Snow Days by El Szalay

3,259 Snowed In Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free Images - iStockIf there’s one thing that all students and teachers can agree on, it’s that waking up to find out that school has been canceled due to two feet of snow or a temperature in the negatives is one of the best feelings in the world. What you thought was going to be another day of classes that you didn’t really want to go to ends up being a day you binge a new Netflix show, make an impromptu batch of cookies, take a nice long nap, or some weird combination of all of those.

All that said, I actually don’t like snow. I wouldn’t go as far to say I hate it, but if I wake up and see more than a light dusting, I know I’m staying inside as much as I can that day. The cold gets unbearable after five minutes, my clothes get wet as I trek through the snow, and the slush in the roads is absolutely disgusting. I like to say an excessive amount of it are pointless unless it gets us off school for the day.

I think this logic also applies to extremely low temperatures as well. What’s the point of a temperature below 15 degrees? At least with snow you can argue that it’s good for sledding, skiing, snowboarding, and other snow-related activities. But what good does the cold do? If anything, it makes it even harder than it already is to go do something fun outside on a snow day. If you can’t go outside for ten minutes without getting frostbite, then you can’t even enjoy the snow.

So, you might be wondering what I do with my snow days if I can’t stand the idea of going outside. Truth be told, I don’t think anything I do with my day is super exciting, it’s just the fact that I’m doing something else instead of being bored to death in my classes that makes a snow day so exciting. If you really want to know how I spend my time (or want some ideas of indoor things to do if we ever get a snow day), then here’s a few things I can remember doing in past years.

  1. Binge a TV show.
  2. Bake something. Bonus points for eating cookies pretty much as soon as they come out of the oven.
  3. Make hot chocolate. And make sure to use milk instead of water.
  4. Pester your pets with attention until they decide they’ve had enough and walk away.
  5. Play games with your family. Video game, board games, card games, or all three if you’re up to it.
  6. Clean your room.
  7. Make friendship bracelets and give them to people once you can leave the house again.
  8. Paint your nails. If you’re me, this means removing the old coat of black nail polish and replacing it with another, less chipped one. I’m not the most creative with my nails.
  9. Call your friends. In my experience, this usually results in a group of friends doing something unusual on FaceTime, such as putting all your names (as well as some celebrities and fictional characters) into an online Hunger Games simulator and seeing who survives or making slideshows comparing each other to different cereals or Ratatouille characters.
  10. And of course, the most obvious option, go back to sleep until noon.

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