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I am finishing up my midwifery apprenticeship and plan to be a real midwife early in 2014!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Not-So-Fond Ode to Shoveling Snow

I am cursing the Oregonian article this morning that said that we should be "pushing" the snow, not "lifting", because snow shovels are made to push, not lift, and it's so much easier on our backs if we simply push the snow to the side. Because there is way too much *&#!@ snow out there to push! Now, granted, we haven't shoveled since Saturday and Sunday when Zac was out there shoveling to his heart's content. While it was still coming down fast and furious. And why was he so contented? Because he was getting *paid* to do it. And I think that all you parents (and big sisters) out there will understand what I mean when I say it was worth every penny to pay him by the hour. (Carissa, maybe next time you'd like to contribute?)

Anyway. Also granted that we don't have an actual snow shovel. Because why bother buying one, putting out good money, when we only need to shovel snow no more than once a year? I think the last time we shoveled snow was two years ago. And I think we did it once. And it was only about 2 or 3 inches. This? All told we got over a foot of accumulation. Oh, and it snowed some more this afternoon and it's supposed to snow tomorrow.

I did not grow up in a place where I had to shovel snow (see my previous post on this) and I always thought it'd be worth it to get some snow. And I still think it'd be worth it, to get *some* snow. This is over and above what I always tell people--that I think it snows the perfect amount here. Just enough to enjoy it for a few hours, especially if I don't have to drive in it, but not enough to be a nuisance. This? This is getting to be a nuisance. What we usually get in Portland melts within a few hours. We've had this stuff since Saturday and it's not melting yet!

Okay, before I get too grinchy-sounding I'll admit: this has been fun. To be really snowed-in and not be able to go anywhere and make hot chocolate and have so many excuses to make all kinds of goodies (and in that way, a good thing for snow-shoveling, as I didn't have any other way to work it all off....) is really kind of fun. A different kind of space. I've had lots of reading time. And lots of computer time, as well. (Should get off now and do some more reading!) And so, I will remember this time fondly, not grinchily. And when things get busy I'll probably even miss it.

I hope you all are warm and snug.


Mimi said...

We also do not have a snow shovel

Ali said...

We have a snow shovel because Chris' dad brought us one when he drove out from Wisconsin one year (Back when they still lived in Wisconsin. Back when they could drive.) I'm sure glad to have it!

The deal with shoveling is, you don't want to lift the snow any higher than you have to. Yes, you do have to lift a bit when it's this deep!

And I'm off to shovel some more...

Elizabeth said...

whine, moan....my back *already* hurts from yesterday....but I'm also off to shovel some more. Ugh!

Magpie Ima said...

Arnica and a hot batch for the sore muscles!

We shoveled enough to get Will out of here yesterday and the mail carrier up the front steps safely (because we NEED our Netflix moves, ya know) but as of today, it's all freshly covered again. I haven't left my house in 5 days. That's a really long time.

Magpie Ima said...

Bath not batch. Oy. My mind's going...........