February 4, 2014

A Snow Day in the South

Living in Southeastern Virginia along the coast, hurricanes are much more prolific than major snowstorms, but this winter has been the exception.  The third week in January, we got about 3 inches of snow and my client office was closed for the day and delayed for one more.  And this past week was much more significant.  My neighborhood received 8-9 inches of snow overnight on Tuesday.

The snow started around 5pm as I was leaving the gym and immediately it was clear it would stick.  The roads quickly became covered as I scrambled to try to find a show shovel (they laughed at me at Home Depot) and snag a few groceries.  Luckily I had milk because there was none to be found of any variety!  And I've never seen my local store so crowded on a Tuesday night.  Every single register was open and had a line.  I thanked the teenage girl checking me out for helping us all get food and headed home to hunker down for the night.

A few hours later, I noticed the snow starting to accumulate so I decided I would snap a few photos and this turned into an hourly progression of the view of my front side yard.

I learned that my client was closed a little while later and planned for a work from home snow day on Wednesday.  I went to bed and figured we had about 3-4 inches on the ground.  And when I awoke, it was exactly the winter wonderland I expected!

I had work to start eventually but my first order of business was sweeping some snow off the deck and the stairs so Paddy could easily get in and out.  I also decided she needed a buddy for a little morning snow playtime so we ran around the backyard for a bit.  I'm lucky to have a dog who absolutely loves the snow!
Southern girls love the snow and snow day selfless!
Snow doggie!  You can start to see how deep the snow is here 
Snow boots?  Who needs 'em!  I have my Missoni for
Target wellies thankyouverymuch. 
"Mom, I don't have time for your photos, I wanna run!"
My workday called, so I headed inside to warm up with a cup of coffee and my laptop.  As the day wore on, I realized I would probably want to take care of clearing the snow in my driveway before it got too melty and then icy and heavy.  Remember I don't have a snow shovel so I set out with my large push broom to clear the driveway.  About 40 minutes later, I was finished and simply exhausted!  Shoveling (or clearing snow with a broom) is a serious workout!  And my back was sore the next day to prove that I need to work on my technique…although I'm not sure how eager I am to do that.  


And in case you're wondering, here's a quick breakdown of average calorie burn* for snow day activities:
- Shoveling snow: 455 calories per hour
- Building a snowman: 250-350 calories per hour
- Snowball fight: 319 calories per hour
- Making snow angels: 214 calories per hour
- Snow shoeing: 465 calories per hour
- Sledding: 407 calories per hour

And while the Virginia girls love the snow, our favorite North Carolinian Yorkie was not so amused...
Diva doggies don't like the snow!
What is your favorite snow day activity?
{Christine} 

*Sources:
"Get Physical: Play in the Snow" from FitSugar
"6 Ways to Burn Calories this Winter" from FitDay
*My Fitness Pal 

18 comments:

  1. What a cute snow pup! and love your super cute hat!
    My favorite snow day activity has to be reading by the fireplace (a little cheesy, I know). I love the silence, the peacefulness and the thought that (hopefully) everyone is tucked safely into their homes with their families.
    We've got two more snowstorms coming this week so maybe my favorite activity will change by then :P
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. Thanks Karen. Good luck with your upcoming snowstorms. Guess you will have time to pack for Princess weekend! :)

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  2. Love the doggy pictures!! We got some snow down in SC. I love it because we don't get much of it. My fur babies had fun running around in it too. :) I never thought shoveling (or sweeping) snow would give as much of a workout as it has!

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    1. Thanks Maria. Glad you enjoyed some snow too, but I am glad it is gone!

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  3. So glad you were able to experience the joy of a snow day! I always wear my wellies in the snow now! Funny how we didn't get any snow last week when all the South did, but we did get dumped on yesterday! -M

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    1. It was weird how the south got the snow and not the north. Enjoy your latest storm Meranda!

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  4. Cute puppy pics!! Only one of my dogs has seen snow, and she loved running around in it (for a few min at least lol). My favorite snow day activity is watching movies and drinking hot chocolate :0)

    I had no idea how many calories shoveling snow burned - wow!

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    1. Shoveling is a hard core activity Lauren. I am so glad I do not have to do it often!

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  5. So much fun, I love it! Our doggies would make best of friends...maddie and paddy could run all over while our Yorkies stayed put and shivered until we brought them inside! Hah! Gotta love divas! Wow that's some serious calorie burn!!

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    1. Pixie and Lulu could stay indoors and Maddie and Paddy could race around and wear themselves out! It is funny how some dogs love the snow and others hate it.

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  6. Awww you had so much fun in the snow! Ours was pure ice...but we still had fun with it! We never see that kind of weather! I LOVE the calories burned breakdown!!! :-)

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    1. Thanks Mindy. Yes, the calorie burn was big so I did not feel badly that I missed a day at the gym!

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  7. Snow days aren't exactly fun when you become an adult. If work is closed (and mine in Boston rarely was) then you still have to shovel the stuff and can't just build a fort with your friends :(

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    1. Exactly Lesley. In my younger days I loved having snow forts and playing outside for hours!

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  8. Oh my word I feel terrible you had to clear all your snow with a broom! I'm originally from PA where it snows all winter long and I have not so fond memories of shoveling on our days off from school!

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    1. Who would have thought I needed a snow shovel in southern Virginia? So glad this is a very rare occasion!

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  9. It cracks me up how Paddy loved the snow and Lulu was not a fan :) Oh dogs! Glad you had fun out in it - if you want more fun, feel free to come up here. I'm sure it will be around another month or two...

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    1. Thanks Megan but I think I will pass on more snow. Three days off of work because of the storm was more than enough for one year!

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