Thursday, February 24, 2011

Happy (Snow Day) Dance

Happy Things in My Life Today:

#1: This is the view in my front yard this morning: overcast, about 1 1/2" of snow on the ground, and more in the forecast. Ahhh...a Snow Day!

The alarm went off at 5:30 am this morning, as usual. Checked the road in front of the house--not much snow--would it be a snow day or a 2-hour late start? Mark and I are both school teachers, so we really want to know these things. We decided to sleep until 6:00...and then the phone rang at 5:40 am. Caller ID said it was my department chair...would she say Snow Day or Late Start?? Snow Day!! Yippee!! We turned off the alarm and slept until 8:00, which was heavenly for these two sleep-deprived teachers.

I am thrilled to have a day to catch up on grading, work on my thesis, take a nap...ahhhhh...

Now you have to understand that here in the Portland (OR) metropolitan area, we are true snow wimps. We don't get snow that sticks very often, and when we do, it is a wet slushy snow that is tough to drive on. Then it freezes at night and gets slicker than before. Plus we have lots of hills. Plus we don't have very good snow removal equipment, since we don't get snow very often. So we are wimps. And yes, 1 1/2" can drive us back into our dens to hibernate a little longer.

My hat is off to those hardy Midwestern souls who soldier on, even when the snow is drifting deep. And my commiseration goes to those who have had important events canceled because of today's snow, or who have to be out working in it. I know that lots of folks are still driving to work. All I can say is, I'm me, I work where I do, and today...I get a day off. (I will pay for it though...we will have to make this day up in June.)

#2: Ida Keeling makes me happy. I want to be like her when I grow up. You have to watch this video!

3. If you didn't catch the sweet post Polly did on her Helping Little Hands blog about the birthday gift I sent her, you can see it here. Truly warmed the cockles of my heart.
(Haha - what a strange phrase, no? I looked it up here to see where it originates.)


Dorothy said...

Yea for your snow day!! While you were sleeping this morning, Ken and I went for an awesome walk in the nearby woods. As we know, snow around here doesn't stay for long, so I didn't want to miss the wintery outdoor ambience. :)

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

We woke up to a very light dusting of snow that is still on the ground and blowing (the same snow, just shifting places). No snow day for us though.

Katie Lewis said...

Oh man, I wish BYU had snow days. I hope you had fun!


Mike said...

You can keep all the snow you want. I'm ready for spring! We had too much snow this year and I only look forward to no more snow.