My school district just started this alert system you can sign up for where you will get text messages if school is closed, or kids are unexpectedly being let out early, or any other sort of thing a parent might want to know when they’re out and about. Great idea! I signed up immediately even though I don’t have a texting plan because I figured I could swing the 20 cents every month or so.
Since I signed up last week, we’ve had crazy amounts of snow and tomorrow is our third no-school snow day in a row, which means that I’ve already had to pay for nearly two dollars worth of text messages since Sunday.
Annoying. And also kind of ironic considering I’ve been pretty much home-bound and really not in need of text messages.
Regardless of the ease with which I’ve learned about the snow days, I’m becoming increasingly more annoyed with the school closings. Monday I was completely stoked that everything was closed. Today I was okay with it, especially because I planned all kinds of fun snow-day stuff to do. Wednesday? Come on already. I had plans! There was supposed to be a Wall of Fame ceremony! What the fuck am I going to do with all these gift cards burning a hole in my pocket that I can’t give to teachers until January 4th?!
See, Monday I ran a bunch of errands. I bought all those gift cards. I acquired Sam’s pencil sharpener. I took Jack to speech therapy because their weather policy says they’re open unless they notify you that they’re closed. I left a kinda upset message on my speech therapy office’s voice mail because it took Jack and I an hour to get there to find a locked door.
I was ready to make Tuesday fun day. On the way back from “speech therapy” on Monday, Jack and I created a list of things to do today: (1) bake sugar cookies, (2) build a snowman, (3) play Wii Fit Plus, (4) decorate sugar cookies.
The baking of the sugar cookies went fine except for the fact that I couldn’t find my Christmas cookie cutters, so we had to make dinosaurs and flowers.
The snowman went well except for the fact that the snow was too powdery to roll into snowman form, so we had to create a little mountain for his bottom part. But he still turned out kinda super duper awesome.
After the snowman, we played Wii Fit Plus. (Sigh. Disclosure: Nintendo gave us Wii Fit Plus for free. Do I really have to do this every time I mention this game? Because it could get tiresome. We play it a lot. It’s apt to be mentioned often.)
Art imitated life except for the fact that Cassidy is a lot lazier in real life than when she’s on TV.
We decorated our sugar cookies next. Quinn decorated (and ate) three. Jack decorated three (and drank a bottle of sprinkles and licked the frosting off one cookie). Sam decorated like a machine. A very sticky machine.
Shortly after Quinn started using the couch as a trampoline, I left the house for three hours to get my hair done. (Alex was home sick, so I was able to go.) I really hate getting my hair done. It’s like a multi-hour forced socialization with someone I see twice a year. It totally freaks me out.
But I’m happy about my hair.
Let’s see. That wraps up Tuesday. What’s on tap for Wednesday? I got nothin’. Except my buddies the gerbils are coming back for a pet-sitting stay. So that will take up 45 seconds or so.
I’m off to go wrack my brain to figure out what to do with my kiddies tomorrow. I may try to make it involve actual trampolines.