The Blizzard Named Jonas

Last Saturday we had a nice little visit from the one and only Blizzard Jonas.  I have had my fair share of storms out in Mammoth Lakes/Mammoth Mountain, California and one or two snow storms here in the city.  But never have I been caught in such a blizzard!

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So let’s rewind a few days and start on Friday.  Lucky for me, the November Project workout was located a mere 10 minute jog to Union Square.  There we spent about 20+ minutes running around the park, doing burpees, step-ups, and dips.  Work was work and most of the folks were chatting about the impending storm.  Everyone was throwing around bets if it would actually turn out to be a bad storm.  Last year’s so-called blizzard ended up being a bust, so no one was really sure what to think.  Well, we were all in for a surprise.  The predicted 12-18 inches turned into 24-30 and this blizzard missed being ranked #1 by a mere 1/10 of an inch!

IMG_8317 IMG_8318 ^^ Saturday morning I woke up and was about ready to leave for the gym (running in a storm? no thank you, I’m not that crazy) when I turned on the news and saw the reports of MTA possibly being shut down and the vast amount of snow that had accumulated.  Between the news and the fact that the wind was whipping outside our windows made me re-think my plans and I settled into watching the news and eating breakfast.  (oh and a nice little encouragement from a friend to be logical and stay inside)  It would have been fine if I made it to the gym but the prospect of walking back if the subway really did shut did not sound enticing.

IMG_8319 IMG_8320 IMG_8328 IMG_4859^^ After about four hours of being cooped up and two movies later, we decided to take a walk.  The wind had somewhat settled and we were feeling the effects of being cooped up.  Goodness I truly feel for the people who have storms like this all.winter.long.  Well, by 2:30 all cars were required to be off the road and all the stores were closed.

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The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent watching more movies and television shows (thank you Netflix), a mini workout, and an early bed.  Some of my friends were out at the bars buuuuut I didn’t have any desire to venture out into the wind.

IMG_4871 ^^ Sunday morning was absolutely gorgeous!  The sun was out, the snow was somewhat crisp, and Central Park was FILLED with people.  I swear I have never seen so many children and families in one place – most of which were all sledding down random hills throughout the park.  I ran a loop with one of my friends (faster than I had anticipated, which was a pleasant surprise, especially with the snow), and then met up for a few Cat Hill repeats with the rest of the girls above.

IMG_4876 ^^ The morning (or rather afternoon by the time we sat down) wouldn’t have been complete without a nice little brunch.  I took a mini oops or hiatus from whole 30 because I was craving avocado toast so darn much.  Sure, there was chia pudding, but after eating it all week, I wasn’t really in the mood.  I have noticed some positive effects but it’s sure tough to implement outside of your own kitchen!  More on that to come, but here’s to Blizzard Jonas – sorry you didn’t make it to #1 but it was a storm for the records, that’s for sure.

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”  John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

A Storm Named Juno: The Blizzard that Wasn’t

For a solid 12+ hours on Monday, news channels were blasting reports of a massive storm that was supposedly heading our way.  Subways announced closures, flights and trains were cancelled, and people went ravaging through the grocery stores for every last bit of food as though it were an impending apocalypse.  I never knew the importance of a peanut butter and loaves of bread, until it was swept off the shelves.

I received countless texts and phone calls from friends and family asking about our safety and whether we had food on hand.  I do appreciate all the concern, but honestly was a little skeptical of the weather and if anything would actually happen.  Maybe I’m naive and the next storm is going to slap me in the face.  (But let’s hope not)

Well, it turns out that in Manhattan, storm Juno didn’t live up to all the hype.  Sure, having a no-travel order did help the snow plows.  Sure, putting the subway cars away over night probably avoided them being snowed in.

But, the slow start to the morning left me a tad bit antsy and left me wondering what to do about work.  Let me rephrase that, how to go about my work.  Maybe I’m a bit of a go-getter (or goody-two-shoes), I don’t care.  I’m a type A individual and I love my schedule (maybe too much).  I love having a workout to go to in the morning and set of things to do at my desk in my office.  I love being able to work with people and grab a cup of coffee when we have a spare minute.  Being able to work remotely was pretty much a self-imposed challenge.  I really don’t know what to do with a slower schedule/free-time.

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This is what I woke up to.  Not nearly the footage I had expected from the weather reports but somehow Lindsay and I predicted that it wouldn’t be too bad.  We had skiied in white-outs worse than the weather Manhattan experienced. 

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There were a few fleeting moments where I debated walking the 40+ blocks and avenues to work.  But by the time I got there, who knows if the office would be open or if there would be thaaaaat many emails to answer.  After polling a few of my coworkers and manager, this seemed like a stupid idea.  During my lunch break, I walked over to a local bar where some November Project people were supposed to meet.  Of course it would happen that I was the first and only person to arrive (for three or so hours…again, my luck), so I walked to a local cafe to attempt some reports until my computer died.

I have since decided that the snow and I don’t exactly see eye-to-eye.  It’s fine when I’m working in my office all day and have the ability to run at the gym.  (I understand – first world problems) so I guess I was hoping for something a little bit more dramatic (not wishing any danger or misfortune upon anyone!).  Actually, I’m always pretty skeptical about this concept of snow-day.  Probably because in elementary and high school, we thought some power outage would gift us a day off and free pass.  But, miraculously, the district would pull it together and have some backup generator armed and ready.

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Well, it looks like snow-days are infinitely better when you are a kid, right?  No emails or excel charts to worry about 🙂 

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I ended up taking my “lunch” break later in the afternoon and let’s just say, I should have started the day with a run.  Just being able to break free of my self-imposed stress was glorious.  I ran into a woman dancing along the path, telling everyone who would listen, that it was the most beautiful sunset.  You know, I stopped, took a few pictures, and thought, she is so darn right.  Why do I stress so much about the little things?  Enjoy life a little more.

All in all, I am very glad that no one was hurt or stranded, and there was no extreme damage from Blizzard Juno.  It was a unique opportunity to work from home and I definitely learned a little more about myself.  This includes the need to put a schedule together, the need to work out in the morning so that I’m not going stir-crazy, and the need to hide any nut butter jar or snacks because if they are around, I will eat them in the name of anxiety/boredom.  When in doubt, just avoid snowstorms. 😉  Good plan.

So here’s to the first mega snowfall of 2015.