I don’t know about other parts of the country, but here in eastern Pennsylvania, it is icy, snowy, cold, and COLD! The arctic conditions have kept me pent up indoors which can be relaxing, but also really boring. I assume other Nyack-ers find themselves in the same predicament, so I’ve compiled a list of somethings I do to stay busy and feel productive on a snow day.
1) Make fancy hot cocoa. Google is a fabulous gateway to the world of recipes, so take advantage of it! Make a warm, yummy snack and read a book or watch a movie.
2) Be a kid again! I’m not a Pinterest-er, but there are lots of cool ideas on there for fun little crafts. Pull out the Legos, crayons, and coloring books, and have a little fun. (You think I’m kidding, but the other day, I put together a Lego set and had the time of my life). And, since it’s snowing, get outside and build a snowman or have a snowball fight!
3) Work ahead. I know this is probably the last thing you want to hear, but snow days are great days to get a head start on next semester. Get familiar with your schedule, and start buying those textbooks. Though you might not want to tackle this to-do list right now, come the first week of classes, you’ll be glad you did.
4) Help shovel. This isn’t exactly my cup of tea (or, for that matter, something I’m particularly good at), but when it snows, the snow must be shoveled. Whether it’s an elderly neighbor, the single mom down the street, or your parents, someone will need help shoveling the walk.
5) Write a letter. One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is write Letters of Encouragement. To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping teens who struggle with depression and self harm, and they run a Letters of Encouragement drive (more info here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/to-write-love-on-her-arms/when-letters-save-lives/10151487957974658.) When you send letters to the address below, TWLOHA passes them along to teens in various types of recovery.
Attn: Letters of Encouragement
PO Box 2203
Melbourne, FL 32902
The encouraging letters you write don’t have to get sent here; you could also send them to a local children’s hospital or nursing home!
So, stay warm, stay safe, and stay productive on those cold, snowy days!