Friday, December 19, 2008

Snow Daze!

Apparently, we Eugeneians don't know how to deal with a little smattering of snow! Once you get an accumulation of any significance... as in 3 inches... the entire city shuts down and calls it good. We are simply NOT prepared like you crazy people in states like... I dunno... MN... where a 13 degree day with freezing rain is "mild". However, Eugene is a city where, on any given cold, rainy day, you'll find 75.2% of the population wearing Birkenstocks with their wool socks. H2O in liquid form... we're solid... but once that stuff even remotely resembles snow... we freak out! As a result, we've had an inordinate amount of no school days! Now, I know that as a loving father I'm supposed to say, "I LOVE snow days! It's just a great opportunity to take time out with the kids, play in the snow, and drink hot cocoa!" This is ALL quite true. However, I have to say, the noise... yeah... the noise of the three adorable, wonderful, fantastic kiddos, who are EXTREMELY excited to NOT have school AND get to play in the snow can be overwhelming at times. I'm good for about 2 full days... then I need a BREAK! No such luck today. No school. Another beautiful layer of the fresh white stuff on the ground! Joy. Rapture. PLUS, starting at 9 am this morning... I enter the realm of single father for the weekend! No rest for the weary... but I think I'm up for it... I've done it a million times before... just not in the snow. This is a perfect opportunity for me to practice... breathing.

In other news, my shoulder is turning out to be a complete A-HOLE! That's RIGHT! That's what I said! Apparently, a dislocated shoulder doesn't simply heal on its own OR within a week after its been injured. I've tried reasoning with it, stretching, massaging, and drugging it into submission... all to no avail. Apparently, what it wants is rest... the little pansy. So that's what I'm giving it! Plus some witch doctor physical therapy that ends up hurting so bad it makes me curl into the fetal position, suck my thumb, and whine like a little baby! BUT, apparently its working... and things are getting better! SO... as my upper body wastes away... I'm doing my best to be patient and keep my legs in some kind of working order so that I wont DIE December 29th when I start my training cycle for IM CdA '09.

Hope you're all happy, healthy, and whole. If you have family coming in for the holidays... remember, they love you and their intentions are ALWAYS the best... even if they're SO annoying you'd rather punch them in the neck. Simply....

Breathe....

Tom! He's dah MAN!


Snow-covered homestead!

View from living room!

7 comments:

kt said...
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kt said...

Wow! The view from your living room is amazing! I am so jealous.

Be nice to your therapist! They really are just trying to get you back to you. If you came to see me for therapy, it would be all made into fun and games but you would have to act 10 years old and love snow days. :)

Happy winter.

kt said...

Wait, is Tom wearing bright pink snow pants? Tell him that is awesome because real men wear pink! :)

tri-mama said...

Ahhh snow!!!!!!! We only have snow days when the roads are impassable- that takes about 12-15 inches-what's really awful is cold days- when the temp drops below 15 minus they can't go to school- then they are trapped inside...all day....with me. There are reasons for locks on bedroom doors

Charisa said...

Awesome snow!! Good luck w/ all those extra snow days! (And the shoulder!)

Duane said...

Heal up and Merry Christmas!

Di said...

The best thing about Eugene is the Saturday Market. Love to watch all of those with their Birkenstocks and socks. Do they do Saturday Market in the Winter?

Take care of the shoulder...have you had an MRI? Breathe before you read this...maybe there is something else there that your missing? Hang in there...the training will happen...all in good time.