I swear we teachers work all year for one coveted reason: The snow day. If you teach in the midwest you’re almost guaranteed one of these throughout the winter. Today, February 2nd, was our first snow day.
It started with us dismissing students early yesterday. I got home around 3:00 and immediately grabbed a Diet Coke, made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, put on sweat pants, and plopped down on the couch. Sigh. This is what I’ve been waiting for. I couldn’t wait to watch Oprah for the first time since August and veg out on my comfy couch.
I did this for about 3 hours. I surfed Facebook, read blogs, attempted some graduate homework, and called my mom to wish her a happy birthday. The only reason I got up from the couch around 6:00 was to eat. I heated up some leftover pizza and plopped back down on the couch. This pizza was especially delicious because I did not go to the gym today. I usually go 3-4 times per week and happily missed today because of the deteriorating road conditions (and they cancelled my class.) For some reason, crappy food tastes so much better if you haven’t worked out. I tend to feel guilty if I cram tasty high-calorie food into my mouth directly following a sweaty cardio blast. But not today. Today the pizza tasted magical!
I continued with my evening by watching Beverly Hills Housewives Reunion and Teen Mom 2. What a great evening! Although I didn’t exert much energy all evening, I still managed to fall asleep quickly. I slept in this morning until multiple snowblowers woke me up. What is it with men and snowblowers? Do snowblowers not work as well after 10:00 in the morning?
This morning I walked into the living room and noticed my butt imprint in the couch from yesterday. I happily settled back into my place and put my feet up. My plans for the day include TV, cleaning, graduate homework, and eating. I got to thinking, how did I spend my snow days when I was a kid?
If I was 10 instead of halfway to 50, I would have woken up 3 hours earlier, gobbled up some Frosted Flakes and got dressed to go outside. I would have called all my neighborhood friends and met them on the hill for sledding. We would have come home for food and water and gone back out.
Now…. I stare out the window at the blustery conditions and shiver. You could not pay me to go out there. Even if I had no food in the house, I think I would start eating couch cushions before I would venture out for food. Oh how the times have changed.
I’m open to suggestions on how to spend my snow day today. If you’re also enjoying one, tell me what you’ll be doing. If you are longing for a snow day, tell me how you’d spend it. Lord knows I’ll have time today to check your responses frequently!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to my lazy snow day.