17 Things You Know If You've Survived An Iowa Winter

17 Things You Know If You've Survived An Iowa Winter

The most wonderful time of year, no?

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I apologize for any Iowa winter inaccuracy, I have not lived in Iowa for nearly five years now and you know..global warming and stuff. Winters may not be exactly the same.

1. Your garage or back porch serves as an outdoor fridge

Every family party we had, drinks were always in the garage or out back.

2. More snow means less mud

Dog owners will appreciate this. Your pup may be covered in snow flakes, but at least that is simply frozen water and not mud. Like i am dealing with here in Missouri, where it just rains and gets cold so my dog is wet and muddy and we are both irritated.

3. Snow Days are actually snow-filled days

Here in Southwest Missouri I'm all for class being cancelled but like if there is no snow or ice, please dont waste my time?? At least in Iowa, snow days are actual snow days. where you had better hit the grocery store before being stuck in your home till the streets are cleared.

4. Dry Skin. Dry Hair. Dry Everything.  

So much lotion, so much chapstick, yet still the cold will dry out my skin and leave me cracked and sad.

5. Your morning routine revolves around defrosting your window & warming up the car

You need to wake up like fifteen minutes early when you park your car outside. Turn it on, scrape the window, run inside and proceed to get ready for the day.

6. Odds are your dad has taught you a thing or two about car control while driving in bad winter conditions

Snow day? You mean driving lessons in an un-plowed parking lot? Turn into the fishtail, pump the brakes.

7. Accurately gauging the temp: Take the outside temp and subtract 30.

You may be thinking "what, why?" The wind! You have to take in account those Midwest winds, duh. The kind of wind that makes your car swerve a little when it gusts across the road.

8. Clearing your driveway too early into a snowfall and wasting all your effort because you just have to clear again when it finally stops snowing

I have done this before. You start shoveling the driveway because you know dad will ask you to later, and your out there while flakes are still falling. Two hours after you finish it will look like you never touched it!

9. Winter Emergency Car Kit 

It can be a little scary having to drive through snowy or icey conditions. It's good to keep a blanket, gloves, hat, scarf, flash-light somewhere in the car just in case. The last thing you want to be is slid off in a ditch with a totaled car and nothing to stay warm.

10. Having a friend with a snow plow attachment to their truck is the ULTIMATE connection

Why shovel your driveway when you can pay a pal in beer to clear it for you? Iowa currency = Busch Light

11. The entry way to your home is trashed during snowy months

Salt, melted snow, mud, and everything else that gets tracked in with snow boots. the floors by your front door are just a lost hope until these snowy months are over.

12. Shoveling part of your yard so the dog doesn't go potty on the porch or driveway 

Especialy with smaller dogs, unless you want them going potty on the porch, it is necessary to clear some snow off the grass for their little legs to go about doing their business.

13. Wearing multiple pairs of pants, socks, and gloves, just to go play in the snow

Now that I'm older it confuses me how much joy was brought from sledding that ended with snow in your pants and your fingers being numb.

14. You probably have at least one injury story of slipping on ice at some point

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My earliest memory is from when I was in kindergarten, I remember walking into school with my mom and slipping on the ice in the parking lot. Totally busted open my knee.

15. Losing power in winter conditions is like starring in your own apocalypse thriller

Is my phone going to die? Will the house stay warm enough? Will we freeze to death before the power returns?

16. The swarm of people at the grocery stores before a big storm

It sucks but you have to endure it. There mass of people are all here for the same reason. Know the layout of your store, make a game plan, and get in and get out.

17. Ironically, the big snow storms always arrive on Friday. Just to ruin the weekend 

Maybe it's some type of worldwide karma, but storms seem to always roll in Friday evening, so you cant cancel school but you have to cancel plans. Thanks for that Mother Nature.

