Winter in Virginia is a magical time, make no mistake. It’s time for family and friends. Holidays and decorations. Giving and receiving. And most importantly, eggnog. But winter doesn’t come without its challenges, of course. So here are just a few of the things that you might have on your mind as winter rapidly approaches.
1. Do I REALLY need to pack away my flip-flops?
Don't give in. That snow will be gone soon and you'll be glad for those flip flops when it hits 70 degrees 2 days later. Once the feeling returns to your toes, that is.
2. Time to get out the Christmas decorations.
Yup. This is really happening, folks.
3. First snow day they call without snow and I'm taking the kids to the school superindentent's house for the day.
See how THEY like it.
4. "I'm not turning the heat on until after Thanskgiving..."
[First cold day hits] "Ok, but next year, I'm definitely not turing it on before Thanksgiving..."
5. It hasn't even snowed yet. I'll just wait a few more weeks to get the kids a new sled.
Then it snows and THIS happens.
6. Snow in the forecast?! Oh, I'd better stock my house like a 1950s war bunker. I'm going to need at least 3 loaves of bread and 3 gallons of milk.
I've always wondered. Do we actually consume MORE bread and milk during snowstorms or are we just afraid we're going to suddenly start craving French Toast?
7. "Snow shovels are on sale...hmmm, I'm pretty sure my snow shovel from last year is still good." Of course, you've forgotten that you said that last year. Then this happened...
Followed by this.
And last but not least, THIS.
(Please see "Sleds" above.) Buy the snow shovel now. You'll thank me later. The same principle can be applied to snow boots and salt for the sidewalks.
8. Now that I have all of my winter supplies, I really should go shovel the drive / salt the sidewalk / take the kids sledding. Oh, look! Wine.
As long as it's in a winter-themed glass, it counts as a winter activity. At least, I'm pretty sure that's the rule.
9. FLORIDA. (Or anywhere that is warm at that exact moment).
Don't be ashamed. We all have moments of weakness. It's not a sign of your love of or loyalty to Virginia.
10. I would rather drive 4,758 backroads to get to my sister's house for the holidays than get NEAR I-95/64/81.
Besides, the backroads are just a whole lot prettier.
11. I will get all of my Christmas shopping and baking done early!
That's the spirit, you holiday optimist, you!
12. WHY do I always wait until the last minute?!!!
Ok, that's a little more like it.
13. I wonder if my Amazon Prime subscription is still good?
Now you're talking my language. Oh, look! Wine.
14. Let's see...I have approximately 190 days until I have to think about putting on a bathing suit. Oh, I can SO have that second piece of pie.
I am always the most optimistic about my summer diet in the winter.
15. I really can't wait until the snow is piled into 10-foot high drifts in the parking lot where it will sit getting dirtier and dirtier until it finally melts in March.
HAHAHA...I'm just kidding. No one says that. EVER.
16. But what we think the most during a Virginia winter is, "Wow." And for good reason.
We can make jokes about how it snows one day and is 70 degrees the next or complain about the icy roads or even wish for spring. But when the first snow falls and we stop to look around, we realize just how lucky we are to be right where are at that moment.
If you’ve spent enough winters in Virginia, you’ve thought at least a few of these things. But I’m sure you all have some other great things to add to the list, too. We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!