Thursday, February 19, 2015

Snow Day, Part 2: Pay Back


My prediction was correct and today deserved to be called a snow day. In fact, my desk must be ten degrees colder than the rest of the room - so I'll make this short.

Never mess with Mother Nature. Don't mock her, challenge her, shake your fists at the clouds, kick her dirt, question her wind or joke about her "snow days." We've got snow, cold, icy roads and icicles to boot. We've got boots to boot, in fact.

I've been in the house for three days and now they've called off school for the rest of the week (not that it matters to a homeschooler). Under normal circumstances, I would embrace the free time. Initially, I did just that. 

I've learned a few things, however: 
  • There's only so many crafts you can do before you just get tired of pulling out all the stuff and putting it away. My laundrio (studio + laundry) is too chilly to work in there. I've had an exhausting round of covering the kitchen table with supplies, then putting them away for meals, then getting them out again, then putting them away again...rinse and repeat.
  • Three meals a day are too many. To be precise, the three meals represent too many dishes when you are cooking full meals because everyone is home. In the three days we've been inside, I must have done ten times the normal amount of dishes. The next time anyone goes out of the neighborhood, I'm getting paper plates.
  • In reality, my family may be eating six meals. Bored eating has taken hold of us. I'm just sayin'...
  • The dog is pretty ticked off at everyone for messing with her schedule.
  • If you want someone to brave the icy roads, just tell them you think it is too dangerous. That statement alone made the men practically bolt for the truck (allowing me to turn it into a grocery run...a girl gotta have eggs...).
  • Netflix needs to update House of Cards. It would have been the perfect time to binge watch it.
  • BBC, I feel the same way about Luther - give me more episodes, I'm desperate.
  • I'm glad I have Amazon Prime, but their app annoys me by telling me "your movie is loading" and then enlightening me with "your movie is still loading" a minute later. You see, I wouldn't have known that without their helpful caption. I might have thought it was a really dumb movie...and what's up with the bar at the bottom of this movie? 
  • The bathroom is still the best place to read in my house. No one asks you to make food when you're in there. I did offer to make soup in the tub if they couldn't wait till I got out.
  • Snow ice cream is every bit as wonderful as it was when I was ten years old.
  • When Gonzo's friend called and asked if he could stay overnight, he practically jumped out the window. I don't blame him a bit.
No weather predictions or complaints from this moment on; I wouldn't dare. 

Mother Nature, you look fabulous - is that a new outfit?? You don't look your age.

Keep warm, peeps!


31 comments:

  1. We had a gazillion snow days in Maryland. We played board games and read and watched movies and played in the snow. I liked snow days till we ran out of milk. I wonder if I could have made milk out of snow since you can make ice cream out of snow.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. On Gilligan's Island, the Professor made a state of the art home theater system out of coconuts and bamboo. Just saying...

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    2. Shady Del Knight just caused me to snort-laugh coffee (with cream) out of my nose. I think some went back into my cup.

      Janie, here is what you do:
      1. Build a snow cow.
      2. Milk it.

      Now I feel like I've help humanity in the midst of Snowmageddon.

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    3. You and Shady made my tummy hurt because I laughed so hard. You two is naughty.

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  2. I'd offer some cheery wisdom and/or advice but I'm all out of it... I hate snow and cold, it stops my brain from (semi) functioning.
    Although if you're getting too chilly you can do what my stepdad once did: Make a huge pot of beans with a side of fresh onions, peppers, and so on to go with it. When Mom asked what prompted him to do this he said "Well if methane contributes to global warming just think what it'll do in here!"

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    1. I like the way he thinks! My son is on a Tabasco sauce kick lately and I think that might be why he doesn't complain as much. He's turning up internal heat.

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  3. Mother Nature... you look marbleous. You don't look a day over 2.9 billion.

    Good morning, dear Cherdo! How are you today, my frozen friend?

    I often wonder what it's like for you and the other Eskimos living way up there north of the Arctic Circle. Do you have enough reindeer meat, whale oil and blubber to last the rest of the winter? I've decided to challenge myself and sell air conditioning units door-to-door in your neighborhood. (You get a friend discount.)

    You wrote:

    << Three meals a day are too many. To be precise, the three meals represent too many dishes when you are cooking full meals because everyone is home. In the three days we've been inside, I must have done ten times the normal amount of dishes. >>

    I hear ya! Here at my house, I've put up with 7 full months of "snow days," bussing tables and doing dishes seemingly all day every day.

