The meteorologists starting predicting snow about a week ago, but since I don’t watch the local news I heard about it first from Jewish Friend. Being from Albany, she was mostly concerned about having to drive in it, and by concerned, I mostly mean annoyed. “I just don’t want to,” she said. I was glad to hear we were finally getting some snow, because after I’d heard that it was snowing in Las Vegas, I got a bit petulant and jealous.
Then on Thursday, I was watching the local news at the gym and all they could talk about was the snow. Every school in the state was canceled, employers were urged to stagger the release of their workers to avoid clogging up the roads like last year. I watched the news for 45 minutes, and there was not one story on there about anything but the impending snow– not snowstorm– but snow. It was a pre-panic panic the likes of which I could not have imagined.
Now that classes are over, and I’ve been laid off from fancy library, I have more free time than I know what to do with. When I realized that I could effectively bunk down and not leave the house for the duration of the snowfall, I decided that that would be the best course of action for me. I have plenty of food, entertainment in the form of movies and books, knitting, and Gentleman Caller and I went to the Wal-Mart and bought six new board/card games.
The snow was predicted to hit around 3pm, but actually came at 1:45, thankfully, we were prepared. Presently, it’s still snowing and I can hear drivers struggling to travel down my un-plowed streets. If I was in Fargo, I would think nothing of this, but now I look outside and think I can’t drive in this. That’s now actually true, I just won’t drive in this because everyone else is probably still out there panicking (plus the governor urged me not to travel, and I’m doing my civic duty).
At almost 24-hours of being holed up in the house, I’ve read about 150 pages of a trashy novel, watched one movie and 2 episodes of 30 Rock, knitted about six inches of a quilt square, played 2 games of Trivial Pursuit and one of Scrabble, and done 2 loads of laundry all while the snow falls quietly and prettily outside.
I love snow days.