The news of an impending snowstorm puts most New Jerseyans into a panic: “Must get bread, milk and eggs!” Everyone dashes to the grocery store at the first news of a few flakes coming in our direction.
People, we’re in Northern New Jersey. We almost never get as much snow as they forecast. The roads will be plowed and salted within 24 hours. If you can’t survive for that long on whatever food is in your fridge and pantry, you’ve got problems.
If you’re like me, when the snow actually does arrive, you have no desire to leave the comfort of your warm home. But it does tend to make me a little stir-crazy. To combat cabin fever, try some of these cheap, fun ideas for getting through a snow day.
1. Set up a movie marathon. Whether you have a ton of DVDs or every movie channel in the world (like we do), make a big bowl of microwave popcorn and watch a few movies back to back. The best part? No outrageous ticket fees or concession stand costs, no 6-footers sitting in front of you and blocking your view, and no one behind you kicking your seat.
2. Make some hot cocoa . This is especially delicious if you have some mini marshmallows. Bonus points if you have a fireplace in front of which you can sip it.
3. Bake some desserts. Surely you promised your holiday host that you’d bring a tray or two of desserts. Now’s the time to make some cookies and put together the apple pie.
4. Go sledding. You’re never too old! If you don’t have a sled, go old-school and use a black trash bag or a round garbage can lid.
5. Play board games. Dust off the Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit and start a friendly game.
6. Get stuff done around the house. Since you’re stuck in it anyways, giving your home a thorough cleaning. Or do some maintenance you’ve been putting off.
I’m hoping to bake some Christmas cookies and wrap gifts. What about you?