I give up trying to get anything done! Today, my kids had their (9th? 10th? 11th?) snow day. I lost count. We were supposed to get 3-6 inches of snow, and it just started snowing when I was on my way home from urgent care last night at around 9:00 (TMI: I had symptoms of a UTI all day yesterday, and I was in so much pain last night that I went to urgent care. Sure enough, it's a bladder infection, so I'm on antibiotics now).
At 5:00, I woke up and wasn't able to fall back asleep. When we get the phone call canceling school, it's usually right at 5:00. So I assumed the kids had school. Then at 5:15, the phone rang, and of course, woke up the kids. The Honeywell Instant Alert System drives me crazy when we get an alert--I get a text, Jerry gets a text, the house phone rings (which also makes my cell phone ring because of call forwarding), then my cell phone rings, and then Jerry's cell phone rings. Oh, and Jerry and I both get an e-mail. We can't even remove our phones from the list (I would prefer just a text), because they want to make sure we get the message.
5:15 AM: message received.
Jerry left for work at 6:00, and he later told me that the roads were absolutely terrible. The 20-minute drive ended up taking 50 minutes. People were driving 10-20 mph on the expressway. So I'm not surprised that school was canceled, but I am seriously questioning when this craziness will end!
It snowed really hard from about 7:00-noon, and we got much more snow than we were expecting. In most places, it was about 10-12 inches deep. (I know this because I spent all afternoon shoveling it!) I wish the pics I took could show just how deep it was, but this was the best I could do:
I have a goal for February to get in 10,000 steps per day. On my rest days, I never even come close to that, unless I go for a couple of walks. Today, I was hoping that I could get in 10,000 without going for any walks, but after cleaning the house all morning, and shoveling the driveway for a couple of hours, I'd only accumulated 4,000 steps. My upper body got a serious workout from shoveling, though!
When I came inside, I was absolutely ravenous, so I had a Clif Bar with a smear of peanut butter on it to hold me over until dinner. Normally, I'm not nearly that hungry at 3:00 in the afternoon, but the shoveling definitely gave me an appetite! I was also really cold when I came it, and when I sat down on the couch, Estelle ran over to me to jump on my lap (like she always does). When she put her paw on my leg, she startled and pulled it back. Then she tentatively pushed on my leg a couple of times, deciding whether to climb on. Normally, I'm a nice warm body for her to lie on top of; but today, she didn't even want to get on my lap after I came in from shoveling ;)
I walked for 45 minutes on the treadmill to accumulate some more steps, but even after that, I was only at 8,500. I don't know how people get 10,000 on days that they don't deliberately exercise!
Another goal I made for February is to stay off of the scale for the entire month. Even though I have been much less focused on numbers for a couple of months, I still weigh daily out of habit. So I was 139 at the beginning of February, and I'm hoping that I'll be at (or less than) 139 by the end of February.
My friend Linda just pointed out to me that I am on "The Awesome List of the Top 100 Best Running Blogs of 2104"... I didn't know that there were more than 100 running blogs out there, but I'm flattered to be on the list ;) Anyway, I just wanted to point it out in case you're looking for more running blogs to read. When I get some time, I'm going to go through the list and check it out!
Finally, I'm going to watch (on Hulu) The Biggest Loser Finale from last night. I've read so much about it on Twitter, that I have to see what all the hype is about!