I have spent approximately 2.5 hours today shoveling snow. This particular winter storm involved a mix of snow and ice and so this shoveling has been taxing physical labor. The upside is that at least it feels productive, which I can't say of much else I did today.* I went through credit card statements highlighting business expenses. I bought a plane ticket for an upcoming event. I paid some bills. I tried to start a book (Girl with a Pearl Earring) but I could not get into it. So I haven't even done much reading.
But I've decided that it's OK. I am snowed in (literally, we can't get the cars up the driveway, even after 2.5 hours of shoveling!) I also finished a lousy first draft of chapter 7 in Off the Clock yesterday, which means that I have something resembling a full draft. I added it up: 49,000 words. All written since January 1. There is much to add, and my whole survey to do (if anyone has some survey execution expertise I may need to hire some help with the project: email me lvanderkam at yahoo dot com). But that is a solid start. Maybe I just need a break. Too bad the break can't involve running off to Tahiti or something. At least until I finish shoveling my driveway.
Do you have any snow day survival strategies? I'm really ready for it to be spring.
*G (nanny) stayed overnight so while I have been helping with kid stuff, I have not been "on" all day with them.
Photo: Forsythia in the snow. The flowers are ready for it to be spring too!