Discussion: Michigan and Snow

I won’t lie – I like the snow.

As a resident of Michigan, snow is a common think. Our state is shaped like a mitten (well, the lower peninsula is) and that implies that tells me we are destined for snow.

I’ve always liked it. When we were younger, my brothers and I could play in it in our backyard and roll snowballs down the hill, etc. It was quick and easy.

This year, we are having a mild start to the winter. We had some snow in November that I got to play with my daughter (she’s almost three) and that was a lot of fun. It was fun enough that I wanted to go out and buy some Carhart snow pants so that I wouldn’t be wearing only my jeans. Which is a lot – I don’t generally buy spendy items like that.  But it was fun and my daughter enjoyed it tremendously. Part of it was her connection to Olaf from Frozen but that’s for another day.

The point being – I like snow and Michigan is, in general, a good place to get it.

This year, however, we have had a fairly mild winter. We had some snow in November and some cold temperatures so far and that is about it. According to the coming weather forecast (and this is Michigan so take it with a heavy grain of salt) we’re going to get some more 50 degree days in the next week or so.

Which is odd.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I understand why some folks are grateful for the changes this winter. For Michigan drivers, snow is an expectation. People that are commuting into or out of the state complain, but most of the native drivers don’t seem to have a significant issue with it. Sometimes that does mean waking up extra early to shovel my driveway, but we’ve survived worse circumstances.

The point being – snow is a fun and enjoyable thing for most of the Michiganders that I know. The Upper Peninsula folks are even more used to it than those of us in the Lower Peninsula – but then they have a higher snowfall rate than we do.

It can be a lot of fun. Snowballs, snowmen, and sledding down a hill. When we moved, one of the appeals was a big hill nearby for sledding – though I don’t know that I told my wife that one.

Then,  once you are thoroughly chilled and excited – taken care of all of your snow fun and enjoyment – you get to go inside and have a nice cup of hot tea or hot cocoa while you slide under a blanket to gradually warm up. It’s a great way to spend a day!

So, I wonder, how do most feel about snow and cold? The internet is a free place!

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Game on – NaNoWriMo is coming.

So, it’s almost time for National Novel Writing Month. I’ve been working from my Guidebook on novel writing and thinkI’ll have everything I need ready to go when November 1st hits. Assuming nothing crazy happens, I’ll have some posts up here as I work through the work.

I’m also working on getting a few book reviews completed. I have had some trouble getting back in to pace on this blog – which is a problem. As I move forward in Fatewoven – editing, etc – I need to be more responsible here. My current job, however, had been a bit of madness and made it extremely hard to get the time to really focus on this.

I won’t say that Hyrule Warriors isn’t a significant part of that problem as well.

Anyway, I’m getting things up and running and ready to go. I should be getting updates more regularly here as well as over at my character journals. It’s been an exciting time. Expect a new book review on Friday.