How to Keep Occupied on a Snowy Day

(Would you like to listen rather than read? Check out my podcast episode on this same topic here.)

This snow is peaceful. Blizzards...not so much. Image courtesy of murrysvillechurch.com

This snow is peaceful. Blizzards…not so much.
Image courtesy of murrysvillechurch.com

I wanted to keep this week’s post timely. Since storm Jonas is upon the US East coast, here are a few ideas on how to keep occupied while you’re snowed in, not just for this 2016 weekend, but also for other snow days as well.

I’ve broken the suggestions down into four categories: Netflix, Books, Art, and Being a Kid.

  1. Netflix: Here are my suggestions on fun shows to watch while sipping your warm beverage of choice.
    • If you’re in for thrills and psychological intrigue, watch Dexter & Criminal Minds.
    • The 100 provides a great sci-fi plot line and a diverse (and large!) cast of characters.
    • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Solving mysteries set in the 1920s. ‘Nuff said.
    • How Stuff Works gives a behind-the-scenes looks at, well, how stuff works. One of my favorite episodes was seeing how contacts were made.

The next few activity categories can be done with or without power.

      2. Books: Are you a bookworm? Curl up with one of these while watching the snow fall outside your window!

    • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is a whimsical yet mature tale that asks: Can a snow girl come to life?
    • The Walking Dead comics by Robert Kirkman have fantastic artwork and have (in my opinion) a grittier storyline than the show.
    • The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde is a fun, quick read that will give you tools to spice up your yawn-inducing meeting notes.
    • The Olympians comic series by George O’Connor. Greek gods in comic form. Do you need more convincing? (If so, I don’t think we can be friends…. :-P)

      3. Art: Use the time off to get your hands dirty!

    • Fingerpaint.
    • Paint with coffee or tea.
    • Draw with whatever you have. Draw your meal, the scene outside your window, or your pets. Make the mundane frame worthy!
    • Play the squiggle game. This is pretty simple: Take out a piece of paper and draw a squiggle on it (any shape, size, etc). Have the next person add to it. You can go back and forth (or pass from person to person if there is a group of 3 or more) until the squiggle looks like something recognizable, like a person, a starfish, or a dragon.

      4. Be a kid!

    • Build a fort. Get pillows and blankets, then defend your territory!
    • Make shadow puppets.
    • Make hot chocolate with tons of marshmallows for a lovely sugar coma.
    • Tell (ghost) stories.
    • Play in the snow!

What are some activities you like to do when you’re snowed in? Share in the comments!

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Doing Nothing is the Most Productive Thing To Do

Most weeks, my life consists of work, laundry, volunteering, and sometimes cooking.  My weekends can get even more hectic with family parties, dinner with friends, weekend events, and catching up on errands thrown in.  It’s all good stuff, but it can get overwhelming.

This past weekend was the first in a while where I could just sit back and enjoy the luxury of doing nothing.  Sure, there are things I could have been doing, like cleaning or writing a book review.  But I often forget that sometimes doing nothing can boost productivity later.  Monday is coming to a close and I felt rested for most of the day, which is a plus of rest!

Well, I did do a couple of things this weekend.  I finally finished a book I borrowed from a friend over six months ago (The Book Thief by Markus Zusak…good stuff!).   I even made some yummy Black Bean and Brown Rice chili (I added ground beef later):

Speaking of food, my boyfriend and I also gorged on junk food while watching the Jason Statham/Jet Li gem “War.”  Also (perhaps more importantly), my boyfriend and I completely obliterated a score I held in Geometry Wars 2.

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2

For those of you not familiar with the game, Geometry Wars 2 allows those of you despise Math to do what you’ve always dreamed of: shoot shapes!  There are several shape-shooting modes, but my favorite is called “King.”  In King mode, you fly from circle to circle trying to shoot the multicolored shapes and snakes while avoiding contact with them.  Shapes cannot get to you while you are in a circle.  The catch?  The circles start to shrink and disappear about 5 seconds after you enter one and you can only shoot while in a circle.

I could play this game all day.  In about a half hour, my boyfriend and I completely obliterated my previous high score of about 1,300,000 with the ridiculous score of 11,749,880. When we completed this feat, we must have had the perfect combination of salty ridge chips, Reese’s peanut butter ice cream, and Jason Statham badassery running through our veins.  I guess I did accomplish something this weekend.

 

How about you?  What are some things you like to do (or not do!) on lazy weekends?