5:30am: Alarm goes off and I’m awake and ready to see how much snow has fallen.
5:40am: Putting on my adorable orange snow boots, hat & snow shoveling gloves. Let’s do this!
5:41am: Oh… it’s so pretty to see everything covered in white. No one else is out yet, there’s a special hush and sparkle after a good snowfall.
5:43am: WTF?!?! What is this icy crap stuck to the driveway under the snow?!?
5:50am: Okay, that icy layer is the top 1/4 of the driveway and our cars can drive right over that. I’m moving on to the actual snow.
6:00am: If I had known that it was going to take longer than the standard 40 minutes I would have worn my ipod. Oh well, I’m getting into a groove here. I’m a good snow shoveler. They should come up with a winter triathlon where snow shoveling is one of the events, I would rock at that.
6:20am: My neighbor comes out with his snow blower. We do the friendly neighbor wave.
6:30am: My neighbor does the longest portion of my sidewalk for me and stops to ask if Matt is still sleeping. The light is off in our room so I nod. Neighbor says, “Good for him!”
6:40am: Neighbor is done with the whole driveway. I’m about 2/3 done and I’ve been out for twice as long. I start to understand the appeal of the snow blower.
6:45am: Wave to a different neighbor who has already been up and taught spin class at our Y. She’s one of my running partners and I decide that I am soooooooooo glad I ran my 12 mile training run on Wednesday instead of this morning. Wednesday I wore capris and a long sleeve shirt.
6:50am: Down at the worst part of the driveway, the bottom. This snow is always heavier than all the rest. And my wrists are getting sore. And I can no longer do nice even straight lines. And I want to be inside eating breakfast. And I don’t have to go anywhere in the morning, why am I still out here shoveling anyway?!?
7:00am: My husband comes out and is surprised that I’m still out there. “Why didn’t you come get me?” he asks. Because by the time I realized I could really use some help he was already in the shower, that’s why. We need a better system on snow shoveling mornings.
7:15am: Sprinkle some ice melt on the icy spots on the front steps. Vow to go buy a new snow shovel with a nice strong metal edge. Seriously considering buying five shovels and making everyone help next time.