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Top Ten Things To Do During a Snowstorm

b87a19d17b12ffe0746a807f3327f7f4A wintry event is happening on America’s East Coast, as we experience white-out and blizzard-like conditions.  I always wonder who those crazy people are that go out and drive in such circumstances.  Apparently, I was one of them when Petya and I had to attend a meeting with a local archaeologist yesterday morning. 

It wasn’t snowing, yet, so we figured we were safe.  Up and out by 8:00 a.m., the meeting started at 9:00 a.m.  Things were going well in what I thought was a windowless office, until our colleague commented, “It’s really coming down!” to which I jumped up and shouted, “What-?!” Snowstorm-East-Coastsince we were not turned in the direction of his one window perched about 15 feet high above our backs.

The snow had not been expected until afternoon, but here it was, just barely after 10:00 a.m. and he was commenting that it had been snowing for quite a while.  We tried to wrap up our meeting and finally emerged at 11:00 a.m.  Thankfully, the snow was not yet sticking to the already-treated roads.

Once we arrived home, we hunkered down with the rest of our 24eae2e23d338ef5c1636f4c6dbbc072neighbors.  Nobody’s car had been moved, schools and most offices were closed for the day.   I met with the kids and asked them either what they would like to do for the rest of the day, or what they felt other people might be doing.  Here’s what they came up with:

1.  Go sledding down the big hill near our house.

2.  Take a nap.

3.  Watch TV (of course, they don’t understand that nothing of interest is on in the middle of the day).

4.  Eat and snack-!  (In a Russian-Italian-American household, mangia-mania is a definite spare time activity.)white bean soup cooking

5.  Shovel the sidewalk as the snow continues to fall.

6.  Shovel the elderly neighbors’ sidewalks.

7.  Sledding down not just the big hill, but the “dangerous hill”, as well, with a straight-down slope, while dodging snowboarding kids and yes, snowboarding dogs.

8.  Watch a movie.

62358481_47f464feb7_z9.  Bake an apple pie, make a huge pot of ravioli in sauce, and maybe a warm soup with bread.  Probably in that order.  This would be differentiated from #4 in that the earlier items are already here, cooked, and available.  But there’s nothng like simmering scents of freshly home-made items on a cold, snowy day.

10.  Take the dogs for a romp outside until they’re covered in snowy dreadlocks.

I was surprised that they made no mention of snowball fights, nor snowmen.  But just as well.  They were exhausted enough by day’s end and that was after a full morning of school.

What do you do on a snowday?


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