Yesterday we got our first real dump of snow this year – about 12″ by this morning. I have two boys who are in high school, taller than me, and totally physically capable … but I headed out around 1PM yesterday after the snow subsided for a while to get in the first shoveling. Sure they were trying to get their homework done so there would be more free time this weekend before they head back to school on Monday, but let’s be clear on the REAL reason I did the shoveling:
I love to shovel.
I love the physical activity, the workout, the challenge of getting it all done quickly and efficiently. When we were in Massachusetts the amount of snow we got would wear me down – because let’s face it, by the time you are standing 6′ in the air shoveling the snow banks so you can pile on more … for the 3rd or 4th time in a single winter, you are done. But out here, we get smaller storms and less snow. I don’t know if we will see 12″ of snow again this winter.
Of course, after shoveling the first 6″ of snow and participating in a conference call for work (on my 2nd to last ‘vacation’ day) I headed out for my run. It was very cold and the wind had turned brutal, and the roads were completely unplowed and the snow had started up for real again – so I knew running main roads was out of the question (Lisa noted that I was an idiot anyway when she got home). Fortunately the loop through our neighborhood is about 1.75 miles, so I ended up with just under 3.5 miles trudging through about 8″ of snow.
Before Lisa was coming home from work the plows came and buried the end of the driveway, so I headed out again to shovel the few added inches plus the end of the driveway. Quick, easy and painless.
And while I’m at it, I have another confession” even though we have a nice Husqvarna ride mower … I really want a classic manual push ‘reel’ mower like this one. I have used one a couple of times, and because our yard isn’t too huge, I think it would be relatively quick and easy. Who knows …
Do you have any true confessions?