An Unexpected Break

Guys, last week was AWESOME!

I know that I’ve complained about the kind of winter we’ve been experiencing here in southwest Virginia. Temperatures have been fluctuating up and down, like our local climate zone can’t really determine which season it’s supposed to be. Sure, we’ve had a lot of really cold days, but they always seem to hit when there’s no moisture in the air, therefore, no snow. But then we get these mild days where temperatures hit the 40s or even 50s. And what seems to always accompany those warmer temperatures? Rain. It’s just not fair!

Yes, those of you living in the northeast are probably rolling your eyes and telling me to count my blessings. You’ve had lots of snow. Too much snow. And you have my sympathy. But I’ve wanted some snow of my own! I know, it’s selfish to expect a global meteorological system to deliver based on the desires of one person. And maybe it’s heartless to want something that’s caused so many people so much disaster. But, to use a phrase that I hate, the heart wants what the heart wants. And mine longs for snow.

I’m not a kid anymore. I don’t necessarily want to run out and play in a foot of snow. I don’t want to build snowmen. I don’t want to have snowball fights. I don’t want to make snow angels. Okay… those are mostly lies. I would like to do most, if not all, of those things. But I don’t actually own the proper attire for playing in the snow. I should probably make that investment at some point, seeing as how I long for snow so much of the winter. But the point is, I’m not looking for snow so that I can play in it. I want a snow day.

See, I work in a school. And it’s been my experience, as an adult, that the grown-ups look forward to snow days just as much as the students. Especially when it comes to this time of the year. Unless you’re lucky enough to work in a system that gives you Presidents’ Day off, there are no breaks between MLK and Spring Break. The kids will get a teacher work day at the end of a grading period, but the adults are still expected to work.

Snow WeekLast week, I got my snow days. Five of them, to be exact. Now, I just wanted a couple of snow days. Two would have been plenty for me to get by for the rest of the winter. But the skies opened up and dumped so much snow that the wonderful workers at the Department of Transportation just couldn’t keep up. The bitterly cold temperatures made plowing a near impossibility in most locations. And so, I basically got an unexpected week of vacation. Not that I could go anywhere if I wanted to…

I spent most of my time at home. I got caught up on any paperwork that I was neglecting. I watched some Netflix here and there. When I was able to get out of the house, I ran some errands and got things done. I even met with an oral surgeon about finally having my wisdom teeth taken out. That’s coming up in a few weeks, so I have that to look forward to. All in all, it was a lovely week.

And then it snowed again yesterday. A lot. I think they were calling for 3-5 inches, plus sleet and freezing rain. I don’t remember seeing any of the sleet throughout the day, but we ended up with about 7 inches of snow on top of what had yet to be cleared from the previous week. What will this mean for my upcoming work week? It’s supposed to warm to above freezing today, so I don’t expect it will affect school too horribly. But I guess there is a possibility of another snow day here and there. After a full week off, I’m sure I’ll be content with a 2 hour delay.


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