Wednesday, February 10, 2021

WW: Polar Vortex

OK I'm not ACTUALLY SURE the weatherpeople are officially calling it a polar vortex, but it's cold AF here and will be for the forseeable future. Too cold for me to ride (frankly it's so cold it's irritating my breathing so even chores are a stretch outside), so I'm mostly huddled in front of the woodstove binge reading all my favorite book series when I'm not working -- or I'm in the (insulated, climate controlled lol) garage on the treadmill, since some work friends and I banded together to do a couch to 5K program together to get motivated and stay accountable!

We'll get there when we get there!
Although the app I'm following didn't show me how the workouts are supposed to overlay on the calendar and I'm already done with my first "week" of workouts 3 days in. So. Oops?

I had a bit of a mental breakdown last week about the lack of space to work and so I manically rearranged furniture and put a bandaid on the situation for another month or so. We are currently pricing out what an addition would cost (yeah, less than a year after closing the construction loan, ain't life grand? haha), or another option would be working out of the Taj MahTeal. Still waiting for more details about my agency's more formal WFH policy before I do anything rash, but I am ITCHING for a more permanent workspace. 

My dad sent me my favorite cookies from back home, and THANK GOD because my order of Girl Scout cookies is lost somewhere in Olathe, KS and delayed by weather. 

Weather like this, presumably. 

Back when it was still sort of "pleasant" last weekend. Ha.

The ONLY upside is that Trigger is back to normal turnout because its too frozen to be muddy at all.... haha. It's the small things! Of course, changing his bandage is a BITCH because it's so cold the duct tape won't stick to itself. Hooray. One problem solved, so a new one crops up. 

Temps dropped quickly when the snow arrived!

So. Cold. 

We dropped round bales over the weekend, and plugged the tractor in first to warm it up. Apparently it blew the breaker my tank heaters were on, so now we have an extension cord maze to prevent that from happening again. Ruby was a good sport about drinking from the trough once I hammered some holes in it, and within about 12 hours the poor heater caught up and all the water was thawed. 

Jack thinks this weather is bullshit, but he does like his cozy winter blanket. 

"This is bullshit"
(waiting for us to bring her a fresh bale haha)

It's so cold I can't wear gym clothes to run, I'm running in my base layers, which definitely makes for a LOOK. Thankfully no one can see me ;) 

Dug out an old heated bucket. I don't even want to know what my electric bill will be next month!

Watched a shitty football game over the weekend. 

IDK I might take the spiders at this point.... 

One bright spot has been this awesome coat -- thanks for the inspiration Teresa!

It's very warm. And obvs I love the color. 

Had to drive to a chiropractor's appointment and the roads were disgusting (I stopped in the middle of the road to take the picture, don't @ me, there was no one around for miles). 


When I was trying to talk myself into going out and running before work started yesterday morning. I was unsuccessful. I ran at lunch instead! 


My fat birbs don't seem to mind, I am refilling feeders like every other day (or daily in the case of their corn basket lol). 

Anyway. That was a lot of photos to say it's frickin' freezing and very quiet over here, and probably will be for some time! Situation relatively normal for this time of year in central MO. The sun will come out and it will warm back up again eventually, and then all the ice will melt and it will be a muddy pit of despair, and then maybe around April or May things will start greening up and I'll regain my will to live :) 


  1. I can't say I'm jealous of your cold, per se, however I really miss frozen ground this time of year because in NC we don't really get winter, we just get mud season for four months and I am OVER IT.

    Stay warm! Major kudos for your couch to 5k, that takes some big motivation in your weather!

    1. Yeah we tend to have cold snaps that briefly freeze the ground, but this is definitely one of the longer ones in recent memory! I'm sure as soon as it thaws I'll be complaining about the mud again haha.

  2. yeah. Here too. Also, Theresa made me buy a new coat also!

  3. God I feel you. Same situation here. I just decided, "whatever, Archie's on vacation" even though we have an indoor. When it's that cold, my asthma kicks up bad and it's no fun to ride.

    1. Yeah even with an indoor I don't think I'd be riding right now haha. The horses are fine, they'll pick back up when its not so godawful cold! :)

  4. What's unbelievable is we have near those same temps in Texas. I rode last night in sub-freezing (I know) and couldn't feel my hands or feet afterward. We just have to make it through the weekend, right?

    1. Haha maybe Texans just have to make it through the weekend, but we won't be getting a break from it for at least another week, if not longer 😭🥶

  5. The fridge meme cracked me up. Stay warm! I hope this frigid spell passes quickly for you.

    1. Looks like we might creep back up near freezing in about 8 days *sob* I guess the only silver lining is that since I am still WFH, I can run the woodstove 24/7 instead of the furnace so hopefully that keeps the electric bill down a little lol. This too shall pass!

  6. It's dumb AF. I'll do light rides when it's in the 20s but it's freaking even too cold for that!

    WTF Missouri?

    1. I mean... Maybe it kill the bugs off a little? Maybe? Ughhhhhhh hate.

  7. 1. what is that incredible sarcastic weather app? I need. Although here is So cal it would be well, its 75 and sunny again. Aren't you glad you pay over 2k a month for a one bedroom apartment to live here?

    2. Are you pumped on the new KMM release? I decided to re-read the whole fever series to get ready for it. Its like putting on a warm blanket and going to my happy place.

    1. Haha the weather app is called WTForecast 🤣 it's my favorite!

      Yasssss I finished my reread yesterday and started KOSAL and I can already tell I'm gonna ugly cry when it's over 😭😭😭 so grateful to KMM for such an emotional journey!

    2. Right?! At first I was just going to re-read high voltage and go to KOSAL, but since the books are so tightly linked I decided to go alllll the way back to the beginning.

      I can’t believe the series started in 2006!! Like a lifetime ago. I was mac’s age when I started reading it 😂. I never want it to end!

    3. I have read the original 5 and Iced so many times I have them practically memorized (since I actually didn't discover the series until the first 5 were complete, thank God!), so I started and Burned, but I'm glad I did... there were a bunch of little things I had forgotten that are coming back into play already and I'm SO EXCITED to see how she wraps it up! I was probably also Mac's age when I started reading it but I didn't start until 2011 hahahaha. I hope you enjoy KOSAL as much as I am! Feel free to hit me up on social media if you wanna chat about it when you're done reading!