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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Snow day!

I am originally from Maryland, which is by no means the Great White North, but we still had our fair share of snow and snow days. I remember waking up in the morning and turning on the tv or radio to listen for school closings, and there were plenty of days I looked out at a white blanketed yard as I got ready for school! Where I live in NC, however - different story. I live in an area that is a good mix of northern transplants and NC born and raised, so I'm going to go ahead and blame it on the natives who don't know how to deal with a little winter precipitation ;-) Last night's weather forecast predicted light snow/wintry mix this morning, and by 9:00 pm I had already receieved an email saying our county schools were delayed by 2 hours. I woke up this morning to another email informing us that schools were closed. This is what I saw outside my window...

Out the front door (courtesy of C)

Out the back door (courtesy of C)
I'm not going to complain about the snow day, even though it means that J's winter band concert (for which my mother made her a beautiful black velvet dress...) will be cancelled :-( Even though the fireplace guy couldn't fix my fireplace this morning because he has to order a part. Even though it means I have to go out in the slushy yuk with the dogs because they are big ol' babies. You know why? Because it's almost Christmas and I am looking at white stuff out my window! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Amanda over at RunToTheFinish tagged me for my very first meme, which seems like a perfect post for a "sort of snowy" day, so here goes!

1. Are you a girlie movie? Action movie? or Comedy kind of person? I used to be a movie fanatic. I don't see many in the theater, but I was addicted to pay per view and always had a hard time finding something at Blockbuster that I hadn't already seen. These days, I don't have too much time for tv and movies, but my favorite kinds are comedy (The Hangover anyone?) and action (love the Bourne series). I am not a fan of  horror, nor is anyone who watches a horror movie with me, or suspense - in fact, I almost always read the last page of any book first! Yeah, I know, right?

2. What is your favorite thing to do to “treat” yourself? This is a toughie because for a long time my treat was food. I do still treat myself with food once in awhile, but these days it's more likely to be a square of dark chocolate than a slice of cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory (in fact, I still have the gift card my girls gave me for my birthday). I would say my favorite treat these days is to let go of everything for awhile and curl up with a good book without feeling guilty.

3. How much sleep do you need to feel your best? Around 7 hours. Whenever I try and get more, I feel too sluggish. Less, and I can get through one day on adrenaline but then I crash big time.

4. What vegetable could you eat every day?
That's easy - corn on the cob!

5. Dream place to run? Wow. That's a hard one, because lately I've been imagining all kinds of places I would love to run. If I could pick just one place, though, I think I would love to run through the Scottish countryside, especially if I had a Scottish guide talking to me in that lovely accent! Why Scotland? I am part Scottish and part Polish, and embrace both sides of my heritage - Scotland seems like it would be a better place to run, though! 

6. Last good book you read? Write it Down, Make it Happen. I love it. I've read it at least a dozen times. I highly recommend it.

7. What was the best year of your life?
This year, without question. And next year is going to be even better!

Well that was fun, so now it's my turn to ask the questions!
1. If you could go back and talk to your 16 year old self, what advice would you give?
2. When you see yourself having reached your goal, what do you see?
3. What is your favorite book?
4. What is your best organizing tip?
5. What is your favorite thing about where you live?
6. What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
7. What would your theme song be?

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Today I am grateful for:
  • our snow day, of course!
  • that my fireplace will be fixed on Saturday, so I can curl up in front of the fire with a good book come Christmas break
  • exerciseTV
  • my kick ass washer and dryer that allow me to get all my laundry done in one day (even though I still have to do all the folding)
  • Pandora radio and Christmas songs

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