Five things to make the time go by on a snow day (other than Netflix)

By Lauren Stack ’17

The only time where a high school student would rejoice at the sound of the phone ringing at 6:00 am is when it is bearing the best two words of news possible: snow day. When it comes down to it though, the time goes by a little too slowly. It can even become boring, especially when you’re trapped inside all day. So, here are some things to make the time spent on a snow day a little more interesting.

Bake a non-baked good
Whenever I’m looking for a way to pass time, food always comes to mind. The only issue is that on some snow days the power will go out and if you don’t have a generator it will leave you without any source of heat, including the oven. That’s why the best option is to “bake” something without actually using an oven or microwave. You can make anything from ice cream pie to cannolis to edible cookie dough.

Draw
Adult coloring books or Mandala books have been pretty trendy recently, but you don’t need to buy a book in order to find an intricate design to color. You could just go on a computer or tablet and print a design out from the internet. You can then use your utensil of choice (colored pencil, marker, etc.) to fill in each small shape. I recommend using colored pencil because it is mess-free and you can create lighter or darker shades using one pencil.

Eat maple syrup and snow
Now I know this may seem odd, but as a kid I always ate maple syrup and snow. I’m not sure where this originated or why, but it’s super simple to put together. All you have to do is go outside with a cup, scoop up some fresh snow, drizzle some maple syrup on the top, and enjoy! There is something about the ice cold fresh snowflakes mixed with the sweet and gooey syrup. It’s a nature-made slushy, what could possibly be better? It makes for the ultimate snow day treat that you can only get for a short period of time, so get it while you can. Don’t knock it until you try it.

Play a board game or do a puzzle
This may seem cliched, but playing a board game or doing a puzzle is a great way to pass the time when you’re trapped inside all day. It’s a nice break from technology that is easy to set up and fun to play with friends or family. The best part about this activity is that it is entertaining even when the power goes out. Just light some candles or pull out a flashlight and play your favorite board game.
Sleep!

Everyone complains about how drained and exhausted they are. So take this precious time to sleep in past your alarm clock. It’s plain and simple and most definitely not difficult to do. Take this extra day to catch up on all the sleep you’ve lost to homework, social media, or Netflix.