Today was one of the days those of us who work in the world of education live for. It was a SNOW DAY!!!
Snow Day. Those are two of the best words in the English language. Now some of you may think that I am over emphasizing the beauty of these glorious days. You couldn’t be more wrong.
First of all, you have to have a perfect storm of conditions in order to get those school districts to start canceling classes.
First of all, you have to have the snow fall on a weekday. Last year was a real downer. The only really measurable snow fall we had occur happened on a Saturday. What a waste. I mean, it was pretty, but schools aren’t open on Saturdays!
Secondly, you have to have it snow enough inches to make it start to pile up. Usually 6 inches or more. (There’s an inappropriate joke in there, but I’ll leave it alone for now.) But in addition to the necessary inches, you also need to have the snow spread out over a period of time, say 8 to 10 hours. It needs to be stretched out so that the snow plows will have to keep going over the main roads, making it impossible to get to those neighborhoods.
Next, and this is the real kicker to the whole equation, you have to have the snow fall during the correct time of day. Eight hours of snow from 9 am to 5 pm might look pretty, but it won’t keep you home in your jammies. Ideally, you need the snow to start in earnest around 6 pm and keep going into the wee hours.
Now all of these items combined will most likely get you a ticket to a turned off alarm clock. For an extra insurance policy, throw in some high winds to keeps those snow accumulations blowing back onto the roads!
In Kerry‘s world, the conditions all came into perfect alignment last night. It started with rain that turned to freezing rain in the afternoon. By 5 pm, the snow flakes were big and heavy. Around 8 pm, the winds were picking up and snow was piling up. Our present came early with the cancellation notifications coming out before bedtime. Woot! Woot!
Now this type of snow day might be the best of all. I’m sure that you are all in crunch mode, trying to get all your Christmas preparations done. The same is true in my house. After I received the call that I would be granted a day at home today, I got online and created my Christmas cards, sending them to print at the store done the street from my house. I might not be going in to work in the morning, but I knew my wonderful husband would dig us out and could get the 4 wheel drive sleigh down the hill to pick them up. Then I turned off my alarm and crashed!
After sleeping in and getting my run on, the well rested Soby crew ate an unrushed breakfast while watching our first Christmas movie of the day. The boys set out to dig us out while the girls made some dipped pretzels….and vegged a little on the couch!
Once the vehicles were freed, we set out to see the fat man himself…SANTA! Yes, that’s right, we went out on the snowy, icy roads to see Santa. Why you ask? Well the Santa will like to see is usually packed with a long line. (He’s good, but he’s free and you get a free picture, so the line is always horribly long.) You know what happens when you get 10 inches of snow? No waiting to see Santa, that’s what!
After that Santa visit was done, we swung by the store to pick up the Christmas cards. Back at home, I hunkered with my pen and stamps. While I wrote, I started what I always have wanted to do. I had a Santa Clause movie marathon. I addressed envelopes during #1, stuffed, licked, and stamped envelopes during #2, and made a fresh batch of cookies during #3! Pull out that Christmas To-Do list and put a bunch of checks all over it!
On top of all of that, the kids got to get some snow play time and sledding in.
It’s days like this that make all the stressful days at school worth it….kind of!