Why do I rant about the snow and cold when I live in Ohio?
Because I can.
Because I'm sick and freaking tired of all the snow. And the below zero temperatures. And the fact that since December 20 my kids have had 13 days of school (or something like that).
I have actually LOST COUNT of the number of "snow days" their district has called since the first full week of January.
Oh, and we've also had 62.8 INCHES OF SNOW since that first snowfall back in December. That would make the 2013-14 winter the FIFTH SNOWIEST WINTER ON RECORD for northwest Ohio.
In like all of history.
I'm going to complain about the snow.
And the cold.
And the never-ending snow days.
And no, I'm not going to move to Florida anytime soon because (1) we own a house here in Ohio, (2) my husband's job is in Ohio, (3) my kids' school is in Ohio, (4) my family lives in Ohio.
So for all you who might be sick and tired of hearing your friends up north "complain" about snow and ice and cold temperatures, I have one thing to say: Too damn bad.
After the winter we've been dealing with we have earned the right to bitch and moan about how miserable we feel. If you haven't lived in an area where it snows all the time or the wind chills have regularly been below zero or the kids have had more snow days than school days, then you really have no idea what it's like.
At this point, our kids are going to be in school until mid-June or later, the snow isn't going to melt until about April, and the extended forecasts are calling for more snow and more "polar vortex" like temperatures.
Oh, and in case you're wondering...NO this is NOT a normal winter for Ohio. Ask anyone who lives here and they'll say they've never seen anything like this. School administrators have said they've never dealt with this in their entire school careers.
So we aren't just bitching about a "normal" winter. We're miserable. And we're cold. And we would give anything to have a "normal" winter.
If you're sick and tired of hearing the northerners complain about winter you should probably just mute all of us on Facebook and Twitter because we still have at least six more weeks of this crap (according to the rodent from Pennsylvania). And I'm sure we'll be bitching about it until the grass turns green and the flowers bloom.