    You wrote:

    << If you want someone to brave the icy roads, just tell them you think it is too dangerous. That statement alone made the men practically bolt for the truck.>>

    I tried using that trick on the Shady Bunch. Unfortunately they took my advice and stayed home! Ice and snow warnings are a hard sell in Florida, let me tell you.

    << The bathroom is still the best place to read in my house. No one asks you to make food when you're in there. I did offer to make soup in the tub if they couldn't wait till I got out. >>

    Janie's queasy tummy thanks you for mentioning that.

    << Snow ice cream is every bit as wonderful as it was when I was ten years old. >>

    Lemon was always my favorite!!!

    << When Gonzo's friend called and asked if he could stay overnight, he practically jumped out the window. I don't blame him a bit. >>

    Hey, Gonzo, wanna trade lives? :)

    Happy Thursday, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. Oh, Shady, thank you. You make the cold seem...preferable.

      This morning, I woke up alone as Hubzam returned to the grind and Gonzo was at his friend's house.

      kicked in the optimism gene and put a spin on it. In anticipation of me time, I stayed up way too late and watched a movie - I'll sleep in! I now realize that all my friends, equally bored, know the exact time I rise on a normal day. I've had four phone calls so far (they are anxious to get out of the house, too).

      Come heck or high water, I'm getting in the car and going some place today! If you're really over the table bussing, just walk up to my house for coffee (I can also do tea).

      Have a lovely, drier Thursday!

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  4. I hope you will have a snow,ice melting soon!

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    1. The sun has me hopeful...the worst part is getting out of our neighborhood and then it's not too bad, my hubby informs me.

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  5. I hear you, sister. Worst. Winter. Ever. I said on Facebook that this is like Groundhog Day--we're living the same day over and over again. The only difference is Groundhog Day was actually funny.

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    1. If Bill Murray would consider enduring it with us, it might be fine. At least the first five times. Stay warm, Pam!

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  6. Janie and I are keeping warm in the South. Come on down! Just get in your car and take a longggggg drive to Texas! We have high 60s today!

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    1. Wow...I have a cousin in the hill country...why didn't I think of this earlier?

      Put on the java, Linda...

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  7. "laundrio"? Sounds like it's time to put an addition on the house.

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    1. Naw, it's time to add features to our list for our next house.

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  8. I've been complaining about the snow, but then I'll read complaints from friends on FB who are stuck inside with kids and I realize how lucky I am! I just have to listen to my husband's work calls while I write all day. But it's all melted now, so I'm heading out to the hair salon as planned. Tomorrow night I believe a fresh round of ice is supposed to hit our area. I hope they're wrong! Sick of this stuff already...

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    1. We ran around a bit; took Gonzo out for lunch and picked up a few things. I'm ready for round two, if it has to happen.

      You have beautiful hair; whatever you do - it's the right thing.

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  9. Being stuck inside for days is rough Cheryl and yeah you can always use more Luthor!

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    1. From your lips to BBC's ears, brother. I hate it when I really love a series on Netflix; it's never enough. Stay warm, Maurice!

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  10. Awww, CHERDO...
    My Phoenix, Airheadzona heart breaks for you!

    Here it's 74 degrees out and mostly sunny (except for some high, fluffy clouds and the usual Chemtrails).

    Two more weeks and I'm OUTTA HERE! It's just too dang hot here most o' da tyme.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Don't leave me hangin', brother! Where are you going? Las Vegas? What happens in Vegas....

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    2. Don't leave me hangin', brother! Where are you going? Las Vegas? What happens in Vegas....

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    3. I'm going to Las Vegas circa 1962. In other words, I'm going to Reno. Gonna shoot a man there just to watch him die.

      ~ D-FensDogg

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  11. "If you want someone to brave the icy roads, just tell them you think it is too dangerous. That statement alone made the men practically bolt for the truck ..." Don't work with me... tell me it's too bad out, we'll be hitting the blankets and watching the world go by...

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  12. Ahhh the balmy -15C and a few feet of snow:) It looks so pretty from inside! I am catching up on movies, trying to organize, and create cards-what a nice thing to do plus read as well. My friend reads in the bathroom as that is her "special" place where the kids, hubby and dogs can't bother her

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    1. I have another friend (LD, you know who you are) who will not use the public library because she think people take books in the bathroom. That cracks me up.

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  13. Pandora's streaming app kills me. At the bottom it ALWAYS says Up Next: More Great Music. Just once, I'd love to see Up Next: Some Garbage We Know You'll Hate, Just to Mess with You.

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    1. If you could get them to use that message, it would greatly help their customer base.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo