Miss Moata's feeling for snow

Last updated 12:53 07/06/2012

Boom. 

Thump.

Ka-plomp.

This is the sound of snow sliding off the roof and landing on the ground. Or large branches on trees finally losing their snowy crust. Or really unsuccessful ninjas landing on the roof. Or a zombie falling up the steps of our verandah.

In any event I'll be happy when the snow isn't giving me the heebee-jeebees any more.

That's the thing about your city suddenly being bedecked in white - it comes with pros and cons. The pro might be a day off work (although a lot of us are "lucky" enough to be able to do that from home - the earthquakes mean we not only have the mechanisms to access work files remotely but our organisations know this and to some degree expect that we will be able to carry on at home) the con might be that your home heating is not a patch on the office aircon.

This was certainly true at my house yesterday when after a morning of four-layers-double-socks-and-scarf-inside I finally broke through the heatpump denial that was holding me back and fetched a heater from the other end of the house. I think heatpump denial is a bit like climate change denial but in reverse. Climate change deniers refuse to believe that humans are causing a significant increase in global temperatures. Heatpump deniers refuse to believe that their heatpumps aren't causing a significant increase in room temperature.

My guttering has never looked so prettyAnother pro of snow is that it makes the most utterly mundane things a little bit beautiful. Utilitarian safety fencing becomes frosty white lace, wheelie bins become vanilla-iced cupcakes, washing lines stop looking like noodles and become super-long sausages instead. Heck, even something as dull as guttering gets accessorised in sparkling icicles. Heck, even barbed wire looks good (not the movie, that's still terrible).

But boy do you have to watch yourself on that ice? I nearly took a spill this morning and I was no more than a metre from the front door. I can see why the ninjas are struggling to keep the sounds of their movements down to the usual silence, to be honest.

So here are some of my pros and cons when it comes to snow days (now that I have had three within a year and am therefore an expert):

Pros

Working from home and therefore not having to worry about make-up or whether my outfit 'works'. It 'works' if I'm not actually shivering.

Having a solid excuse to get through some of that soup (we had soup-erman's left elbow for lunch yesterday)

Having a legitimate reason to throw things at your significant other. Those things being lumps of snow.

Taking a walk around the block and getting to feel just a tiny bit like Bear Grylls adventuring into the 'wilderness'. 

Imaging David Attenborough narrating aforementioned adventuring "emerging cautiously from her nest, the Moata surveys the snowy tundra before her..."

Excellent excuse for not doing any clothes washing since hanging it out would probably result in frozen undies. That's not the sort of stiffness anyone at our house is interested in.

I get to wear my polka-dot gumboots to work. 

Cons

Driving that in normal circumstances would be kinda bad is now downright irresponsible. Like the guy who stopped at a red light yesterday when I was waiting to cross but went through it anyway presumably because "road laws are not in effect on snow days". It's a time to be MORE careful people, not less. Slow down and indicate for all you're worth.

I'm too scared to go online and look at our power usage over the last couple of days. Yowch.

I've no idea when the roads will be okay to bike on. If it's anything like last time the grit they put down to increase grip on the ice will end up in the bike lane and ironically make things more slidey for me.

Everything looks like icecream. Combine this with the lack of bike-related exercise and I predict a certain lack of slimness will result.

I get worried if the Silver Fox goes out in the car. I usually text him to make sure he's arrived safely at his destination and not spun out at an intersection and been hit by an eighteen-wheeler.

I think I may be developing a hotwater bottle "dependency".

So, what's it been like round your way? Any snowy or even wintry pros and cons you'd like to share?

» Follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

- Stuff

26 comments
Post a comment
Eva   #1   01:23 pm Jun 07 2012

Pro: Sparkling winter wonderland outside, partner home from work yesterday before lunch, no major damage in the garden (apart from the collapse of the roof of the tunnelhouse) and no venturing out in the snow as clients agreed later or via the Internet would be fine for their computer training. Con: being cold in the morning, little excercise apart from slogging through the snow, the diet went out of the window as comfort food was called for, having to go out to turn on the gas bottle when the gas ran out and the latest: the snow does not stick, so I cannot build a snow man now the weather has turned inviting.

