Snow day?

How do you stay entertained when you are snowed in?

(Today’s postaday suggestion).

Today we were supposed to be getting 6 or so inches of snow, starting around noon.  Then 2:00.  Then 3:00.  Then I drove home after orchestra rehearsal at 4:30…and it finally started snowing.  Then it stopped. 

I am trying to remember the last time I was really snowed in.  I think it may have been Easter weekend in Cleveland in 2007 (or 2008? I don’t know).  I recall it snowed from Thursday through Sunday.  Maybe that’s incorrect, I don’t know.  Memory is a funny thing.

Most of my snow memories are from panicking over how to get to various concerts that SHOULD have been canceled, but weren’t, or were, but not until after you already tried to get there on the ice or in the blizzard.  Sometimes I hate being a musician—the powers-that-be are very hesitant to cancel concerts since they would lose a ton of money…but if you get in a fender bender on the way there the deductible alone would more than negate the payment for the gig, so it’s always a big moral dilemma.  Do you try to go or just stay home?  Some people mock those of us who like to stay home when the weather is bad, but seriously, why?  Why go out in the snow if you don’t have to?  What is so important that you can’t just stay home for an evening or for a day?  (I know some things, i.e. medical emergencies are important.  I’m not talking about that.  I am talking about the idiots at the mall.)

That brings us to the question in bold at the top.  How do you stay entertained when you are snowed in?  The same way I always entertain myself…my home is a place of relaxation, comfort, and entertainment.  I’m never bored at home.  I have the boy, the cat, tons of books, movies, a television…plus there’s a kitchen for cooking or baking…the computer for blogging or the internet…the possibilities are endless. 

Unrelated note:  Today in class a student asked me what “xeroxing” meant.  And she was serious.  I feel old.

Related note:  I am starting to question the snow forecast.  Then again, maybe the worst is yet to come…perhaps I’ll wake up tomorrow to a foot of snow!  Thank goodness the fridge is full of groceries that include milk and bread.