January 6, 2014

Chicago Snow Day

Today was supposed to be our first day back after winter break. Also, it's the LAST week of the semester.

Instead, I'm curled up on the couch next to the fireplace drinking a steamy cup of coffee spiked with RumChata.


Seriously, though, Chicago is breaking records today with this arctic cold, and pretty much the whole city (if not state?) is shut down. It's crazy how loud and constant the wind is outside. My Facebook feed is full of friends throwing boiling water into the air and watching it immediately turn to snow. In fact, there are many cold-weather tricks my friends have been trying today that I've never known possible. Oh, the joys of a snow day!

And the greatest news? I just got the call that school is canceled tomorrow as well!

Joel and I house-sat again for some friends over the past week, and let me just say that I've done more shoveling in these past few days than probably ever in my life. Growing up, my dad (and brother) always took care of this job. And we had a snowblower. Seriously, I can't understand why anyone would live in Chicago and NOT have one of those. I vow here and now to gladly pay an association fee for my snow removal or spend the money on the snowblower. Keep me accountable when the miser in me comes out later and I say I'll just do it myself!

The great thing about these two extra days is that I have 48 hours of time to make up for all my lack of productivity for the past two weeks. I had grand plans to work on TPT products and did exactly none of them. Also, I definitely had time to work on scheduling some blog posts, but did I? Nope.

Today is the day, folks! This shall be the most productive snow day ever!

Editor's Note: My mother is offended that I didn't give her any credit for her years of shoveling. In all fairness, she did run our house while my dad traveled for much of my childhood. I just don't remember these times because I was a kid.

So... let the world know that my mother ALSO did her fair share of shoveling over the years, including our neighbors because she's a rockstar like that! :)


  1. That's how I felt today when I woke up...'you will accomplish great things today'....and yet...well...I'm still in sweats and have scheduled a nap for the afternoon. Oh well!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  2. I am really jealous of your days off, but not of the weather. Nope, nope, nope...shoveling snow...heck no! I just got home and am going straight into my pajamas until I have to go back out to watch the National Championship game. I wish I had a snowsuit!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. I also live in northern Illinois and have another day off school tomorrow too! I have to say that I am missing my students but I seriously needed today to finish up things that I procrastinated on doing over the break. I was really impressed with your "I would love to teach but..." post. I wrote a note about it on my blog and linked back to your blog. Thanks so much for all your wonderful posts.

  4. I am not going to lie, super jealous of your snow day. Would love a few days to work on TPT, blog, etc. stuff that I was supposed to work on over break. But alas tomorrow the crazy starts back. Enjoy your snow days!