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]
Holy crap, you guys. It looks like Jack Frost’s wet dream outside.
Here in New York, the snowstorm is so bad that I’m pretty sure even the Dunkin’ Donuts near my apartment is closed. If you know anything about Dunkin’ Donuts, it’s that those guys would power through an apocalypse with gas masks and Dunkaccinos in hand if it meant they might sell one box of Munchkins. Keep reading »
Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard that the Midwest and Northeast were blanketed under a snowstorm last night. Everyone is pissy because they had to dig their car out from eight inches of snow this morning. But a cat named Oreo is having the hardest day of them all. You see, when Oreo woke up today his entire world had TURNED UPSIDE DOWN, thus leading him to question everything he believed about reality. This is a video of Oreo discovering snow for the first time. He doesn’t seem too happy about it. [YouTube]
Itching to relive the winter wonderland of the past few months? Well, if you’ve got $10 million dollars and a really big cooler, a guy in Rotherham, UK, will happily sell you an “unassembled snowman,” aka a big pile of snow. But hey, if that’s too rich for your blood, you can also take a gander at a cheaper, similar snow-portunity. A guy in Kent, UK, is also selling an “unassembled snowman.” Here’s his listing… Keep reading »