15 Ways To Keep Busy While Being Snowed In
Activities for you and your family.
Last night's storm dumped about over nine inches of snow on the ground, making for nasty travel conditions. And up to three more inches has piled up today. So now that you are stuck indoors all day, what are you going to do? Here are a few ideas.
1.) Sleep in. Go back to bed, cuddle with your blanket and pillows and catch up on some Zs. It's been a hectic holiday weekend for a lot of people, so this is the perfect opportunity to recharge those batteries. And if you aren't tired, you could always turn this into a romantic date with your significant other.
2.) Build a fort. Gather all the blankets, pillows, sheets, cushions, safety pins and rope you can find and create a new world. I used to do this a lot, and if I had the supplies, I probably would have attempted this today. My usual method was to attach all the blankets and sheets to one another with safety pins for my roof and tie them to the bedposts and tuck the ends into the dresser drawers to secure it. But you can also create walls and a roof with couch cushions and use the blankets as doorways. There are so many options, and you have the time to try them all. Just be sure to ask mom and dad for permission. Unless, of course, you are mom or dad.
3.) Shovel the driveway and clean off your car. This is not one of the more fun ideas, but it's got to be done at some point. It's best to do this every few hours when the weight of the snow is manageable. If you let it all pile up, you could seriously injure your back. Cleaning the snow and ice off of your car is also important, as it will make getting into it tomorrow easier. It may help prevent your locks from freezing. Also, remember to sweep the snow off the roof of your car. Traveling on the highway can be dangerous enough during snowy and icy conditions without snow flying off the car in front of you once it reaches higher speeds.
4.) This is another one that you may want to skip, but who knows. Chances are, your living space is a wreck. There is wrapping paper still lying around, dirty dishes to be washed and pine needles littering your floor. This time could be used to finally put order back into your home. If you are a kid, you can make mom or dad's day by helping out. Or maybe you have a school project you need to work on. Either way, you can use this time to catch up on neglected obligations.
5.) A lot of gaming consoles have something for everyone, and can even get you off of the couch. Play some Wii Sports, bust out the new XBox Kinect you got for Christmas or the Playstation Move.
6.) If you want to go the old fashioned route, sometimes there's nothing more fun than raking your brother or sister over the coals at Boardwalk and Park Place in a game of Monopoly, or playing the word 'mezquite' in the Triple Word Score in Scrabble.
7.) Rot your brain for a little while. Perhaps you need to catch up on your DVR. Or maybe you can catch all those shows on television you don't get to normally see during the weekdays. My personal favorite is "The Price is Right," but you can go with "SpongeBob SquarePants," "The Young and the Restless," "Tom and Jerry," or whatever else floats your boat. This reminds me...is "Jerry Springer" still on?
8.) Read a book or watch a movie. If you have a fireplace, all the better.
9.) Tell stories. You can go with fiction or non fiction, scary or happy. Want to make it even more interesting? Gather the whole family and take turns with each line. If you've got something good, write it down. Maybe you'll get an idea for next year's NaNoWriMo. Another idea is to turn the story into a play. Video tape it and turn it into a classic using your computer's software, such as iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. E-mail me the results!
10.) Arts and crafts. This website has a lot of great ideas using recyclable items around the house. No need to head to the craft store.
11.) If it is just mom and the girls, pamper yourselves. Give each other makeovers and put on a fashion show. Do your thing on the catwalk.
12.) If you are going a little stir-crazy, you can always go out into the yard and build a snowman, igloo, go sledding or have a friendly snowball brawl. Parents, take photos and send them to Jeremie.Smith@patch.com.
13.) Create a new recipe. Leave the cookbooks on the shelf and try to come up with your own declicious masterpiece. This is another one you'll need parental permission for. If you come up with something you're proud of, send it to Jeremie.Smith@patch.com and it will be featured in our Recipe Swap column.
14.) Surfing the internet is nothing new. But perhaps there are new ways to use it you hadn't thought of. Going to college next year? Search for scholarships. There are some really odd ones out there you might have a good chance at, such as the scholarship for people with brown eyes. Enter online sweepstakes. Find free samples.
15.) Check Medfield Patch for all the stories you missed. There are lots of videos, sports coverage, school performances and more on the site. And you can post your own content as well! Got any story ideas? Drop me a line.