Friday, December 31, 2010

Winter Storm hits the desert?!

Happy New Years Eve to all. I hope everyone is able to celebrate with family, friends, or loved ones tonight! And -- I hope everyone has a safe evening!! Be careful out there!

We are finally experiencing some "weather" here in Tucson.

I use "quotation marks"...because this "weather" the Tucsonan's are FLIPPING OUT over is just a "chilly October Day" in North Dakota (where I came from)

Yesterday morning...I was getting off work. I could hear the wind blowing, and the rain falling throughout the night. There were moments where...I kind of want to crawl into one of the hospital beds and take a snooze.

When 7:30 am rolled around, I was very anxious to go home after 3 nights on. I was ready to BOLT out the door....

...when I was stopped by an oncoming shift coworker, who stated, "Abby, maybe you should stick around until the weather clears up. It's pretty bad out there...."

FEeling concerned, I asked, "Really? Are the roads icy?? Is it snowing? Is there black ice? Is the visibility poor?"

In a very matter of fact and honest voice she replied, "No. But it's raining. And the winds are strong."

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My smart-ass, sleep-deprived self really wanted to say, "Ohhh...so you're saying the world is ending then."

But, I figured that was inappropriate, and just smiled and responded with, "I think I can manage."

I'm still the quiet girl at my new place of work.... Hesistant to show too much wit or sarcasm.

People that live in warm climates make me chuckle. It's RAIN, people. Come to North Dakota -- where people drive in zero-visiblity, black-ice, full-blown, death-chilling snow storms.

And our weather man gets concerned about temperatures that reach below 32 (not 32 below). Although this rant comes off angry. I'm not angry. I think it's cute! It's kind of like the kids who don't know what a VCR is.

Now, I realize not ALL people "dwelling" in warm climates have this viewpoint. But it's really funny those that do.

So, to those of you in the midwest battling those snow-storms -- be safe and cuddle up tonight! And to those of you living in the southwest.....:

THIS IS A STORM WARNING. POSSIBILITY FOR SEVERELY COLD WEATHER TONIGHT. TEMPERATURES MAY REACH AS LOW AS 32. PLEASE COVER YOUR LEMON TREES. WEAR AN UMBRELLA. WIND MAY CAUSE YOUR UMBRELLA TO GET FLIPPED UPSIDE DOWN. SO BE SURE YOU DON'T BUY YOUR UMBRELLA AT WALMART. WINTER COATS MAY NEED TO BE PURCHASED.

:) Goodbye, 2010....Hello 2011! :)


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6 comments:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

The funny thing is that 30 degrees feels warm to us now! It's been in the 30s the last couple of days and has felt amazing! Kind of funny how 'cold' is subjective. In October, I would have said 30 was cold. now it feels warm. ;)

Happy new year to you and Ryan. See you 2 weeks from TODAY. :)

B and B said...

This reminds me of last winter when Paul and I were walking barefoot on the beach and there were people looking from the boardwalk wearing coats, mittens and stocking caps. We were enjoying the "warm" weather and the Floridians were freezing.

Stay warm! Enjoy the fireplace!!!

Marlys said...

Oh, if they could have seen the back to back storms we just had, they wouldn't believe it! We have a 3 ft. high bank in front of our front door at home that we didn't have a chance to shovel yet! The south sidewalk at the office is buried under at least 4 ft. of snow and where do you put it! If we put it in the street, the city will fine us! Woe is me! And now we are going into the deep freeze for the next week or so. Enjoy your temps even though I see they are colder than normal for you!

Marlys said...

We heard that Dave Hanson was taken by ambulance the other day while shoveling. I haven't heard an update yet, but he is awfully young to have heart problems! The snow we got came with such a wind, that it is hard and crusted - very difficult shoveling! I pray he is alright.

Mama Nastase said...

Abby, this entry cracked me up! But it's so true. Your "weather announcement" was especially funny. I have to admit to being a little thrilled when I heard on the news there were "blizzard" warnings for our county! ha ha

P.s.-Marlys, hope your neighbor is ok!

Marlys said...

Dave Hanson, our school elementary principal, did have a mild myocardial infarction. I haven't heard if he is home yet or what treatment he received, but imagine his shoveling days in bitter cold ND are over!