Snow Days – Productive or Play?

Today’s 44 was actually a simple move (some days I need it to be a little easier!!).  I think it is a ballet stance (1st, 2nd….???) – anyway start with your heels together, toes slightly turned out - 



From the start, squat down and reach your hands to the floor -



Then stand up on toes and reach to the sky -



See, a nice easy move – more of a stretch than anything!!!  Maybe these should be called a ballet squat & reach (closest I will ever come to ballet!).

Day 3 of Michelle Bridges – There were 3 different program options (I think 3) and I chose the Lean and Strong plan.  Lots of lifting which is good since I haven’t done much lifting for awhile.  Yesterday I also managed to get an 11 mile run in!!

morning view

morning view

So, the call to cancel school yesterday ended up being a smart choice.  The snow started around 9:00am and it was still coming down at 10:00 when we went to bed.  

start of the sunrise

start of the sunrise

I think that I saw about 13″ as the general consensus.  UGH!!!!!  

back deck - snow almost up to bottom of chairs

back deck – snow almost up to bottom of chairs

Sometime yesterday evening they made the decision to cancel school again today.  The snow has stopped and the current temperature is 3* with a high of about 14 for the day.  Actually based on the upcoming week’s forecast, we are going to have snow around for a LONG time!!!

mountain in the cup-de-sac from the plow

mountain in the cul-de-sac from the plow

So – how do you handle snow days?  Do you use them to be uber productive or do you treat them as a bonus day?

When I worked full time at a school, I always viewed snow days as a gift – a day to relax and watch movies and play games with the boys.

Now that I’m technically self-employed and the work never goes away I still view snow days as a bonus day to enjoy.  No alarms, no rushing around, extra time lounging.  Yesterday and today are double treats because Chris even got snow days – rare for the base to close!!!

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 8.14.09 AMToday I might have to do a little bit of work stuff but overall I’m going to keep to my rule and let this be a bonus day.  I think we are even going to try and get in a game of Monopoly later!!!

My #1 snow day rule is always this – I NEVER LEAVE THE HOUSE ON A SNOW DAY.  NOT EVEN TO GET THE MAIL!!!!

I’m not a fan of snow.  I don’t look outside and think it’s pretty or fun or any of those things.  I look outside and just see cold and slick and mess. UGH!!

Snow days – do you treat them as a bonus day or is it a day to be productive?
Do you like snow?

Happy Wednesday!!


About Kim

I am a 43 year old wife, mom and athlete. I started running in high school and have loved it ever since. As I got older, I had to stop running every day so I added in weight training and all sorts of fun work-outs like Insanity, P90X and Turbo Fire. I'm a certified personal trainer and I love all aspects of fitness.
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84 Responses to Snow Days – Productive or Play?

  1. I was still working on Monday’s snow day, but hoping to enjoy a bit of today’s. Seriously can’t believe all the snow we are getting here and supposed to get more this Sunday, too. Crazy and just hope Spring gets here soon now, because I for one am so done with the cold and the snow now more then ever!
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  2. YES to a bonus day!!!!!!!!!!!! You deserve it Kim!!!! :)

    Ummmmmmmmmm, no snow days here.. :)
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  3. I don’t mind a snow day here or there and treat it as a bonus day with the girls. But this winter has been brutal. It’s impossible to get any work done with them home, and after multiple snow days, delays, and early pick-ups, I’m drowning in work. Definitely ready for spring!
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    • Kim says:

      Nicole, I remember when the boys were younger – snow days weren’t always my favorite – especially when Chris was deployed. Being cooped up with 2 small boys all day and no one coming home at the end of the day was not that fun. Now I enjoy the bonus days much more.
      But I’m right there with you – I am ready for spring and summer!
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  4. It’s soooo pretty. I know it’s a lot of snow and probably a pain but it looks so gorgeous. I want to photograph it all!
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  5. Allie says:

    We are getting your storm today! I think we have 10 inches so far and it’s been snowing all night and into this afternoon. Later we’re getting sleet. Fun.
    These days snow days are a mix for me. I like not having to rush around in the morning but then I get super productive since I’m like a caged animal – with two other animals. I’m happy I now have my bike on a trainer at home, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to get a workout in other then a snowshoe!
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  6. I wish we still had snow days!! My commute was awful this morning!

