“Cheer up Sleepy Jean…”

Yesterday was…Well, it was a weird day. Incredibly stressful, long, and irritating. Why? Well for one thing, winter was finally visited upon us:


It doesn’t look so bad, but because of how much snow fell in such a short amount of time, I seriously debated on calling off from work. I’m a friggin’ baby when it comes to winter driving, because Brookings does such a crappy job at snow removal. I suppose I got spoiled growing up in a place like Cincinnati–With all the hills, the streets HAD to be cleared, or the city would shut down. I don’t know what it’s like down in Sioux Falls, but I know people from other small towns who are shocked at how poor the roads are in winter.


I will grant that all the snow on the trees does look rather pretty. It made for a rather harrowing drive to drop off the bambino at daycare, and then back across town to work. Luckily there weren’t too many people on the roads at the time, so that made things a lot easier. And I will give the City of Brookings some credit…They might do a truly craptastic job of snow removal, but the streets had actually been plowed by the time the bambino and I left the house…Unlike the last time we got snow.

Because of the winter weather and people being stuck indoors, it made for a rather long day at work. Plus, my anxieties about having to travel in the crappy conditions made for a restless night of sleeping Tuesday, so after lunch I just wanted to crawl under my desk and take a nap. Jay and the bambino picked me up, and since my efforts at convincing Jay to order pizza were unsuccessful, I got work on some warm, comfort food:


Soup, and some grilled cheese sandwiches, because man (er, Jay) cannot live off soup alone.


It’s a lighter soup–Filling, but not too heavy like a stew. It would make a good spring or fall meal, but I didn’t think it was quite up to the task of warming you up from a cold winter’s day.


There are lots of leftovers, so I think for lunch today, I might try bulking it up by tearing apart a piece of bread, then pouring the soup over top.

After we ate, I got all set to write up this post, but my hosting company had some server issues. And when I was finally able to blog, for some reason my photos wouldn’t show in the final entry, even though they did in the editor. Jay told me that was a sign to shut off the computer and just come to bed. So I did!

We’re actually supposed to get above freezing today, which hopefully means some of this snow will start melting. Early next week, we’re supposed to get into the upper 40’s–That’ll feel like a heat wave! But on that note, I must go and ready myself for the work day. Have a good one, everybody!

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2 Replies to ““Cheer up Sleepy Jean…””

  1. Sioux Falls is better about clearing the snow, but I don’t think they do enough sanding for the ice and packed snow at the intersections. I have gone sliding through more than once (scary stuff!). I’m a little bitter that we had such a mild winter while I was on maternity leave, though–the one time I’m able to stay inside for weeks on end! ;)

    • Funny–Sanding at the intersections is about the only thing Brookings IS good at in the winter! That is too bad about your maternity leave though…I remember enjoying just staying inside and snuggling on the couch with my son when he was a newborn. I miss that!

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