When Jonesy the cat stepped into snow for the first time, he wasn’t sure what to think of it, but he couldn’t help but investigate. Luckily for us, his human captured the whole adorable thing on camera, leaps and all! Click through for a few shots from Jonesy’s snowy adventure. [Tastefully Offensive] [Images via Elizabeth V. Bouras]
It’s this cat’s first time experiencing snow, and I can’t tell whether she’s horrified or disturbingly enthused, but doesn’t her ability to find something to be expressive about during the Worst Season Ever make winter’s onset a little bit easier? Do you think she has the sheer terror on her mind that the rest of us do when we’re scraping off our cars on that first icy morning of the season? [HuffPost] [Image via Imgur]
It’s no secret that I hate winter with a very special kind of passion, which is unfortunate considering the fact that on the East Coast it tries to linger on all the way into late April like a bitter ex that won’t go away. Thankfully, these flask mittens now exist, so I can simultaneously keep myself extra toasty and take the edge off the reality of a 4 p.m. sunset. The flask has a bite valve to save you the hassle of having to take off the mittens to unscrew the top, because come winter you’ll presumably have already wasted 20 minutes of your day getting all those layers on in the first place and it would just be crazy to take the mitten off again. I think these are meant to be for chilly football games, ski trips, sledding, and other adventuresome outdoor activities instead of day-to-day winter commuting. Sure, I’ll use them for those exciting things, but hell, I’ll be needing them just to make it to the corner bodega and back. Let’s be honest with ourselves — for all we know, three more Polar Vortexes could be on their way this year. Now is the time to prepare! Think of these as a loving gift to your future self — the one who will have to get up at 6am on a February weekend morning to shovel your driveway. [That’s Nerdalicious]
Last weekend, I went skiing for the first time in over 10 years. To say I was nervous and excited would be an understatement; in the days leading up to my trip, I couldn’t help but worry about breaking a limb or, I don’t know, being crushed by an avalanche.
Thankfully, the friends who came along with me were much more experienced than I (like, pro level) and promised I’d be in good hands. Their teaching method? Throwing me in the trenches headfirst. They taught me how to stop and start using my skis, and that was about it – off to the chairlift we went. No ski school, no detailed lessons. Had I thought about what was happening I probably would have objected, but I blindly went along until I realized halfway up the lift that this was not the normal path for a beginner. But this was how they had learned, they explained, that putting yourself in the thick of it was the fastest way to get off the ground, and that they’d be nearby there the whole time. (By the way, PSA time, I am not saying you lovely readers should learn this way — it’s pretty risky!) Keep reading »
When the east coast gets weeks of snow, followed by freezing rain, followed by icy temperatures, you will find yourself deterred from running the most basic errands. You’ll consider putting on a pair of snow shoes for your morning commute or riding a homemade sled to pick up a few essentials. Anne Decker, of Mechanicsville, Virginia, found herself in similar predicament to many of us on Wednesday night: dying for a glass of wine and too snowed in to go anywhere on foot or by car. Instead of rolling around on the living room floor and groaning like the rest of us did, Decker was of the mindset that “you gotta find a way to make humor out of any situation.” So, she strapped on her cross-country skis and made the one mile trek to her local Kroger, put her skis in her shopping cart and got that dang bottle of wine. The manager told her she was the first customer to ever ski into the store and took the opportunity for a photo op. Wow. I’m seriously impressed. [NBC12]