It started around 4am, and snowed until 2:00 or so. Probably nine inches or so? I didn't measure it. Instead, I waited until it had stopped falling, then bundled up in fleece and alpaca-wear to brave the weather and shovel.
It took me an hour and a half to do my sidewalk, front walk, and long long driveway. These are the days I wish my garage was closer to my house! On the plus side, at least my car was parked cozy inside the garage, so it isn't covered in snow. I didn't actually drive it anywhere, but tomorrow I will have a nice clear driveway to use. Unfortunately the street is not yet plowed, so I might go no farther than the end of my driveway. Hopefully the trucks will come do the side-streets at some point soon.
There was enough snow that it required a lot of lifting and tossing, instead of just pushing. When I came back inside, my hands and forearms were really tired/shaky/weak from all the lifting they had been doing. In fact my hands were so tired that when I picked up my phone to check my voicemail, and I found that I didn't actually have enough fine motor coordination to push the buttons. Wow, that's a lot of shoveling! I'm pleased though: I got a good workout and accomplished something. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
When I finally managed to work my phone again, I called M to see how he had survived White Death 2008. He made it through just fine, even though he drove to work this morning before most of the roads had been plowed. I told him about my shoveling triumph, and he recommended a hot bath.
Upon realizing that I'd recently received some bath gel from SGW, I decided that was the perfect solution. "Well," he said, "that's what your Personal Physician's Assistant recommends."
"Since it's medically advised... I'll do it! I always take the advice of my Personal PA."
"Yes of course, I always follow doctors' orders! I'm a good patient."
"I think that's been proven untrue."
"Well, I always follow orders when they make sense to me, or when they're convenient, or they go along with what I want to do...."
"I suppose it's worked out for you thus far," he said. Then he told me, "I'm still deciding if I'll shovel my driveway tonight, or tomorrow morning."
"Well your Personal Java Developer recommends that you wait until tomorrow to shovel. Just relax tonight."
"All right then, I will."