I woke up early in the morning and looked outside to see the earth blanketed with a beautiful layer of ice and snow. It was not so much that it would keep someone from running to the store to stock up on cookies and sushi and other necessities, but just the right amount to keep school buses off the roads. Our first true Snow Day of the year.
I planned ahead, anticipating this might be the case. Before I went to bed last night, I turned off my daughters’ alarm clock. Last week when there was a 2-hour delay, our extra 2 hours of sleep was disturbed by that blasted thing going off at 6:30.
I also left the computer on the website for school closings so I could quickly wake up in the night and hit “refresh” to see if heaven was indeed coming down to earth in the form a snow day.
Then I set the TV to record the news in the morning starting long before I awoke so I could easily do some fast-forwarding or rewinding to catch the weather scoop should I have that desire.
The key to enjoying a snow day is to wake up early enough to find out if school is canceled. If you wake up too close to your normal waking time, you risk STAYING awake, and that is plain nonsense. There is no need for that in my life right now. However, if you wake up at least an hour or two too early, your body has a much easier time going back to sleep for 6 more weeks of winter.
About 5:00 a.m., I awoke and checked the computer and saw the glorious news. Then I shared that news with the daughter who usually gets up first since she’s likely to get up and get ready with or without the alarm clock. On the day of the previous 2-hour delay, she’s so responsible, she didn’t view it as 2 extra hours to sleep and rest up. She hopped out of bed and had two extra hours to tackle the day. Why don’t 3rd graders recognize the importance of sleep? How long before they start wanting to take naps again?
Anyway, the plan worked superbly. Everyone slept in. We woke up late and were pokey for a while after getting up. Leisurely shower. A little breakfast. Some talk about the fun to be had on a snow day.
And then it hit me…SCHOOL’S canceled, not WORK!
Friday, February 22, 2008
Posted by Scott at 11:30 AM