coat or two...and an electric blanket.

Posted by: Amanda at October 31, 2005 12:45 PM

Oh Amanda I am so glad you have started blogging again, I laughed so hard at your job. we have finally gotten some cool weather, I am glad my little boy chopped some wood for you.we have our windows open but are expecting to have thunder and lightening for Halloween tonight, Out goes our electric,laast time itr was 5 days but it was so hot then we used paper plates for fans. Love grammy

Posted by: grammy at October 31, 2005 5:21 PM
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