December 21, 2008

Forced Hibernation

On Friday, Toronto got its first major snowfall of the season. It snowed continuously for about 12 hours, if not longer, and we ended up with somewhere around 15 or 20 cm of snow by the end of it. That's quite a bit of snow for the city, so you can imagine how much snow must've gotten dumped in the outskirts! Anyway, I am a HUGE fan of big winter storms, as long as I'm not driving, of course. I'm also a huge fan of walking in the middle of these big storms. Call me crazy, but walking in ankle-deep snow is an awesome workout. Besides, on days like these, most people stay indoors, so you get the streets all to yourself.

Anyway, Friday would've been a great day for a winter storm walk, except for the fact that there was no way in hell that I could've walked outside with my stroller in that storm. As much as I love my Bugaboo Bee, it is NOT suited for walking around in the middle of a major winter storm. Its wheels are just too small to navigate in 15cm of snow. As a result, I ended up spending all of Friday at home. I didn't mind so much, since it was a great stay-at-home day. I enjoyed sitting in my kitchen, watching the snow come down, while PK napped for 2 hours. Of course, by Saturday, I was itching to get outside.

I did get a call at one point on Friday from one of my mommy friends to see if I was up for a walk, and though I was very tempted to take her up on her invitation, I am glad that I stayed indoors that day. The snow wasn't ploughed from the sidewalks and from the street until well after 7pm on Friday, and even still, it was quite difficult to walk on the sidewalks the following day. We were out on Saturday to finish up our Christmas shopping, and had a hell of a time walking along the sidewalk on our street with our Bugaboo Bee. The stroller got stuck in the snow more than a few times, and poor little PK was bouncing around so much in there that I was starting to get worried. For once, I was jealous of those moms pushing around strollers with big-ass wheels.

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