Cupcake   #2   01:33 pm Jun 07 2012

In honour of your snow I watched The Empire Strikes Back while home sick yesterday. Was going to Tweet you then I saw your Hoth-Leia had beaten me to it. Nice work!

Wintery snow means snowboarding goodness followed by mulled wine. And being able to snuggle up to Mr Cupcake, as usually I gt told to go away cause I am one of those people that radiate heat. No summer snuggles in the Cupcake family!

lesley   #3   01:41 pm Jun 07 2012

you've done it again, made me guffaw in the privacy of my own home. "the Moata emerges . . . " "not the sort of stiffness....". Pros- a fire all day. the world is beautiful. the dogs have a ball. Cons. My cave man has to work outside through the night and then out of devotion and love snuggles in to me at 5am in the morning! Clearing the long long driveway.

lesley   #4   01:41 pm Jun 07 2012

you've done it again, made me guffaw in the privacy of my own home. "the Moata emerges . . . " "not the sort of stiffness....". Pros- a fire all day. the world is beautiful. the dogs have a ball. Cons. My cave man has to work outside through the night and then out of devotion and love snuggles in to me at 5am in the morning! Clearing the long long driveway.

Leon   #5   01:52 pm Jun 07 2012

From last year's Wellington snow:

Pro: the sight of a cat viewing snow for the first time and hiding behind the sofa

Con: Slippery Driveway of Death meant that the car had to live on the road for a couple of days, and getting to the car was an adventure and a half.

Niri Tacen   #6   01:59 pm Jun 07 2012

Haven't seen snow since moving to Auckland. Miss it greatly. Best memory: my kitty running around the garden catching snowflakes and leaving little kitty footprints.

Second best memory: putting some beef fat in the bird feeder for the birdies and watching Silvereyes come flocking.

*stares out window at vaguely warm sunlight* *sigh*

AT   #7   02:41 pm Jun 07 2012

Cons: the snow missed us here in Queenstown and headed up to Canterbury. :-(

Noodle   #8   02:46 pm Jun 07 2012

No snow in Auckland, but I'm cool with that. It would make things worse for me cos I'd still have to come into the office anyway. And knowing my luck, I'd probably slide half way down Queen Street on my arse.

However, I deem that it is still cold and unpleasant enough for yummy homemade soup with toast soldiers, and plenty of hot chocolate (and tea because too much hot chocolate is a bad idea). Oh and crumpets, cos crumpets are goooooooood. God I love crumpets right now.

Moata   #9   03:00 pm Jun 07 2012

Ohmigosh. I just realised that icicle looks a bit like a dong. My sincerest apologies for this appalling lapse in taste. Can we just pretend it looks like an icy elephant instead?

Jellybean   #10   03:12 pm Jun 07 2012

" Excellent excuse for not doing any clothes washing since hanging it out would probably result in frozen undies. That's not the sort of stiffness anyone at our house is interested in."

Bahaha!!!! You are one brilliant funny gal.

As for heat pumps. The only thing they do is give me dry eyeballs. I hate the darn things.

We had a bit of snow yesterday but that's pretty much gone. Makes it hard going on all the Dunedin hills (and a little bit fun).

Might I recommend a sleeping bag. Those things are awesome at keeping a body warm. I have one which I can unzip at the bottom to make getting around easier.


Show 11-26 of 26 comments

Post comment


Required

Required. Will not be published.
Registration is not required to post a comment but if you , you will not have to enter your details each time you comment. Registered members also have access to extra features. Create an account now.


Maximum of 1750 characters (about 300 words)

I have read and accepted the terms and conditions
These comments are moderated. Your comment, if approved, may not appear immediately. Please direct any queries about comment moderation to the Opinion Editor at blogs@stuff.co.nz
Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content