100 Days of Joy: Day Eighteen

Today it snowed. In North Carolina, it snowed in December. Now, Carolinians–well, southerners in general–do not know how to handle snow as is. We get a couple days about once a year, most years. But never in December. The beginning of December!

This morning I and my co-workers walked into work, laughing that the weatherman predicted snow. We are all too familiar with the failed forecast and extreme over reaction of those around us, buying out every bit of milk and bread the world has in order to watch salted roads that never see a single flake. Plus, it wasn’t supposed to snow until tonight and that was after rain. No way it would stick, if it even fell. 

But of course, by noon the snow is falling. Snow. Full, big, fluffy snowflakes. But surely it wouldn’t stick — it stuck. At 2pm I was standing in a room surrounded with windows, cringing as cars began go be caked in white. 

The rest of America makes fun of us, the memes on Facebook are countless, the jokes and vibes are all very clever. The thing is though, we don’t know how to handle snow. Roads are not properly prepared and still they fill with people who have no idea how to drive in it.

Not only that, but it was building up fast. An hour later and I’m getting told the roads are slick. That’s when I call it, grab my things and make my way into the madness. 

Snow was falling and I had to wipe an inch off all my windows to even be able to drive. Walking to my car, I had to carefully navigate through slush, trying not to fall on my ass. It’s happened plenty of times before. 

Thankfully I was able to get onto the road where cars were backed up, driving up to 5 miles an hour. I crawled through to the store where every single cart was in use. I snagged the only basket available which only had one handle, but I made it work. Then I made it home, so thankful nothing too crazy happened. 

All in all, today was up and down with a real struggle to not fall into the pits. Probably due to the cold and dark skies, it would have been so easy to just give in to my emotions and lose it, but I refused. 

When I got home, it was still hard. I went through normal human emotions, frustration and anxiety. So I put in “Big Bang Theory” and I laughed. One episode and I had my happy back. 

I don’t like cold, and while I think snow is beautiful to look at, I don’t want to be out in it. But I’m going to focus on happy things, laugh and use the time indoors to work more on my book. I’ll turn on my Christmas lights and get lost in the joy and time with my boys. It may be freezing, and we may end up stuck inside for a couple days, but I’m going to keep my happy. 

How do you stay positive in the cold, cloudy days and when you’re snowed in? Share some ideas!

Until then, watch some “Big Bang Theory”, that and “Friends” are my go-to happy shows. Highly recommend. 


Erika the Unicorn Queen 

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