“I’ve never see so much snow in my entire life…” I gushed to The Husband, whose two hands were gripping the steering wheel, back hunched over, eyes squinting through the frosted windshield to vigilantly watch the slushy highway. It was supposed to be a 4-hour drive from Washington DC to South New Jersey, but I knew we were defintely in it for an hour or two longer.
The skies were a depressing grey. The fields and hills were covered in snow that seemed to go on and on into oblivion. The streams, creeks, rivers and my feet were iced.
Unfortunately, the winter boots (faux suede, fleece lined Uggs) I brought were soaked through because of walking, or rather, sliding on melting ice and marching through piles of powdery snow with excited Obi in tow. My boots have served me well through the past winter in North Texas, but I guess never has it been tested this way. A baptism of rain and ice.
I used to laugh at people in Dubai who call their winters “winter”. That’s no proper winter! There’s no snow! And crap, I used to think our North Texas winters were for real. But now I think they are a joke too with the occasional and daily life stopping snow flurries and freezing rain.We actually drove out earlier than planned because we wanted to escape the ice and snow that buried (and by that I mean a few inches) our current home.
But then again, it looked like the ice and snow chased us up to the northeast. This is the real winter. It is not funny at all. And you will never know what you truly need in the winter until you experience it firsthand.
And so today, my browser is filled with tabs on waterproof snow boots. Is it too late to buy a pair? I just want to make sure that I don’t get icky wet and cold feet next time.
On the other hand, I came prepared bringing a stack of tights to wear under my jeans. I know my thighs are layered with insulating fat, but still, the winter cold seems to just pass through them like it was not there.
Oh, and also searching for dog-friendly restaurants. Apparently, most outdoor patios dedicated for dogs are closed during the winter. We were extremely lucky to have stumbled upon Cafe Ole in Washington DC, which actually had a covered and heated outdoor patio. So perfect for the biting cold winter with friends and Obi!
And because of all the itchiness from the dry winter skin (from the dry air of heating) even in the places where the sun don’t shine, I am now off to buy a bottle of ultra emolient lotion to rub all over my body.
Earlier this afternoon, the sun shone, the ice melted. But I checked my trusted weather app and it looks like snow will be coming down again in the days to come. Oh crap.
It will be just two weeks here and we will be back home again. In times like these, I am really glad I live in Texas.