Snowed In

Michigan winter 2019

There are many things that I love about living in Michigan. The beautiful lakes, amazing summer and fall weather, and being close to my family and friends are at the top of my list. However, Michigan weather is incredibly unpredictable and one thing I do not enjoy is winter.

Winter in Michigan can be just downright miserable at times. Take today for example. The temperature outside is -9 degrees Fahrenheit before wind chill. That doesn’t sound terrible until you add in the buckets of snow, so much so that I got stuck in my own driveway after my husband had snow blowed it. And on top of that it’s windy so the actual temperature outside is closer to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. WHAT?!

The government for my city is closed down because of the temperature. The mail isn’t being delivered and the trash isn’t being picked up. The news warns us not to drive unless it’s completely unavoidable and to not be outside for more then 8 minutes at a time because of frostbite. It’s like a snowpocalypse.

I work in finance so if the stock market is open we are open for business. But the company I work for is all about work-life balance. Our President sent out an e-mail Tuesday afternoon urging us to work from home Wednesday due to the frigid temperature and terrible driving conditions. He sent another e-mail this afternoon with the same message. Reason number 1,000,001 why I love this company is because they value us as individuals and give us the opportunity to work from home instead of slip sliding our cars into work.

So, it looks like I’m going to be snowed in for another day. Working from home isn’t super easy because I’m down to just my laptop screen instead of my two screen setup at my work desk. But that’s okay! I’m home safe and sound with water running so our pipes don’t freeze!

Also, shoutout to the amazing people like Brett who work outdoor jobs. Today I bundled him up in a million layers so that he could go work his job at the airport in order to make sure that people can get to their destinations on time. They have been working in shifts so no one has to be outside too long.

Michigan, I love you but please give us a break from these unreasonably low temperatures!

Is anyone else out there freezing right now?

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First Snow Day of the Season

In case you didn’t know, I live in Michigan- a.k.a. the most weather-bipolar state in the U.S. We received our first snow day on November 18th. I can never remember having a snow day prior to Thanksgiving before but I’m not complaining. I will complain about the terrible driving conditions that I have to put up with during winter so snow days make me happy that I don’t have to risk my life to make it to class.

At school the day before

At school the day before

View from my front door....

View from my front door….

I had a very productive snow day. I started off the day by finishing the book 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (you can read my review here). I also did laundry, folded laundry, cleaned my room, researched plane tickets, hung Christmas lights in my room, and wrote some future blog posts. I wish snow days happened more often so I could get all this work done every week!

My room is finally decorated! :)

My room is finally decorated! 🙂

My mom works at the University that I am attending so sometimes when the weather is really bad they don’t make her go to work either. This day happened to be one of those days so we got to spend the day together. My mom spent most of her snow day working and making chili for dinner. I was happy to have her home with me!

Homemade Chili!

Homemade Chili!

I was glad to have a snow day but I am worried about what the weather will be like the rest of this winter. If it’s already this bad in November, December-March is likely to be much worse. I am leaving for London in January but I am still worried about my family that will remain here in Michigan…

I hope it warms up a little bit for Thanksgiving! I’m so excited to have a couple of days to spend with my family and Brett’s family! 🙂 Thanks for reading!