I LOVE MONDAYS TIP OF THE WEEK...
Perhaps you too are reeling from the news of yet another school-day cancellation (she grumbled from the Boston tundra, with clenched teeth, sore- shoulder syndrome, and massive creative-idea fatigue). If so, let's get swapping activities, parents, before cabin fever spikes again.
Here was my lifesaver yesterday: Fill spray bottles with massive amounts of gin and tonic...no, no, just kidding, ha ha, who would do that?! Fill spray bottles (the more, the better) with mostly water and some food coloring, and send your kids out to spray the great outdoors with snow as their canvas. In addition to entertaining the kids, the rainbow colors provide a needed break from the blinding white, which is oh so pretty for about one day.
Warning: Using just red food coloring will make it look like a gruesome murder was committed on your property (which is possible if school administrators call another snow day). Using just yellow makes it look like your yard is the communal dog potty.
Unless your kids need supervision, you can use this time to send work emails, try to meet your deadline, take a nap, or go fetal and weep because it's been four days now and enough is ENOUGH. While we adore our children, we can not be expected to bake one more batch of anything, play one more round of Yahtzee, piece together one more kitty puzzle, or sculpt snow igloos.
I came up with a new idea this morning: Throw a handful of change into the remaining snow mounds, hand my daughter and her friend shovels, and tell them to hunt for buried treasures.
Superintendent, please send us back to our regularly scheduled programming!
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