I don’t usually jump on weather hysteria bandwagons – I’m a skeptic no matter the situation – tornadoes (I watched one come down the street from the double glass doors at work one time – not my smartest of moments.), floods, droughts, and even snow.
Of my 28 years of life in the Deep South, I’ve only ever seen one REALLY GOOD snow storm, and maybe five halfway decent snowfalls.
So as much as I love the stuff, I usually don’t believe it.
But this one was different.
Starting on Saturday, I kept hearing things like…
“Below freezing for all but 18 of the next 180 hours.”
“The coldest it’s been for the longest amount of time in 25 years.”
And, the words we all long to hear, “A snow event on Thursday AND Friday.”
I became a believer due to the crazy cold, coupled with sights of frozen tundra that I didn’t even know was possible in Alabama, such as this frozen-topped lake,
and this stunning-if-you-live-in-Alabama fountain…
(There were actual ICE CAPS in the water below where the fountainsicles had crashed into the water JUST LIKE IT HAPPENS IN ANTARTICA!! I would have gotten you a picture, but it was too cold to remove myself from my heated leather seats.)
So anyway, I believed it. I cleared my schedule for today, and Ali and I waited. We were ready to build snowmen, have snowball fights, go sledding, find some wild dogs and go dog-sledding while screaming “Mush!! Mush!!”, do some ski jumps from the hill in our neighborhood thanks to all of that Wii practice, and find a lake to go ice skating on.
It DID snow, and it was gorgeous coming down in big, soft, dreamy flakes…
…I even drove in it, fearing for my life, all the way to Chris’ office, because he had taken my (four wheel drive) SUV (so he could get home in the Blizzard) which had Ali’s and my coats and gloves in it, which we would obviously need for our mushing and skiing and skating…
…but despite the below-freezing temperatures that our Southern-Pansy bodies have endured ALL WEEK for this Winter Event to occur, IT. DIDN’T. STICK.
So, Ali and I replaced our dreams of ski jumps with making a crafty Birthday Cake in pre-celebration of her birthday tomorrow:
Let’s just hope, for my husband’s sanity, that Tonight’s Big Event has the opposite outcome of Today’s Big Event.