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The Good, The Bad, And the SNow

Just like everything else, Snow is both good and evil ;)
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http://giphy.com/gifs/hulu-fox-family-guy-l2Sq727a...The first "major" snow of winter has arrived to the East Coast. While some places are more equipped to handle snow then others, there are still unforeseen circumstances that many, including myself, overlook. As I have to sit home for another two days because of flights, I've thought about all about some of the overlooked wonders and disasters snow provides. Here are my top ten realizations:


1. Take A Minute to Look at the Trees

Personally, I will always prefer palm trees over pine trees. The only exception is when it snows. The way the snow sits and coats the pine needles, makes them sparkle and makes me feel like I'm in a Christmas moving. Looking at the trees covered in snow is a great way to take a moment to relax.


2. Shoveling

Where there is snow there is ice, and trying to get rid of the snow means exposing the ice. You will slip, you will fall. Snow is heavy and very hard to move. It is next to impossible to get every inch of it and whatever you don't shovel up gets turned into ice.


3. How Much Your Dog Loves It

For most dogs, snow is new and exciting. They don't know what it is, but they don't want you to take it away. They will do anything and everything to make sure it doesn't go anywhere. They will run around and play in it for hours, and yes it is the cutest thing ever.


4. Transportation to Nowhere

When it's winter break and your classes start in two days there is nothing worse then your flight being cancelled. Until it is cancelled again and again and next thing you know, you can't get on a flight until halfway into the start of spring semester. YAY TRANSPORTATION!!


5. Hot Chocolate

Snow means freezing temperatures ~literally~. What better way to warm up then with a nice cup of warm happiness. Whoever decided to heat up chocolate is smarter then the person who discovered chocolate. Hot chocolate is the saving grace of winter.


6. Freezing Temps

Winter means it is cold. Like single digits cold. That means you have to bundle up and be completely dry. If your hair is wet it could freeze! Walking around a college campus in single digit temperatures is the worst.


7. Skiing and Tubing and Snowboarding! OH MY!!

Some of the best and most fun winter sports. If you've never been on a ski trip, you're missing out.


8. Piles on Piles on Piles

Snow. Never. Melts. If you're up north were it really does stay cold all winter long, meaning it could snow in December and you could still have snow piles in March. The more it snows, the higher the piles get, they longer they stay. This just makes life difficult.


9. NO MOSQUITOS

ITS TOO COLD TO GET EATEN ALIVE BY BUGS!!! You can sit outside and not get attacked, if you can face sitting outside! This is the best part about winter!!


10. There's Nothing to Do

Winter is a great refresher to sit and relax and not have stress for a little. Until you sit around doing nothing for three weeks. It is very easy to get bored in winter, especially when it snows. Being snowed in is nice at first, but you can only watch so many movies.

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I Absolutely Hate Saying Goodbye To Cold Weather

Will a few more months of winter really be that bad?

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On Sunny days I dream of cold and on cold days I dream of cooler. It's funny because I'm not like your typical southern gal. Born and raised In Columbia, SC, but I feel like deep down I have always been a northerner at heart. I just love cold weather.

Fall is my favorite season of course. I mean, honestly, what can you not love about fall! There are the leave changes, crisp cool weather and the ever anticipated fall fashion haul. I get excited just thinking about it. Now, most of my family is from up north, was born in the north or practically believes the north to be their second home. And then there's me. The girl who absolutely adores cool weather but has yet to travel up North. Weird right?

As I say my final goodbyes to the last weeks hopefully of winter. I think to the memories where my children with effervescent spirits may one day be able to experience a white Christmas, slope the great white slopes, sit and drink mocha by the crackling sounds of holiday fires and warm fuzzy sweaters.

As I speak with my northern counterparts they would disagree. In most cases, they would advise me that wanting to move up North would be one of the worst things ever! They remind me of the constant snow plowing that they have to sort through, the rundown metro stations and the lack of consideration towards all of these things. A constant reminder that unlike down south where we experience one pinch of snow, we go through what seems like a full government shutdown.

This I may miss, but weighing out all of my options and exhausting all needs.. I will still not want to say goodbye to cold weather.

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