Friday, January 8, 2010

How I Spent My Snow Day

Admit it. The title just called to you, right? It made you desperate to know what on earth I did on my snow day to be blog-worthy.

Ha! Sucked you in.

The snow cry arose a few days ago. The threat of possible snow sent our town into a tizzy. Stores were wiped clean of milk, eggs, and bread. After all, you may be snowbound for days. You just never know.

Here's something I’ve never understood… why is it people rush out and buy those particular things? Are they planning on making a huge batch of French toast while stuck in their houses?

Anyhow, we left school/work yesterday armed with our handy dandy phone list that would enable us to call our colleagues with the announcement school was closed. (to clarify: I am a teacher and had a list of people to call in the event of weather).

We waited and waited…

Finally! Flurries, yay!

Ten minutes later, it was done. Boo.

Flurries and sleet did resume later in the evening but….I got tired of waiting for the wonderful phone call and went to bed. While the rest of my friends were still up watching the BCS Championship and burning up the keyboard on Facebook, I was snoozing in my bed.

Evidently, I was snoozing hard. The phone rang at 11:52pm.

Or that’s what my voice mail told me anyhow.

Katie said she came in and told me the phone was ringing too but I have no recollection of that conversation.

Note to the world: anything we discuss between 11pm and 2am will not be retained in my memory.

I woke up around 5:20, turned off the alarm, and waited for the phone to ring. Instead I heard a shrill beep…..

Hmm. As I sat there trying to figure out the noise, Alex walked in and wanted to know why the security system was beeping. He said it started as soon as he opened his door.

Hey wait. Mom, did you put an alarm on my door?

Nope, but good idea!

Turned off the alarm before the siren started going, noticed I had a message, listened to it, told Alex school was canceled, and called my teammates.

Whoo hoo! No school!

Finally dozed back to sleep at 7am just in time for the girls to arrive at my bedside.

Mom, why are you still in bed? Why don’t we have school? You made us pick out our clothes last night. Why did we do that if there’s no school?

And that began my snow day.

After breakfast, the girls begged to go outside. Why, I don’t know. It was twenty degrees and there was only a dusting of snow, but off they went.

Weren’t they cute?

Yep, it lasted for perhaps fifteen minutes. The rest of the day was been spent in the house, with me, in a confined space, after only being back in school two days after an almost three week Christmas break.

Are you getting the picture?

Right at lunch time, I left Alex with the girls and headed out to buy groceries. My parents are headed to town tomorrow and would probably appreciate something to eat other than Cheerios.

So I was out shopping in the freezing cold but……I was getting out of making them lunch. Smart, huh?

A huge shopping trip later, I arrived home demanding the assistance of the kids to help unload the car. Alex showed up in a t-shirt and bare feet. In twenty degree weather. I've never seen the boy unload the car so quickly.

Shopping done. Check. Cleaning? No thank you. I’ll pass.

While avoiding the need to clean the house, I got an attack of domesticity and made yet another batch of Chex mix.

Oh, and let this picture be proof of my domestic ability. I just seldom use it….by choice.

With a fajita dinner planned, temperature outside dropping, still procrastinating about cleaning, what else is there to do?

Oh, I know. Take this

plus this

to finish up my day!

Surely my parents won’t mind if the bathrooms aren’t clean, right?


NeuroMama said...

Gee...I just have so much to say about this post! I love snow days, but we've only had one so far this year. Here in northern New England, we don't let a (relatively balmy) temperature of 20 degrees and a dusting of snow stop us from going to school! Second, the parents are responsible for calling when school is closed?! That's crazy! It isn't posted on the local tv station's website or something? And, finally, the snuggie and the stack of books look so very inviting. Hope you enjoyed them!


a Tonggu Momma said...

I am so jealous that you got to snuggle up with a book... my day was shot - SHOT, I TELL YOU - because the Tongginator had a two-hour delay and, despite my cold, I had to volunteer this afternoon... yet again. I had just three hours free. With tons of chores piling up. Whine, whine, whine. Sorry - I must have been around the husband too long this week. He has A Man Cold.

Tara said...

Wow.. Love Patterson books and I loved Something Blue (and something borrowed). Now if I can just get the rest of my books read.

At least you slept through the calls. I wish I did!

Can I borrow a gallon of that milk? We are out... yup went through 2 gallons in 2 days! I guess I am going to the grocery store tomorrow!

Kristin said...

After my friend, NeuroMama's comment, I edited my post. In reading my original post, I can see that I wasn't very clear! Nope, the parents don't call others if school is out. But being a teacher, we call our teammates so they know before the rest of the world.

Margaret M said...

I will read rather than clean any day of the week!!!!! I am having my 8th snow day today. Are we ever going back to school? I did something today that I never do. Lily Wen and Graeme are in a different school district and they had school so I took them to school and came home and went back to bed until 10:30!!!!! I haven't slept that late since college! Have a wonderful day my friend!

Carrie said...

yes you must clean the bathrooms-and the kitchen all else are understandable! LOL! How much milk do you people drink?????

Jesse, James and Lindsey's mom said...

Great post. I am catching up on the blogs. We NEVER get snow days! WE had one when we got 25inches of snow in one dump. We had some ice days last year..that was RARE..3 in a row and we had to extend the school year by taking away in inservice day. I love reading about snow days living in Alaska..I wont hold my breath for one up here but can live through all of you in the lower 48. Hope your year is going well..I am back to work 2/16 but may go back 1 week early.