Nikki Woods on What She Learned from Being "Iced In" in Dallas, TX

First of all, let me apologize to any one north of Arkansas who routinely lives, drives, goes to work, school and church in spite of the treacherous ice storms like the one we survived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Having had my first driving experience in a St. Louis suburb, gone to college in D.C., worked and lived a short time in Boston and more than 10 years in Chicago, AND braved taking the wheel of a car in my mom's native Jamaica, I can honestly say there's no cold, rainy weather or harrowing traffic condition I haven't taken on.
I hang my head in shame for (A) caving to the MetroPlex's meteorologists' madness and (B) allowing my sons to believe that the poor excuse for snow/sleet/ slush/ice warranted missing two full days of school!

Yep, from Thursday afternoon until Tuesday morning, my boys, my dog and me, were pretty much on lock down.

Yep, after living in Dallas for six years, I have sympathy for the Cowboys, bundle up when the temperatures go below 60 and actually have thought about hitting the brake when I approach ice instead of sliding the way my dad taught me.

Thankfully, I wasn't completely locked in though. Our office by the way shut down on Friday but as an early am warrior, I was already half way through my morning shift before the memo went out at 6:30 a.m.

I got another reprieve on Monday morning when I risked "life and limb," defying the ongoing warning to stay inside from the media and drove to work.

I'm ride or die for sure!

Outside of those two "get out of free" occasions, I certainly had plenty of time to get introspective and here's a top ten list of what I learned during those four days of being cooped up also known as spending quality time with my kids.

1.    Cold weather causes carbs to mysteriously manifest in every area of our lives.  Chips, potatoes, processed cheese and bagels were my solace.

2.    Warm weather friendly clothes don't help!  Everything is stretchy!!! Pajama bottoms, sweat pants, sweat shirts, robes, and if I had a pair...pajama jeans just encourage you to eat more comfort food.  See #1.

3.    Snuggling, cuddling, canoodling, wallowing, vegging...are all very passive verbs that don't burn any calories.  See #1 and #2.

Source: Black America Web | Nikki Woods
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