    I love the ballet squat and reach. As a dancer I can tell you that is first position. :)
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  7. winter can suck it. i’m SO OVER it. right now, we’re getting another 20cm+ of snow and i’m such a moron and came into work. the drive home should be fun. i should’ve stayed home today :(

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    • Kim says:

      Kathy, I’m with you – winter can totally suck it!!! I hate winter – I feel the need to tell my husband that every day – he seemed annoyed earlier – I told him I would quit saying it when I get to spend my winters on the beach – I think that’s totally fair!!!
      I hope you made it home safely today!!
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  8. I wish on our snow days that I never had to leave the house…**sigh**
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  9. I work from home a few days a week as it is, so if there’s a snow day here it really makes no difference to me…I’m still working.
    Yay to Monopoly! I love that game, although I get a little competitive at times. I’m with you on the snow too…I just see bad things out there. It’s rare that it is enjoyable, but every now and then I manage to have some fun in it.
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  10. FINALLY! A woman after my own heart with her thoughts about the snow! Most of the time, I hate it, like I think I mentioned. But I am trying to find the beauty in a fresh snow, especially since it will be around for a while. I like your snow day rule. Where I work, snow days don’t seem to exist. They are called “you must take one of your hard earned vacation days if you don’t want to trek out in the snow.” No thank you.
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    • Kim says:

      Amy, over here you can mention how much you hate snow as often as you like. In fact, just a few minutes ago I felt the need to tell my husband how much I hate this weather – he said, “I know.” I might have said it a few million times (in the past couple of days!).
      Bummer about having to take vacation days if you don’t want to drive to work on a snow day. I guess working at a school (and now being self-employed) has some great benefits.
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  11. Tamara says:

    I’ll be surprised if I get dressed today! And I can’t afford to be lazy, although I had a bad sleeping night and those are rare and terrible for me. I have two projects due by Friday. I’m banking on Des taking a long nap. Sigh!
    Snow Globe City!
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  12. Cindy says:

    With the wonders of computers our office functions snow or no snow. I can work from home and all phone calls can be routed to our cell phones but I would miss my workout at the gym. Right now the storm is hitting us in Toronto and it is a mess here schools are open and I went to the gym this morning and work but it wasn’t easy. We have 15 cm (6in) now and we are getting 15 more.
    Cool! Big waterfalls of snow are sliding off the peaked steel roof of our old city hall when the wind blows the right way!
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  13. Victoria says:

    Well IF we would get a day off because of snow I would just be inside, snuggled up infron of the tv I think :P
    But since everything floats on like normal when its snowing I treat just like a regular day ^^ except I might be a little bit grumpy coz I dislike snow- 100% haha.
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  14. Marcia says:

    The eternal kid in me will always think of snow days as a bonus. We got about 8″ overnight although technically it’s still snowing. Thing 1′s school bus slid off the road today so should it have been a snow day? Maybe. Glad I drove her today. It will be interesting to see what they do in the next couple of days because we’re going back down to -10. I swear will it ever end?
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    • Kim says:

      Marcia, scary about the bus sliding off the road – glad your daughter wasn’t on it but still don’t want anyone to be hurt or even scared!!!
      I’m ready for the winter to end – it makes me cranky and I really could easily turn into a total hermit (except I have to do stuff…).
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  15. Yikes! That is A LOT of snow! Definitely hope you are all staying warm! I tend to use snow days for things like eating a lot of brownies and watching too much TV! ;) -Ashley
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  16. Kathy says:

    Oh the life of a snow day. When we had the first one around here the Mall Of America offered FREE rides all day to any one who would come out. FREE RIDES? It’s -50 with wind chill NO WAY am I leaving my house for a FREE RIDE….others did NOT think like me….it was more packed than Black Friday.

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  17. I love the picture of the sunrise! I use any day off as a productive day. At work I am limited to the amount of time I can put in with my blog but if I’m home for an extra day, I really take advantage of the work I can put in.
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  18. I love your morning view! It is so beautiful with all that snow. I can’t believe how much snow you guys got though. Crazy!! I really love snow days, unless the winter is especially harsh. I try to get a lot of things done at home and enjoy the slower pace a bit.
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    • Kim says:

      Melanie, my morning view is better without snow (can you tell how much I hate snow?!). I like staying in on snow days. Tomorrow when life resumes (still with a foot+ of snow on the ground and single digit temps) I will not like anything about the snow, winter or cold!!!
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  19. Being in Florida, I don’t get too many snow days. Or any, really! If we did, though, I’d use them as a catch-up-on-reading day.
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  20. Amber says:

    On snow days I generally stay home to stay safe. People can’t really drive in it here.

    Plus it’s warm inside.
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  21. Char says:

    It really does look so pretty. But that’s coming from someone who views snow as a novelty. Enjoy your days off.
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  22. Marianne says:

    Long time reader but first time commenting. Really like your blog. We don’t have snow days here in Florida obviously. I wouldn’t know what to do with all that snow! I hate to tell anybody what are temperatures are in Central Florida.

  23. WOW! That’s a lot of snow!!! I have no idea what that is like here on the Gulf Coast! The 1 inch on ice last week freaked us out!!! Enjoy your snow days!
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  24. Diana says:

    Since I don’t work, a snow day is like any other day for me… except that if both kids are out of school, they can entertain each other and there’s less of the “Momma! Momma! Momma!” that I hear when it’s just me and my daughter. =)

    We just got done playing Monopoly – the Despicable Me version. LOL
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    • Kim says:

      Diana, when I stayed home full time and the boys were young I didn’t mind snow days except when Chris was deployed – then I hated them – it was like never ending days (and days and days!!!).
      I didn’t even know there was a Despicable Me version of Monopoly – fun!! We spend 3+ hours playing Monopoly today – I was the first loser!!
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  25. Lori says:

