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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

Snow & Snow Days

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Mother Nature held out on me for two whole years in the snow day department. One of the perks of being a Maryland teacher (especially a north-central Maryland teacher) is the snow day: We don't get enough snow around here to actually be able to cope with it, but we do get enough to shut down schools at least a few times each winter. Well, my first two years teaching and one snow day--pathetic! This year, though, it has all caught up with me: We've had three snow days prior to today already. Today, we had a major winter storm. Another snow day. And ... Baltimore County has already announced schools are closed for tomorrow! \0/

The funny thing is that today was a professional development day ... or was supposed to be, but our director went through the onerous process with the Department of Ed to have our calendar changed to have the students come to school so that we could make up one of the three snow days we've had so far this year. And it ended up being another snow day.

She likes to try to make the rest of us down on snow days because the school loses money, since it can't bill that day for students who are discharged before the snow day is made up. She likes to put the specter of making up the snow days during our summer break in front of us. Hogwash. The students get an extra week off than we do, and they make up the snow days from that (and professional development days). Honestly, I'd rather have the students in school for those days; if they left us the hell alone on professional development days, I might mind, but they overschedule us with training and meetings, and I get less done planning-wise than if the kids were there.

In the meantime, I've gotten a ton done. I was off on Friday because of my eye, had the weekend, Monday was a holiday (Martin Luther King Day), and now two snow days. It's like a second Christmas break. I'm not complaining. I got caught up on various things that I'd been putting off for a while.

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  • In the meantime, I've gotten a ton done. I was off on Friday because of my eye, had the weekend, Monday was a holiday (Martin Luther King Day), and now two snow days. It's like a second Christmas break. I'm not complaining. I got caught up on various things that I'd been putting off for a while.

    You go, Dawn! That's the spirit! I slept a lot yesterday and today! Oh, well. I will do better tomorrow, even if Alex stays home. Unlikely he will get a snow day, but his mother might try to leave him anyhow it is going to be inhumanely cold tomorrow.
    • I slept till almost 10 today! It was wonderful! :D Part of the good thing about this extra-long break has been that I can go back on my normal schedule ... which is most decidedly not getting up at 6 AM to go to work.

      (I will suffer when I go back to work but oh well. It's been nice to get caught up on things and actually have some time to relax too.)
      • I stay up really late and then wake up really early in the morning and then take a nap. I am on a terrible schedule. Yuk! Out of step with most of the world.
        • My ideal schedule is to bed around 1-2 and up around 9. My biggest complaint about my chosen profession is the early hours (and my school starts relatively late; the kids are allowed in the building at 8:05 and first period starts at 8:15). All those early days equals sleep deprivation bit by bit. I suffer with it.

          I couldn't do your schedule!
  • I am nearly jealous! Nearly because although I worked yesterday and today, it was two days of that enviable I got paid to faff around with fannish stuff! ;)

    Awesome for getting stuff done!
  • Happy Snow Day!
  • Yay for snow days! :D Even though I've only had one in two years of being here - all the snow seems to hit just a slight bit in any given direction except here.

    I'm glad you've had time to get a ton of stuff done!
    • Snow days are the best! And I think I might live in one of the best possible places for them. We get the some of the heaviest snowfall in Carroll County of central Maryland, yet we don't cope well with it like they do in western Maryland. It's pretty awesome to turn on the radio and be told to stay home for the day. ;)
  • How much snow did you get? Looks like about 4 to 5 inches here (which is not much), and it's chilly at 7F.

    The Battlement advised us to work from home today, so that's exactly what I am doing. And not pressing work either, as I am at a lull now. That will change dramatically during the latter half of the year.

    I recall one year that the Spawn were in school until the end of June, thanks to a VERY snowy Boston winter (2003-2004, maybe).

    I'm still in my bathrobe. :^)
    • I'm still in my jammies! :D

      According to the Green Knight, the official NWS snowfall for Manchester was 10.2 inches. I haven't been out in it--it is currently 13F!--so I'm going to trust them on that one. :) Ten inches (really, anything over 3 ...) is a lot for us in Maryland. Now will be the wait to see what tomorrow brings. I'm sure we'll be delayed because of the cold if nothing else, but Baltimore County, being as it contains most of the suburbs of Baltimore City, is a honeycomb of side streets, so it remains to be seen if they'll get those adequately cleared for the school buses tomorrow.

      In 1997, when I was in 7th grade, we got an ice storm that closed schools for a week, on top of numerous other weather-related closings. (This was the year that competes in the record books, in Maryland, with this year's arrival of the polar vortex in terms of low temps.) We ended up losing our spring break, and they opened schools early and kept them open later in the day to make up the time. (Back then we didn't get out till mid-June, which I suppose is why they didn't think they could just extend the school year. That year was misery having to wake up even earlier than usual, and the school used to make us wait outside for 15 minutes each morning in those subzero temperatures before letting us in. Thus it is memorable!)
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