Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Worst winter ever!

The optimist in me says that means we will have the best possible race day conditions for every spring marathon anyone in New England is training for right now.  I have only run once since Disney. Disney was a month ago! That means, yeah, you guessed it I have only run once in the last month. And I am starting to go a little stir crazy. Scratch that, A LOT stir crazy. If I don't get back into a normal routine of running soon I may need to be institutionalized.

On top of not running, each of the storms we have gotten in the last three weeks have been on Mondays meaning I have not been able to go to my pole fitness classes either. It's seriously bumming me out.

The only exercise I have been getting is shoveling for 3-4 hours EVERY DAY. And then.....oh yeah, there's more......None of my ungrateful annoying idiot neighbors (with the exception of one) even bother to say thank you.

Here's a great story for you all about how great and helpful and neighborly my neighbors are, a few weeks back during the first real bad snow storm we got, I shoveled out the entire street in front of our property and cleared the snow out from in front of EVERYONE'S cars, then it snowed maybe another 3-6" overnight and the plows created small mounds in front of everyone's cars that I then went out and cleared AGAIN. This process took me a solid 3 hours and just as I was finishing up one of my neighbors came out to clean off her car. I asked her if she could help me out and brush off my car real quick, nothing fancy, not asking for a full detail or anything, just 2 minutes of her time. She responded, "nope, bye" got in her car and left.

If it doesn't stop snowing soon, I may need to sequester myself for the protection of my idiot neighbors because if one more of them complains about the snow without first THANKING me for all the hard work I have done to shovel it all for them, I might hit them with the shovel, and not just once. I want to hit them over and over again OR shovel all of the snow directly onto their porches with a note that says, You're Welcome! Like I said in my last post, it's Snow Rage and it is taking over all of New England.

I desperately need to go run off all this anger and frustration and stress.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Snow Rage

Ok, I'm going to go off topic. But first a quick update - I started the year off in Disney completing the Dopey challenge again. It was awesome. Then I got sick and had the worst cold ever for like 3 weeks. Then it started snowing and literally hasn't stopped for over a week. It's friggin' ridiculous. I have about five feet of solid accumulation in my town and snow banks and drifts that are twice as high. So, this is my off topic rant.

I was enjoying a relaxing snow day yesterday when around 5:00 one of my neighbors just about beat my door down. To be fair, I do have a sign up that says the door bell is busted knock on the door. She proceeds to start screaming at me because she came home from work and nothing had been shoveled and the snow drifts near her porch (way in the back) are waist deep and she has to go park in a garage and then walk a half an hour back (because of the citywide parking ban) then shovel to get to her door AND someone stole her shovel. How is any of this my fault???? It's not. The crazy guy upstairs from me volunteered to be responsible for snow removal and he personally pays guys that work for him (that I'm pretty sure are illegal and/or just released from prison). Well, he didn't do sh*t yesterday. 
So, now, I have to suit up and go outside and shovel when I'm just about to pass out on my couch watching the news. It gets even better, so I'm out there shoveling the entire property by myself. No one else comes out to help. No one EVER says thank you. It sucks to shovel because of the uneven bricks in the walkways, the shovel catches and gets stuck and kicks back at you when you push it through the snow. And there was over a foot out there. I get all the way around the walkway and see that some crazy guy, most likely my idiot neighbor shoveled a small path alongside the walkway, but NOT the actual walkway. Irritated, cold, and pissed off, I shovel all the snow from the actual walkway into the stupid path. He comes out pushes past me and goes to inspect my handy work then comes back and starts calling me an idiot and yelling at me.
I said to him, there was room to throw the snow so that's where I threw it. I guess he paid one of his guys to shovel out a little path for his dog to have a place to "go". He starts going off on me about how we should have enough money to pay for snow removal and I say we don't. I say every year at the condo meeting we need to raise the condo fees if we want to afford such services, but everyone refuses to raise the fees. And he just starts yelling at me that I'm useless and I'm stupid and can't do anything. So I put my head down and continue to finish shoveling and ignore him. He continues yelling at me saying that's right that's all you can do, blah blah blah. OMG. He's so dumb and angry and out of control there is no sense trying to have a rational conversation with him. I seriously HATE this guy and if he yells at me again I am getting a restraining order against him.

I am really really getting sick of everyone blaming me when our condo is such a small community (only 8 units) that agreed to try and help each other out rather than raise the fees in order to pay for a property management company to do all the snow removal and landscaping. It makes me sick with anxiety and stress just thinking about it and I have to schedule our annual meeting this month. If he comes into my house and starts yelling at me I will call the police.

I think these back to back storms is causing a new phenomenon - Snow Rage. Like road rage, but caused by the snow. Having to shovel for hours, being trapped indoors for days, fighting for parking spaces, etc. I seriously starting to feel like Jack Nicholson in the Shining. All snow and no running, makes me a very unhappy person.