Rollin’ with the windows down

Oh, North Carolina… She has some issues. Some weather issues, to be exact. She’s never quite sure if it’s supposed to be warm or cold, so the weather just jumps back and forth for a while.

We had a couple of snow days at the end of January. It was 61-degrees just the day before. Then we had a few more last week. Turns out, the snow in January was a bit of a joke compared with what was to come in the following weeks.

North Carolina is not well equipped to deal with wintry weather. We don’t have the work force or the trucks to salt all of the roads or to plow them afterwards. Plus, most people around here don’t drive in the snow, much, so it’s always a challenge if we get more than an inch or two. And this time, we got about 6-inches and a nice layer of ice right on top. You may have seen some of the crazy pictures coming out of the area of people sitting in traffic for hours, cars being abandoned, people walking miles home and even vehicles on fire. They are all true.

But what’s even crazier is the fact that just a week after all of that, we are sittin’ pretty in 70 degree weather. A high of 30-degrees one week, 72 the next.

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But I won’t complain about that. Even though the constant weather changes tend to give me a pretty bad headache. (Yes, just one that lasts the entire couple of weeks while the weather makes up its mind as to what it’s going to do.) There is just something about that first warm day in a while that feels so amazing. That’s the reason I don’t think I could live somewhere where it’s warm all of the time. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, I suppose.

I’ve been really tired recently. Part of it has to do with the fact that I’ve been having trouble sleeping, but part of it is something else… I’m not sure what, exactly. But getting out of bed in the morning has felt impossible. Getting up early to do any sort of work out just hasn’t been happening.

Tdriving window down wind sun warm spring summer car stephanie hughes stolen colon crohn's disease ulcerative colitis inflammatory bowel disease ibd bloghese past couple of days, feeling the warm sun again, rolling down the windows and turning up the radio… they made me feel awake again. I would never want my mood to depend on the weather, but if I’m being honest, it happens. Waking up in the morning and driving to the gym in the cold in order to go for a run or a swim sounds like one of the worst things in the world when 5:00 a.m. is staring you in the face.

I hope the warm weather is here to stay, but I know North Carolina better than that. And already in the 10-day forecast there are some snow flurries back in there. It will likely be another month before the temperature settles towards the warm side. But I will take any opportunity I get to sing at the top of my lungs as the wind blows through my open window.


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