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Winter Storm Warning

As I scroll through my Facebook and Instagram accounts I see some of my friends frolicking in the sun and surf getting away from our tundra.  I see other friends that live in the South wearing shorts and flip flops.  I am sending these people a silent salute with my middle figure because I we are getting dumped on with snow today.

It is still very much Winter here in Minnesota.  We are predicted to accumulate 5-7″.  It is not big storm, but enough to make things good and messy.  At least the temps tend to be a bit warmer this time of year so the kids can go out and play in it.

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Warmer or not, I am over Winter.  The Holidays are done, hockey seasons are coming to an end, and the Spring collections are out in the stores.  In this neck of the woods, we are still bundled up in our parkas stomping around in our heavy boots (and will be for at least another month).   I really yearn for green grass and leaves on the trees.  It seems like a long, long way away.

I do have to say I am pretty impressed that I am prepared for this line of weather.  I hit up the stores last night to get my winter storm essentials.  I got there before the crazy rush and got just left with the important things (booze, TP, and snacks).   I have a set Winter Storm Checklist that I follow in case of inclement weather to ensure we ride out the conditions with some level of comfort.  One can never be too prepared.

Carly’s Winter Storm Checklist

  • Beer, wine, liquor, and assorted drink mixers  (a MUST for being stuck inside, and yes it is NUMERO UNO on the list)
  • Ice for cocktails
  • Snowstorm Nutrition:  Doritos, Top the Tater, and Pizza Rolls
  • Cookies or Other Baked Treats
  • Vat of hot soup or chili (Comfort food)
  • Coffee and Toilet Paper (Staples that keep us from killing each other)
  • Netflix (binge worthy series)
  • Snowblower, Shovel, and Car Scraper Brushes
  • Gas for Snowblower
  • Child Labor to Dig out Driveway for Quick Exit to Hockey Practice
  • Hot Chocolate (for the kids and maybe my homemade Irish Crème)

I am not sure if am bummed out or excited that the snow is hitting us on weekend versus a weekday.  There is something fun about the anticipation of a snow day where school is called off.  Since I don’t see a snowmageddon in the forecast, our normal activities are in still on.  My daughter and I both have hockey games tonight.  We could get a foot of snow and hockey still would not be canceled.  Hockey never gets canceled as ice time is precious.  After the games, I plan on putting on cozy PJs, having a delicious Dirty Martini, and watching one of the many shows I have in my Netflix’s queue.  I am going to chose to enjoy it.

If we have to get the snow, lets make it really worth our time by getting a couple of feet of snow and set some records. Go big or go home is my motto.

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Welcome to Running on Ice

Welcome to Running on Ice!  I am Carly and this is my little sliver of the internet.   I will share my thoughts on being chronically over-scheduled with the daily demands of  family, career, and extra-curricular activities.  I am on a quest to get fit, learn to play hockey, and find my long-lost running legs all while trying to tame life’s relentless chaos.

A bit about me,  I am married to my college sweetheart and we reside in Minnesota (State of Hockey!).  We have 3 children; Two teen boys (15 and 13) and one tween girl (10).  Most of my time is spent working as an IT professional and being an unpaid Uber driver to my children.  We are a hockey obsessed family that spends the majority of our time in a cold ice arena.  We play, we watch, and we volunteer.  It is a rare day without this crazy sport in our house!

This blog is my version of a reality show as there is never a dull moment and always a funny story to be told.  This blog will my thoughts and ramblings on trying to stay sane while “having it all”.  The staying sane part is kind of like RUNNING ON ICE.