December 26, 2008
Snowpocalypse 2008: A recipe for leading a more balanced life?
Another day, another show shower. Since it's starting to feel like the movie "Groundhog Day" around here, it only seems fitting to write another post about the snow.
I'm certainly not the only one who's wondering if she'll ever be able to drive her car without skidding through stop signs and traffic lights again. And while the Northwest's seen more than its fair share of weather-related headaches, structural damage, and injuries these past two weeks, part of me will be sad to see the snow go.
Sure, it's pretty, and sure, it's been a kick to watch the neighborhood kids and dogs get such a thrill out of all this white stuff. But more than anything, it's been lovely to slow the heck down and have a dang good excuse to do so.
Can't get to work till 11 a.m. because your bus never came and it took you 70 minutes to walk to the office? No problem. Have to work from home for the fifth day in a row? Your boss understands. Can't concentrate on getting your work done at all because the kids, who are housebound too, are chomping at the bit to get outside and sled down the street? Chances are everyone on your team is in the same boat and hasn't accomplished much since the middle of the month either.
As the holidays wind down and the weather warms up, talk of sleds and snowmen will invariably turn back to deadlines and downsizing. Here's hoping that when things get hectic and harried all over again in January we can channel those slow snow days of December and take a few minutes each week to cocoon with friends and family.
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