The Sunday Salon – February 3rd Edition

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Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Are you excited? I’m not. I love football, but neither of these teams really interests me. The commercials have been so lackluster in past years that I’m really not looking forward to them either. As for the halftime show, I like Beyonce but I’m ambivalent about her too. I will, however, be on Twitter to read all of the sarcastic comments that people post on big events like this. Often, Twitter is more entertaining than the event itself. Still, I know I will watch it because it is football and the biggest game of the year. My love of football is greater than my ambivalence towards the entire spectacle, it seems.

If football is not your thing, check out The Big Game’s On Readathon – a great alternative to watching grown men tackle each other over a small piece of pigskin.

Mother Nature has a sense of humor, although I am not certain she and I think the same things are funny. Her latest prank? Gracing us with 60 degree weather and an honest-to-goodness thunderstorm for one day and then allowing us to wake up the next day to a full-blown winter storm with four inches of snow on top of a decent sheet of ice followed by another round of arctic (meaning temperatures in the single digits) weather. Fun times indeed.

The beauty about living in Wisconsin though is that the people in this state DO know how to drive in wintry weather. Even though I would consider Cincinnati part of the Midwest and therefore accustomed to winter weather, i.e. snow and ice, Cincinnatians were always so horrible about that sort of thing, and snowstorms would bring out the worst in drivers. Accidents, delays, super-slow speeds – it made commuting in any sort of snowy conditions an absolute nightmare. This is in addition to their sheer panic at the mere hint of snow. They frequently would delay the start of school, if not cancel it outright, at the possibility of any sort of accumulation, and the office was typically a ghost town on snowy days. Not so in Wisconsin. Not only did nothing shut down during this latest snowstorm, but every single one of my coworkers showed up to work and lasted the entire workday. People drove cautiously but not going so slow as to back things up or cause accidents. Even with the storm raging, the roads were mostly clear, and my commute was only five minutes longer than normal. It is so wonderful being back in a state that behaves properly in winter. Take that, Cincinnatians!

The #shineon is in full swing. You need to join us. All the cool kids are doing it. ;)

I am trying something different this year – monthly recaps that include more than just books. How did your January stack up against mine?

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22 Responses to The Sunday Salon – February 3rd Edition
  1. diane
    February 3, 2013 | 7:33 PM

    I'm not excited about the Super Bowl as New England isn't in it:) But, I will watch for the commercials. My husband is excited – he likes football no matter who plays:) Enjoy your nice weather.

  2. Megan
    February 3, 2013 | 7:52 PM

    I'm excited to eat wings and pizza, but I'm not too invested in who wins the game. ;-)

    I wish I lived somewhere where people knew how to drive in winter weather (er, not that I really want us to have more practice, exactly). I work in healthcare, so there are no snow days for me. I also live in Pennsylvania where a small snowstorm is a big catastrophe. Just this week I was stopped at a red light in the middle of what anywhere else would be considered a very minor snow storm and got (lightly) rear-ended by the woman behind me whose snow driving skills are (obviously) in question. Thankfully it wasn't anything too serious, but argh, what a pain. >:-(

  3. softdrink
    February 3, 2013 | 8:57 PM

    But it's the Ravens! Poe! Football meets literature!

    Of course, we're rooting for the Niners, seeing as how they're a CA team. And using it as an excuse to pig out on sandwich fixings.

  4. litandlife
    February 3, 2013 | 9:13 PM

    I've been really frustrated with the way they've been clearing the roads here lately. I don't so much mind the delays, just means every is driving carefully and I don't have to worry. But I've noticed lately that there are a lot more times that is required because the roads just didn't get cleared well enough. Of course, the last snowfall we had was 6" when only 2" were predicted. Usually I just adjust my schedule a bit so I hit the roads a little earlier or later than usual. It would kind of be nice not to ever have to deal with it, though, wouldn't it?!

  5. readerbuzz
    February 4, 2013 | 12:33 AM

    We are all so disappointed that Houston didn't make it to the SB that we can't get up much enthusiasm for those who are playing today.

  6. Michelle
    February 4, 2013 | 2:32 AM

    Diane – That's usually me. I tend to like football no matter who plays. I just could not get excited about the game this weekend. Now, as I type this while watching the game, it's turning into one heck of a game, and I find myself getting into it a bit more. There is something about this game that gets my blood pumping! I'd be even worse if Green Bay were in it. ;)

  7. Michelle
    February 4, 2013 | 2:35 AM

    I've been rear-ended by idiot drivers before and you are right, such a pain. I'm glad you are okay!

