One benefit of working in the school system is having delays and snow days. I normally have only one session of preschool on Fridays, so I’m done at 11am every week, which is fantastic! What’s even better is that since we had a delayed opening, I didn’t have to go in at all today. Cue the happy dance and snow day fun!
I have always loved the snow and looked forward to snow days. My brother and I always partook in the old wives’ tale that if you sleep with a spoon under your pillow and wear your pajamas inside-out, then you’d cause a snow day to happen. It never failed and I definitely believed I possessed magical powers, but I digress. We would wake up and meekly walk down the stairs praying that our mother would greet us with those ever-so-beautiful words: “No school today!” Once we were certain that we were off the hook from a day of boring classes, we would get to work early gearing up, grabbing our sleds, and heading to the neighborhood park, which had, what seemed at the time, a MASSIVE hill. We would play outside till we couldn’t feel our hands, then we’d head home, put our soaked clothing on the radiator, and make cups of hot chocolate, because what else would we do?! Even now when I wake up and hear that I have a delay, I still get that childhood excitement of not having to go into school, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop getting that feeling.
I got the call at 5 this morning that there was a delay. I promptly turned off all ~6~ of the alarms I had set and immediately fell back asleep. I was able to sleep in till 9:30 which felt like a luxury and allowed me to wake up refreshed and energized, which I haven’t felt in quite a while. After having my morning cup of coffee, I put on a warm and cozy outfit and went out into the cold to shovel the driveway. My plan was to take advantage of having the day off to get outside and enjoy the beautiful day rather than staying in and watching movies, which was definitely an option! I chose to save the snuggling up and netflixing all day for tomorrow’s storm!
Having the day off meant I was able to go back to my hometown for a lunch date with my mom and grandmother at this adorable little breakfast/lunch place called the Tea Kettle. We were able to catch up and chat over multiple cups of coffee. You know you have a problem when they bring the entire pot over for you and refill it more than once! I grew up right on the water and wanted to stop by the sound for a quick (keyword: quick… It was painfully cold and windy!) walk on the beach while I was there. It’s amazing how peaceful the beaches are in the winter; water’s calm and quiet, and there’s not a soul around. This is why the winter used to be my favorite time of year in our little seaside town, which tripled in population once the summer months rolled around.
In staying accountable to my New Year’s resolutions, I made sure to save time to take my dog for a walk. We aren’t able to take long walks in the snow because he gets cold pretty quickly, but we try for what we can. I need to get him some of those dog snow booties, which he would probably hate even more than the cold, haha! I live fairly close to a nice walking area in Middletown, so we headed there and walked for about a half an hour at dusk. I typically like walking in general, but I especially enjoy going in the snow. I delight in how the snow muffles the sounds of the outdoors and the way the reflection off the snow makes the world seem so bright, even with grey skies and the sun going down.
Once we were back in from our walk, I curled up in a soft blanket, turned on some Debussy, and grabbed my book to enjoy some afternoon reading. After having a busy morning, I needed some time to decompress, and thaw out! Dedicating time daily to reading was one of my New Year’s resolutions and I have surprised myself by actually keeping up with it so far! I am almost done with the books that I just bought, so if anyone has any good suggestions of winter reads, let me know!
Keeping up with the trend of my busy day, I couldn’t just stop there! My boyfriend works at a local brewery, so after dinner I made my way down there for a brew and to visit with him and his coworkers. Naturally, I had to finish off my snowy day sipping on a cup of an indulgent s’mores hot chocolate while working on a puzzle that has been keeping me busy (read:frustrated) for the last week, and watching Woody Allen’s Cafe society. I hope you’ve all stayed safe and warm in this snow!