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Redefining Snow Days

What the dog saw (an emjayandthem photo)

12.9 inches of snow overnight and it’s still coming down here in West Michigan.  Thankfully, the howling North-easterly winds have stopped.  I didn’t sleep all that well because I kept waking up to see if the power was still on.  Frankie the dog snored happily and seems ever-so-rested.  Our 17-year-old is still tucked in and the only sounds coming from his end of the house are sighs, snores and creaks of the mattress when he rolls over.

School was cancelled last night via an automated recorded phone call.   When I was a kid, school was rarely cancelled. Instead our bus driver, a local farmer, would call each of the 12 families on his route and politely inform them that it was too cold and the bus wouldn’t start.  Back to bed we went!
  
Oh how snow days have changed.
 
Now, because we still have power, I am working from home: I’m slogging through three corporate projects via my laptop and dialing in to conference calls.  I’m also working AT home .. meaning I’m doing laundry, soaking dishes, and have put a roast in the oven.  
 
Gone are my snow days of slipping back under the covers and sleeping the morning away.   The only way I’d get that is IF we lost power, and that is definitely not on my wish list.  Plus, since the hubbs is travelling today,  as the resident adult, I’d have to be awake to stoke the fire.   Pioneer woman? Not so much.
 
But .. there’s a definite trade-off that is pretty wonderful:  my hair’s in a pony tail, I’m dressed in yoga pants & fleece and old dog is happily snoozing at foot.   I can stop and watch the snow, take a picture here and there and refill my coffee at any time …and I can take a break and catch up on morning TV if I choose to. 
 
Come to think of it …this kinda does feel like a snow day. Without the sleep part.
 
How about you? Were you impacted by the blizzard of 2011?   
 
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8 thoughts on “Redefining Snow Days

  1. Yep, snow days just aren’t the same for us anymore. I love your take on it though. I too am in my yoga pants, tea in hand, ponytail… It is great not to have to really go anywhere. Enjoy your day and make sure you take some well deserved “me” time. =)

    • I always laugh to myself when I say “yoga pants” because I’ve done yoga once and not sucessfully .. but I know others will “get” the descriptor! 🙂 Gotta few conf calls to get on and some projects underway but yes – definitely taking my lunch break and enjoying some down time, too 🙂 Thanks for visiting, MJ

  2. I prefer to spend my snow days in flannel pajamas–that is, until right before my husband is expected home from work (wouldn’t want him to think–realize–that I’ve been lazy all day). Any work that HAS to be done can still be accomplished while warm and comfy in my flannels! Hope you keep your power and stay warm!

    • isn’t a day to be lazy the greatest? I have to admit that today wasn’t as lazy as I’d have liked it to be .. which is why, after a shower tonight, out come the flannels again :). So far so good on the power; I think that the worst has passed us .. we got big fat fluffy snow & lots of it but not the kind that brings down power lines.

      Cheers! MJ

  3. Lucked out here, living in one of the few places not affected by the snow. It’s cold, though not cold enough to close schools or offices. I could use a nice snow day though. Would love to have an extra day to sleep in.

    • There’s something about a snow day that is just delicious; kids here are getting a 2nd one today due to road conditions. Main roads are ok but secondary are not and there’s so much snow that there’s not much clearance (ditch) … back to bed he went, with old dog, who couldn’t be happier. Cheers Terri! 🙂

  4. Um, not so much. It was close to 80 degrees here yesterday and today it’s in the 70’s. Sorry to brag. I would suggest everyone move to Florida. It’s beautiful here, ya’ll! Just don’t remind me about hurricane season, OK?

    • Ooh that’s sounds heavenly right about now, Caroline :). We lived in TX for 10 years and loved it but moved back for the seasons .. call me crazy! Cheers .. MJ

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