The Snow Day Dilemma.

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It’s here.

The first Snow Day of the year.

You might be asking (or not) why is “Snow Day” capitalized.

Good question (or not). 

Because the Snow Day is a sacred event that must always be treated with the highest respect.

One does not want to anger the Snow Day Gods.  If you do there may not be another.He's Asleep.  He's Always Asleep.

And none of us want that.

This is why it is important to never ever anticipate the Snow Day.  Even if our friend Jim Cantore at the Weather Channel is calling for 97 feet of snow overnight (and high winds which as you know can cause blowing and drifting), always act like you will have school the next day.

Go to bed at the regular time, iron your clothes, and pack your lunch.

To repeat:  I can’t stress this strongly enough… never ever take the Snow Day for granted.

The Snow Day knows where you live and doesn’t take disrespect kindly.

The Snow Day ranks right up there with the Big 2.  Summer and Christmas Vacations.

You could make the argument that the Snow Day is the grandest of all these school events because it is unexpected, but that is a whole different blog.

So now that the Snow Day has arrived, school has been cancelled, and I’ve been up since the wee hours, I am left with the Snow Day Dilemma.

Really it’s a riddle.

A riddle wrapped in a conundrum.

Surrounded by a giant vat of enigma.

Or something like that.

Here’s my dilemma.  Should I stay up the rest of the morning and take a Snow Day Nap this afternoon or should I go back to bed for the Snow Day Sleep In?

Decisions, decisions.

They said being a superintendent would be challenging, but I had no idea I would face these types of difficult situations.

It’s almost like I can’t win.

Stay up and I feel groggy.

Go back to bed and I’m a lazy piece of crap.

It’s not easy being me.

Maybe I should ask Buddy the Dog.

He just woke up from his 12 hour overnight snooze fest.  He does his best thinking when he’s well rested.

And as you know, I go to Buddy for help with all of my big educational questions.

Whoops, too late.

He’s already asleep in what is sure to be his first of 6 naps today (he was up for less than 7 minutes… I wish I was kidding).

While you can (and should) make the argument that he’s not overly ambitious, you have to admit… he knows how to make a decision.

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9 Responses to “The Snow Day Dilemma.”


  1. Christa Frantz
    on Jan 7th, 2010
    @ 7:28 am

    We here in Ohio are hoping for the best kind of Snow Day of all…Friday!! By the way, we are missing Buddy Cam. Is it coming back?


  2. Olwyn Hughes
    on Jan 7th, 2010
    @ 8:00 am

    I wish we got snow days where I am. All the outlying districts will call a snow day and ours NEVER does. Even if it takes teachers an extra 2 hours to get here (some live an hour’s drive away in good weather!) we still have school.

    Of course, this year that doesn’t seem to be an issue as all of the snow seems to have gone east and none is hitting the west coast. Right now we are really earning our nickname of the wet coast. All we have is rain, rain, rain!!!!

    As to your tough sleeping decision? Enjoy a sleep in AND a nap. Now doesn’t that take the decision making out of your hands?


  3. Liberty Rose
    on Jan 7th, 2010
    @ 8:02 am

    We have many superstitions and rituals surrounding making the Snow Day happen.

    1. Wear your jammies inside out and backwards the night before.
    2. Flush ice cubes down the toilet.
    3. Sleep with a spoon under our pillow.
    4. Do the Snow Day dance. This is an interpretive dance and we all have our own version.
    Enjoy your day away. I vote for a little activity, a little snooze, a little activity, a little snooze, a snack, a snooze…..Just follow Buddy’s lead.


  4. Mimi
    on Jan 7th, 2010
    @ 10:16 am

    ENJOY!! Oh the Snowday joy!! I only experienced two glorious snow days in my eight years of teaching (NYC public school teachers are like the mailmen…and mailwomen…).

    My vote is GO BACK TO SLEEP. I know it is a little late to cast a vote, but I’m hoping that was your choice. And then, watch a fabulously bad good movie on TV (Talladega Nights anyone? No? I’m alone on this one?) DO NOT put pressure on yourself to get a million things done. As you said, respect the snow day and take full advantage of it.

    P.S. – Buddy may be the most photogenic dog ever. Adorable.


  5. Emil
    on Jan 7th, 2010
    @ 10:56 am

    Oh, I’ve made the crucial error…when I was 100% positively sure absolutely that it would be a snow day….I did not make my lunch the night before. And drove to school in a blizzard the next day. Sigh.


  6. Angie
    on Jan 8th, 2010
    @ 8:16 am

    We just had a snow day yesterday. Should have been a late-arrival day because now we’re looking at having a staff development day on a Saturday. Anyway, I was in pajamas until 1:30 (then went to sweats) and watched TV all day. Nice!


  7. Dianne
    on Jan 8th, 2010
    @ 4:50 pm

    The year my second daughter was born, we only had school ONE day in January!!! And this was before they thought up the Dreaded Make-Up Day!!!
    Liberty Rose….you had the same rituals we had in Indiana!
    Now I’m in Georgia and they had a snow day for 1/2 inch of snow. People in Indiana are giggling! But people here don’t know to slow down for ice on the road, so it is a good thing.
    Hope you enjoyed snoozing with the dog!


  8. mcorbett76
    on Jan 9th, 2010
    @ 2:11 pm

    I’m probably in the minority here, but I really dislike snowdays. It means I’ll be in school on a day when I should’ve been out of school enjoying the beautiful June weather.


  9. Bea
    on Jan 11th, 2011
    @ 5:52 pm

    Flush ice down the toilet
    Sleep with a spoon under your pillow, the biggest one you can find.
    Wear your pajamas inside out, backwards, and even upside down if you can!
    Do an interpretive snow dance.
    Sleep with a lgiht colored teddy bear on your window sill.
    Pray to the snow gods in any language besides english.
    Freeze a snowball in the freezer!
    Good luck.

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