    Well, I work from home and we don’t have kids, so snow days don’t mean a whole lot to us, other than having to clear the driveway LOL! I am so over this winter already and more snow to come.
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  26. We’ve been snowed in today. It’s crazy how almost everyone seems to be. Today we went outside and played. My kids love the snow. I’ll join them for a bit but then I have to go back in to warm up because I can’t feel my toes and fingers!
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  27. Tara Newman says:

    I treat it like a bonus day. I spend extra time snuggling with the little ones and enjoying this time with them because it won’t always be like this (heartbreaking!). However, I do use the time to do a little extra organizing, laundry, straightening up…like “commercial cleaning.” I have to say, it is nice once in a while but now I am done. Two in one week just throws everything for a loop. I am also feeling completely unmotivated. Took so much energy to hit start on the treadmill today.
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    • Kim says:

      Tara, I agree – the snuggling ends (or at least changes!). I try not to spend snow days cleaning or doing laundry – I really do view them as a bonus to enjoy. I let the boys have extra time to do the things they enjoy (and don’t have time for during a normal school day) and we try to do something together (today it was 3+ hours of Monopoly).
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  28. I never leave the house on snow days…then again everyday here is a snow day so you can imagine how little I leave the house haha!
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  29. Kita Bryant says:

    I am all for the extra day but I am so tired of this snow I need spring here now. I actually did some dance stuff with my wii so that was a good work out.
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  30. Dana says:

    I start out productive but don’t always end up that way. Today I intended to have the kids help me clean out a games closet in the basement – didn’t happen. But the roads were ok by the afternoon so I did a Costco run. I do love that the kids can just be lazy and sleep in – but they better go to school tomorrow!
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  31. Coco says:

    I would love to get enough snow to play in — even if I have to shovel the walk. If we get a serious snow day I definitely take time to enjoy it.
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  32. They are totally for play! It’s like playing hookie with no consequences.
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  33. We had two snow days last week and they were half productive half play. Still woke up early, but took the time to cook a big breakfast and then read blogs and play on the computer for hours. After that I took a short nap and woke up to a super productive afternoon.
    Makes me want another snow day.
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  34. Nellie says:

    I personally DO NOT handle snow days very well, I suffer from cabin fever REALLY bad! I can’t believe the bad weather we are all having! Crazy.
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  35. Lindsay says:

    I would fo stir crazy after one day. But at least you can workout and put the kids to work, right?
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  36. jan says:

    For me, it depends on how many snow days. If it’s one, then I love it, stay home, etc. Today was #6 so I’m kind of over it. We went sledding at my grandma’s, to the coffee shop, washed the car at the drive-through, etc. I can’t believe how much snow you got!! That’s a ton for you!! Stay warm!
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    • Kim says:

      Jan, it is a lot of snow and with the forecasted temps it will be here for weeks – trying not to be totally bummed by that fact!!
      When the boys were little I still did stuff on snow days – now they are older and it is easier to just stay in – warm and dry!!! Today we even spent 3 hours playing Monopoly!
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  37. As I mentioned yesterday – I don’t have snow days anymore! THANK YOU LOS ANGELES – however, I do love when it rains because it gives me an “excuse” to stay inside and get work done. Ha! So if I were to get a snow day, I would definitely keep on working, but I might take an hour or two to………….. TAKE A NAP. Oh and I would certainly stay in my jammies all day (well after I worked out, of course!)
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    • Kim says:

      GiGi, rainy days are nice, too!!! I have been in fleece for 3+ days now and it is awesome – sad that I’m going to actually have to leave my warm house soon and go out in the cold snow!!
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  38. Michelle says:

    I worked through the snow day today. We got quite a bit of snow!! Not sure what the final was. If it stays cold, I could be snowshoeing for a while!
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    • Kim says:

      Michelle, I tried to mix in a bit of productivity with plenty of down time – and a 3 hour game of Monopoly with the boys!
      We aren’t supposed to even get to the freezing mark until sometime well into next week – this snow won’t be leaving anytime soon!
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  39. I usually go stir crazy on a snow day… tomorrow will be #4 for us!
    We got 5-6 inches of snow and then .5 inches of ice over it… :(
    With a baby though… I wouldn’t leave even if I could so he is keeping we occupied. ;)
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  40. I hate snow and snow days too. They always send me scrambling to find child care. I can easily take the day off, but I am stingy with my time-off. If I end up home on a snow day, I treat it as a bonus day and try to do as little as possible.
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  41. Brittnei says:

    You are too funny! That is definitely 1st position. It sort of reminds me of a safe burpee I can do minus the jump. I definitely wouldn’t go outside for snow days either! I agree with you on that one!
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    • Kim says:

      Brittnei, can you tell that I have zero dance background?!
      I haven’t been out (other than to drive the boys to school this morning) since Monday – I prefer to stay in when the weather is like this.
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  42. I was very productive yesterday and caught up on some blog posts!
    Now I just need to catch up on my bloglovin’ feed!
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