Today in Derry, NH along with all of the NorthEast, we are experiencing, what the weatherman coined as the phrase, a snowpocalypse 2015 for Boston. Blizzard snowfall has been coming down for the last 8 hours at a rate of 2-3 inches of the white stuff per hour. When you add freezing cold temperatures and gusting winds, you get yourself a doozy of a snow storm. So far the accumulation has been approximately 1 foot of snow, and the weather forecasters report to get up to 2 feet by the end.
With air travel at a stand still, road travel bans, school cancellations and most all businesses closed, the area looks like a white tundra of emptiness. Its eerie, yet quite beautiful to hear the deafening silence, if you dare to step outside, as the landscape is covered in a blanket of soft powder. Children are full of glee, even some adults, but many find it a nuisance being stuck inside waiting it out.
The best thing to do is try to make the best of it, right?
Use this time being trapped inside to get things done that you never seem to have time to do. Maybe you have been putting off cleaning out your closet, or rearranging a room, or possibly you’ve been wanting to start a DIY project that never got off to a start.
If that sounds lame, how about taking the time to catch up with your family. So many of us live together, see each other every day, with our comings and goings, but don’t really take the time to talk to each other. This is very true if you live with teens. What a great time to reconnect or express love.
If you stocked up on food, which is kind of the common trend with snow storms, try making a delicious meal. What a perfect time to try a new recipe. I never did understand the mass hysteria of hoards of people stockpiling food for a storm. People at our local grocery stores literally waited hours in line to get the food they so needed, or thought they did. How much food does one really need for one day at home? Why do people feel the need to eat an entire weeks worth of food for one day? Not to mention, if you lose power, all the food will spoil. Seems a bit overkill, but its always been this way, and probably always will.
How about having a movie marathon or watch a tv series on Netflix. What a perfect day to snuggle up on the couch with your loved ones and pets in your pjs. Pop a bag of popcorn and get your spot on the couch and make it a day of being a couch potato. You don’t have to feel guilty, everyone deserves a lazy day once in a while.
If you are way too hyper to just veg out on the couch all day, how about doing a yoga video. Exercise videos are a great way to get your body moving, while not having to leave your house. If you have on-demand there are plenty of workouts to choose from, from pilates, to yoga, to zumba, you name it. You can get your workout in no matter what. No excuses! My personal favorite is the The Ultimate Yogi DVD series by Travis Elliot.
Or, if you are feeling like you need a little pampering. How about giving yourself a little spa day. You can start out by doing a facial, then a manicure and pedicure, enjoy a warm bubble bath and end with a nice cup of tea. If you are lucky, you could even ask someone in your house to give you a back or foot rub.
Another great thing to do is read. If you love reading, but never seem to have the time to get into a new book, this is it. Find a book in your house that you bought but never had a chance to finish or even start and go for it. Maybe you can even finish it. If you have no books at home, you can download ebooks instantly from amazon. They have thousands of titles to choose from.
Finally, something that I find myself doing on winter days like these is planning my next escape to a warm and sunny destination. Even though I’ve lived my whole life in New England, except 4 years in Alaska, I’m sad to say, I really don’t like the cold. I try to grin and bare it, but I can’t help but to count down days until the warm weather returns. I usually find myself searching tropical beach resorts and wishing I was there.
Blizzard Juno has definitely made its presence known in my parts. I love seeing all the pictures and videos that everyone is posting from NYC and Boston, just enjoying themselves in winter bliss. I’m making the best of it, hanging out with my family, eating food, watching movies, blogging, and kind of like not having to go to work today, I just hope I don’t lose power.
Is anyone else in the Juno Blizzard? And if so, what are you doing to pass the time?