Ten Ways to Avoid Being Productive on a Snow Day


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Snow Day

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that snow days are still exciting even when one is an adult. Unless, of course, your employer is cruel and still makes you drive to work despite the foot of snow on the ground. I’ve been there too, and I feel for you. However, let me briefly boast that my employer is not cruel.

I awoke at 5:30AM to the pleas of a hungry cat, and while I had intended to fall back asleep for another hour, I couldn’t for I was waiting for the text message informing me the office was closed for the day. After two cups of coffee and 45 minutes of watching the weather updates on the local news channel, the anticipation became unbearable, and I began contemplating ways to convince my manager to let me have a late start to the day– any way to avoid the traffic on slushy, snowy roads. Plus there was no guarantee my tiny Ford Fiesta was even going to make it out of its parking spot and through a foot of snow to said roads. Then, a Thursday miracle happened; the text message announcing the office was closed for the day came through. Followed by another text message from my manager asking me to complete work at home. Naturally, I’ve spent most of the morning avoiding being productive. Here have been the most effective ways I’ve found:

  1. Praise your significant other for having the foresight (read: impulsiveness) to buy season 5 of Modern Family on DVD the night before just in case work was called off.
  2. Proceed to binge watch Modern Family.
  3. Eat a bowl of cinnamon Life cereal because you’d never afford yourself the luxury of eating breakfast on a normal work day.
  4. Contemplate eating another bowl of Life cereal but decide to eat a bag of Cheetos instead because today is a day worth celebrating.
  5. Send pictures of the winter wonderland to your mom, who is flying in for the weekend from some place warmer.
  6. Ask your significant other to “let you know when he’s hungry”, so you can make turkey sandwiches and heat up left over (homemade) broccoli cheddar soup for lunch.
  7. Realize it’s not even noon yet and that you probably shouldn’t curb boredom with food.
  8. Make yourself a cup of Breakfast tea instead.
  9. Make turkey sandwiches and soup anyway.
  10. Send an e-mail to your manager to make it appear you are being productive before tucking in to another Modern Family marathon.

What are some of your favorite ways to avoid being productive?

3 responses to “Ten Ways to Avoid Being Productive on a Snow Day”

  1. joyousreads Avatar

    Snow days! Unfortunately for us, snow days are not that common. You would need at least three feet of snow for the city to declare one. Lol. It is expected that as Canadians, we are prepared for whatever Old Man Winter blows our way.


  2. Emily @ Loony Literate Avatar
    Emily @ Loony Literate

    Oh man I wish we had more snow in Australia. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if they called off school/work/univerisity when it got too hot, but NO SUCH LUCK.

    But basically, your snow day sounds amazing. I’m impressed by how productive you were even while being unproductive 🙂


  3. Cait @ Paper Fury Avatar
    Cait @ Paper Fury

    Omg this is hilarious. xD I WISH I COULD SEE SNOW SOMEDAY. I mean, there is definitely snow in Australia, but nooowhere near where I live. *pouts* And I think that sounds like a deliciously cosy day and tbh, I’m inviting myself over for that lunch because YUM.


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Hello, my name is Jackie. I’m a thirty-something mother of a rambunctious toddler from a small town in Michigan. When I’m not toddler-wrangling, I’m often seeking refuge from life’s most chaotic moments in a cup of hot tea. I also love getting lost in stories—both in books and virtually. I enjoy speculative fiction the most, and I am especially eager to read fantasy novels and horror novels. When I’m feeling especially indulgent (usually after everyone in the house has gone to sleep), I like to dive into video games and explore the sprawling worlds in Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, and Mass Effect.

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