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I love a good blizzard!

Nemo is wearing a Kate Spade hat.

Nemo is wearing a Kate Spade hat.

Well, “Nemo” definitely found his way to New England [side note: I’m not really sure how I feel about naming blizzards, but I am definitely riding this Nemo wave]. I was planning on coming home for the weekend anyway, so when BSU gave us a snow day yesterday, my dad came down in the morning to pick me up. Here in the Merrimack Valley we got an average of 2 feet of the white stuff. Some places got more, some got less.

I think I made the right call in deciding to weather the storm at home with my family rather that stick it out in the dorms. Bridgewater State lost power last night, and according to what I can tell from friends and Twitter, it’s still not on. Also, I hear that they’re running out of food in the dining halls? That’s definitely not good.

On the other hand, my house is toasty warm and we haven’t lost power once. Yesterday and today have been spent curled up next to the fire, watching movies and consuming copious amounts of junk food with my mom. Blizzard, schmizzard…we’re in heaven! Meanwhile, the menfolk were sent outside to snowblow us out of this mess. I am definitely grateful for that!

Below, I’ve put together some pictures that my mom took of my sister trying to walk our dog, Madison, earlier. Whenever the weather gets bad, the show dog in Maddy comes out. God forbid snow mess up her hair or she smell like wet dog. The snow was over Madison’s head, so Hannah had to actually carry her around!

hannah

Were you hit by the storm? How much snow did you get? Do you still have power? Leave it in the comments!

xoxo, Karoline

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Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil this morning. Image © Gene J. Puskar / AP

Well, Punxsutawney Phil has spoken, and we’re getting six more weeks of winter.  Wait…WHAT?? As far as I’m concerned, winter never came.  Here it Massachusetts it was a balmy 62˚ yesterday.  We’ve had a few snowflakes here and there, but it’s February and there hasn’t been any lasting snow.  I think we’re in some sort of weird waiting period between fall and spring.

I know it’s not a question of global warming…out west they’ve been getting tons of snow, and in Alaska they’ve been getting so much that they’re scared the roofs are going to collapse.  Also, in Europe, the World Cup ski resorts have been enjoying lots of great snowfall.  SO WHY AREN’T WE GETTING WINTER HERE IN THE NORTEAST?

The northern ski resorts haven’t really been getting snow until the last couple weeks, so I’m excited to head up to New Hampshire and Vermont in the coming weeks.  But is it really too much to ask for a little wintry weather closer to home?  I mean I live in Massachusetts, not Florida…it should be easy to get a little snow.

So I’m sorry, Phil, but you can keep your stupid prediction.  Winter can’t stay for another six weeks if it was never here in the first place.

What do you think? Are you miserable in this non-winter like me?  Or are you loving the warmer temps?

xoxo, Karoline

Ski Season is Upon Us!

This past weekend marked the start of my favorite sports season–no it’s not football, baseball, or hockey–it was the start of SKI season.  And I couldn’t be any more thrilled!  The FIS Alpine World Cup kicked off on Saturday and Sunday with men’s and women’s GS in Söleden, Austria.  And, much to my delight, two Americans won!

Lindsey celebrating her 1st GS win. (image courtesy US Ski Team)

My boy, Ted Shred, looking mighty victorious. (image courtesy US Ski Team)

Now, I still haven’t gotten the chance to watch the races online yet (darn midterms), but I do know the results because I’ve been playing Fantasy Ski Racer with my dad and some of the LHS Ski Team alumni.  I’ve always been a fan of fantasy sports (especially baseball!), but something about fantasy ski racing is too good to be true.  My family is competitive to begin with, but now that we’re picking the results to our favorite sport, I think the rivalry is going to get pretty intense.  I’m thinking it’s gonna be a tight race come January.

However, all of this talk about ski racing really makes me want to get out there and hit the slopes.  My one problem?  There’s no snow yet!

C'mon, Ullr, send me some snow!

I know, I know: it’s only October and I can’t really complain until December, but I’m really starting to feel that skier’s itch!  I just want to be in the mountains!  I guess I’ll just have to keep sane by watching the Söleden races and watching Warren Miller movies on Netflix.

What do you do to deal with the pre ski season itch?

xoxo, Karoline

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