Today, I am flying down to the sunny beaches of south Florida. It’s a work trip, so not that exciting. The weather is predicted to be beautiful and sunny with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s. It will be a huge contrast from the frigidity of Vermont. Here in Vermont, they are expecting huge amounts of snow over the weekend. I won’t be here for most of it, but if the heavy snow goes through Sunday night, I’m not sure our flight will make it out of JFK to get us back to Burlington. The weather up north is going to make our trip home rather iffy. If all goes as planned, we won’t get into Burlington until midnight. If that’s the case, I will probably stay in Burlington for the night and go home the next day. Maybe the snow storm won’t be as bad as they are predicting and travel plans will go smoothly.
It’s supposed to be -2° (Actually it was -7) when I head to work this morning. It’s going to be a cold week. It has been a very cold weekend. I have tried to stay in as much as possible though I did have a few errands I had to run Saturday and Sunday.
Today will probably be a busy day. We are getting ready for our traveling exhibit to go to Florida at the end of the week. It’s a lot of packing and preparing. I hope everything goes smoothly because there’s major worry that things will not. We are basically working with the development office which knows nothing about museum exhibition. They have gotten so many things wrong over the course of planning this exhibition that we can only hope and pray that things will go smoothly. I have every faith in my colleagues at the museum that we will get through this with a minimum of problems.
It’s supposed to snow all day today. This will be the first white Thanksgiving I’ve had in Vermont. Thanksgiving is expected to be a really cold day with highs expected to be between 10-15 degrees. With wind, I expect it will feel even colder. I am glad I’m only going downstairs for Thanksgiving dinner.
In other news, for the first time since moving to Vermont, I’m thinking of getting a small Christmas tree. I’ll probably decorate it with simple white lights and red and silver ornaments. I don’t know how well this will go over with Isabella, but we shall see.
The snows came yesterday. We got at least 6 inches of snow. No snow plow came to my apartment before work, when at least 4 inches had accumulated. When I got home, no snow plow came to get the 6 inches of accumulation. I texted my landlord to see why no snow plow had been by. They had been everywhere else around us, including the property he owns next door, yet no plow for us. The funeral home across the street was plowed 5 times yesterday; we were not plowed once. After waiting hours for a response from my landlord, I finally got one. He said he had talked to the plow driver and they had decided to let it melt on its own. He said it would be warm enough last night and today to melt it. I’m no physicist, but doesn’t the temperature have to get above freezing for snow to melt. The high today will be 22 with a low of 7. Tomorrow the high will be 28 with a low of 23, and Friday, we are expecting another 6 inches of snow. When will it melt? How will it melt? Am I missing something? Please tell me if I am, because I really want to understand.
The weather people are predicting heavy snow all morning, which probably means it won’t snow at all. Then Sunday, they say we are in for a nor’easter. Isn’t it too early in the season for a nor’easter? It’s not even winter yet. It’s going to be a busy day too. We have a major event at the museum this morning. It’s the first of the public programs I have fully developed on my own since taking over this new job. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it goes well and people actually show up. Then I am taking off this afternoon because I have a phone interview for a job back home. It would be a really cool job, and I’d be closer to family, but I don’t think they can match in salary what I am currently making. Even though I‘m quite happy doing what I‘m doing, if they offered me enough money, I‘d have to seriously consider it. Right now, it’s just a phone interview. So it will be a busy stress filled day today.
One of my favorite times of year is here. I love the fall in New England. It’s sweater weather. Back in Alabama, fall was just an extension of summer. It would be cool in the mornings, hot during the day, and cool at night…if the sky was clear. Here, the weather is just nice. I know it’s a little too chilly for some people. The snow has come too early. The winds are strong. All of that is okay by me. We haven’t had any heavy snow yet. Thank goodness, because I don’t get my snow tires until tomorrow. The thing is, the weather is wholly unpredictable. Yesterday, we were expecting just cloudy skies. What we got was sleet in the morning and snow all day long. None of the snow stuck, but it still snowed all day long. I had planned to drive down to New Hampshire and try out this Mexican restaurant that a coworker raved about, but with the iffy weather, I just stayed home. I’ll go for Mexican another weekend when the weather is nicer and more predictable. We are expecting some snow on Wednesday. One weather app says light snow and another says heavy snow. Who know if we will get either. The weather is unpredictable. About the only thing you can predict is that it will be cool enough for a sweater.
The cooling off has finally begun. That’s not to say we won’t have another warm spell, but for at least the next ten days, our highs will be in the 60s. I love this type of weather. I hate the heat. I’m okay with the cold, but it’s the cooler temperature in the fall and spring that I crave.
It’s still hot, but my air conditioner came yesterday. No more cooling off in front of the fridge. It really is nice. When I got home yesterday, the temperature inside my bedroom was 95 degrees. I was sweating up a storm trying to get my air conditioner installed. I got it installed and it works wonderfully. I slept in coolness for the first time in my apartment. It was heaven.
One of the reasons I moved out of the South was because of the heat. It was supposed to be cooler in Vermont. Temperatures are actually higher here in Vermont than they are in Alabama this week. I had to break down and buy an air conditioner. I’m not really supposed to have one in my apartment, but it’s too damn hot to survive without one. I live on the second floor and heat rises, making my apartment even hotter. I even took a cold shower, which helped for a few minutes, while I was in the shower, but it went back to being hot as soon as I got out. I hate the heat. I can only pray that my AC gets here before the projected July 5. At least the museum where I work has air conditioning. Who knew I’d be dying to go to work?
Last night, it was supposed to snow. We are getting close to the end of the snow season. I’ve been told we can get snow as late as May, but I think it’s winding down for the year. So one more night of snow, or at the very least ice, which is much more tricky. The news says that it will be a slick commute this morning. Luckily, I’m going in at 9 am, so maybe it won’t be as bad. I’m staying today until at least 5 pm to do some extra work on a special project. Hopefully, things will go smoothly with our special project.
UPDATE: If there was any ice or snow last night, I missed it. Everything was dry (relatively for mud season) and it was above freezing.