Snow season is coming for the Northern Hemisphere and with it comes a deep desire to hibernate, seek heat and warmth, and even play and romp in fresh snowfall. If you want to claim an adult snow day, here's a great plan -
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Once you have established you are not going into work, keep your warm jammies and socks on. Trek into the kitchen and heat up some cocoa with a bit of spice as you consider your options today -
I keep Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Sensation on hand because it's not that pale-tasting stuff you usually get, but truly really chocolate tasting. But, I also like punching it up with some spice. I add a sprinkle of ginger powder, cinnamon, and a dash of cayenne for some heat – it does magical things.
Mix coconut oil and granulated sugar into a very thick paste and use this to scrub your body. Inhale the bath's steam, enjoy the flickering lights and music, feel your muscles just melt. When you get out of the tub, rub yourself down with a good lotion. Now, it's time for fluffy jammies and warm socks and a trek into the TV room.
A teapot and some teas, honey and sugar spread out on a table with a cloth napkin might be just the thing for today. If you have some cookies, a plate of those would be a good accompaniment. If you know you like to be an Innie during the winter months, keep supplies on hand for a fine tea time. You can add some little triangle sandwiches using cream cheese and deviled ham with crusts cut off or the childhood standby of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for dipping. Keep a loaf of sugar cookie mix in the fridge, they are great for dipping.
The movie lineup for the day could include snowy movies like “The Shining,” “Dead Snow,” “30 Days of Night,” or “Dr. Zhivago,” or escape the cold for a while with warm beach movies like “Couples Retreat,” “Dead Calm,” “Captain Ron,” or “The Other Woman.”
Keep pillows and a blanket on hand in case you grow drowsy. Adult naps are a precious and valued commodity. Take advantage of it, knowing that you are safe from the icy slippery world outside.
Consider re-exploring your love of music, especially instrumental music or even opera. Play it and feel it throughout your body. Pull out a sketchbook or a pile of unread books and dig right in. If you're feeling particularly lazy, try a jigsaw puzzle or crossword puzzle.
and, as an innie, you might practice some lipsyncing -
Consider pine-scented incense or a candle that smells of sugar cookies for an added depth to the cozy feel. A vaporizer with Vick's decongestant fragrance might create a warm and sentimental tucking-in feel to the room. You could even heat water and cinnamon sticks and cloves in a crockpot with no lid to fragrance the place. No matter what you decide to do when it snows, if you get a day off or you give yourself a day off, hibernate or explore, but be sure that whatever you do, you thank the snow for an excuse to remember what it's like to hear your school district is closed for the day!