Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Four Things I Learned Shoveling Snow in ATLANTA

I walked by the window yesterday and saw my neighbor outside clearing her driveway, got excited and volunteered to go shovel ours. I live in an equal opportunity house, Husband had no objection, and I really needed wanted to get out for a minute. We’ve been snowed in since Sunday night. Enough said.

While it SEEMED like a good idea, I grew up in Connecticut and thought I knew everything about snow, I quickly learned a few things:

Don’t volunteer to shovel snow when its NOT snow. It was ice. Solid ice. Yeah, that’s different than the light, fun, fluffy stuff. I should’ve turned myself around when I stepped on it and slid 6 feet across the driveway.

Get yourself a BIG ASS shovel. And apparently some other tools – like an ice pick. Ok, I didn’t have an ice pick, or a shovel for that matter so I borrowed my neighbor’s and used a metal rake to break up the ice before I shoveled it. Hard core, right?

Shoveling snow ICE is a workout. I’ve been in Atlanta too long and forgot everything I learned in Snow Shoveling 101 like it’s a WORKOUT. I got two workouts in yesterday and I think the shoveling might have burned more calories than my dumbbells. Good for Project Me.

I was the ONLY fool out there taking pictures. Um, yeah. None of my neighbors are bloggers or apparently facebookers either 'cause not one of them were out there snapping any pics of the crushed ice they just moved. Now that I think about it, none of them were out there crushing ice. Hmm.

Speaking of pictures, Husband was kind enough to pry himself from the Playstation 3 and take some photos.

The driveway before

Me and the big ol’ shovel

Ice, ice, baby

The rake I used to break the ice

The driveway after

Even though the driveway is clear the kids still aren’t going to school. We’re on day three folks – gasp! I love spending time with my kids, but I don’t want to get in the way of their education. I’m just sayin’.

Winks & Smiles,


James said...

10 points for perseverance and just being a bad-ass while your neighbors sat inside being lazy! :)

Laurie said...

I grew up in Boston and my grandmother in Atlanta always talked about this "ice thing". Now I live in Northern Virginia and have done my share of ice picking. It stinks! But, man, is it a good workout. After I shovel my arms are sore sore sore.
We just got about 2 inches, although it started with ice and I had to pick it off my car last night at work.
Oh, kids just have a 2 hour delay today, I am so with you on those 3 days! Remember why it is called Hotlanta!!

Marlene said...

Great job on the cross-training/ice-chipping workout! Our driveway needs some major work tonight so I'll be getting my shovel on!

Hope those kids get back to school soon... you know, for their education!

carrie said...

I'm right there with you raking, shoveling and hauling ice over here in E Cobb!!!

Morgan said...

Way to work up a sweat out in the cold! Imagine if you could save it for an ice bath after a long run! LOL! Seriously though, props to you girl! Thankfully I live in an apartment complex that does that ish for me!!!

Anonymous said...

This post took me back to when my hubby and I lived in Detroit! Arrrrgggghhhhh!

Anonymous said...

Wow Superwoman! That's a lot of ice to break up and shovel! I'm sure it was a great workout! We have snow too and the cabin fever is gonna kill me! LOL I need to get outside this weekend. I'm tired of only going from home-work-home!

Spring where are you?????


Deanna - The Unnatural Mother said...

That's some serious ice my friend, I'm impressed! What I love most is the shovel/rake next to the 26.2 sticker, nice!!

Shelley said...

Wow - that is an impressive workout!

Holy Events said...

Wow, well the PlayStation 3 won out over shoveling snow over here, especially since it will magically disappear as soon as temperatures warm! :)

Kerrie T. said...

That's the most stylish snow, shoveling I've ever seen!

Anonymous said...

Things you should have learned:
1 - Shovel before it freezes, just after it stops falling
2 - Push the shovel using your body weight as much as possible. Don't dig and throw or you will be really sore
3 - Start at the top and work/push downhill. Let gravity help.
4 - Spread some salt before it starts snowing to make it easier
5 - You can cheat a little with ice by throwing ash from the fireplace or dust from the vacuum or sand on it and letting the sun melt it in.

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