  8. Michelle
    February 4, 2013 | 2:43 AM

    Football meets literature? I'll buy it! ;)

    I used this as an excuse to pig out too. It means an extra-hard workout tomorrow though.

  9. Michelle
    February 4, 2013 | 2:45 AM

    Exactly! Our roads have been just awful too. We went to Madison for brunch two Saturdays ago and there was ice all over the roads, one week after the last snowfall. Insane and just ridiculous. Is there some sort of environmental issue we don't know about that there is a lack of salt being put down onto the roads? General laziness?

  10. Michelle
    February 4, 2013 | 2:45 AM

    I'm the same way. Although this has turned inton one heck of a game. It makes it much more exciting than a blowout.

  11. Tif
    February 4, 2013 | 3:54 AM

    I sort of watched the game, but was attempting to get things done as it played in the background. There is just too much to do these days with an upcoming move and putting our house on the market to NOT do something on a Sunday afternoon!

    Hope you have a great weekend, no matter what the weather brings you!! :)

  12. Michelle
    February 4, 2013 | 3:58 AM

    I understand that. The good thing is that the big prep work only needs to be done once. After you have the house ready and on the market, it is relatively easy to keep it clean and organized so plenty of time for relaxation!

  13. Tif
    February 4, 2013 | 4:01 AM

    This is so good to know!! I can do the cleaning. It's the packing, painting, etc. that really puts in a kink in my usual routine!! :)

  14. TrueBookAddict
    February 4, 2013 | 6:37 AM

    I grew up in Michigan and so learned how to drive in the snow very well. I now live in Tennessee. You do the math on that one. LOL! The only consolation is that everything usually shuts down with bad weather so there's a good chance you won't have to drive in it and, therefore, not have to deal with any idiots. :)

    I'm doing #shineon too! Woo Hoooo!

    Have a great week, Michelle.

  15. Bryan
    February 4, 2013 | 12:38 PM

    I wasn't excited about the Super Bowl either and had planned to read The Shining by Stephen King during the game and watch the commercials in between. However, that's not how it happened as the game got more and more interesting. While I didn't like the outcome and would have preferred the other team winning, I still thought it was a very good game, even with added drama with lights going out.

  16. The Bookwyrm\'s Hoard
    February 4, 2013 | 2:12 PM

    Virginia is like Cincinatti; everything screeches to a halt at the mere hint of snow, and everyone panics and runs to the grocery store for bread, milk, and toilet paper. (Actually, my husband once heard a radio article that said that the biggest pre-snow items are beer and Pop-tarts!)

    I did end up watching the Super Bowl… if you can count it as such. In actuality, I sat on the couch with my husband and read "Mrs Queen Takes the Train" while he watched the game. Every now and then I looked up to see the replay of a good play, or check the score. It was a good evening — I got 160 pages read!

  17. Michelle
    February 5, 2013 | 3:14 AM

    I understand completely!

  18. Michelle
    February 5, 2013 | 3:19 AM

    I'm loving The Shining so far! That ball of tension in my stomach is getting bigger and bigger as the story progresses.

    Cincinnati was that way only if the storms occurred during the night. If they happened during the work day, game over. I like not having to deal with idiots now though. It makes it so much easier to commute when I don't have to worry about the crazy person next to me flipping out because of the snow.

  19. Michelle
    February 5, 2013 | 3:29 AM

    I know. I finished my book before the game got really interesting, otherwise I would have been toast. It was a great game, even if the commercials were bland this year – except for that disgusting Go Daddy one that I'm trying to forget.

  20. Michelle
    February 5, 2013 | 3:33 AM

    Beer and Pop-tarts? Interesting choice of emergency foodstuffs. I personally avoided the grocery stores like the plague before a big storm and took my chances. We lived two miles from a grocery store, so I figured that I could always send out the hubby to get things if we needed them.

    Great job on reading during the game. There were a lot of great plays, and that score was changing pretty often!

  21. Jenners
    February 6, 2013 | 1:14 AM

    I ended up watching almost all of the Super Bowl .. the best part was when the lights went out!

  22. Michelle
    February 8, 2013 | 3:03 AM

    I loved that part too! It definitely made it a game-changer, didn't it?

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