10 Productive Things To Do in a Minneapolis Blizzard

Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty

As I peeked out at the pale pink sky this morning, a steaming mug of coffee in hand, I searched for my driveway under a thick blanket of snow.  The dog wouldn't go out either.  The view is a pastel postcard of homes decorated for Christmas.  6" of snow already blanketed the Twin Cities, with another 6-10" was predicted with winds and plummeting temperatures.  There is no use fighting it.  Instead of wrapping up in a Snuggie to watch old movies, I made listed 10 productive things I could do during a blizzard in Minneapolis.

1. If there was ever anyone you wanted to call but couldn't reach, today is the day.  Roads are impassible, transportation is at a standstill.  Everybody is home!  

2. Christmas is almost upon us.  If you don't have cards and letters already in the mail, this is your opportunity.  My database software crashed last week, so I'm scrambling to reassemble my lists.

3. Work out a plan for 2011 you actually can and want to do.  It's easy to write out a plan, but writing a plan that you can commit to, and that will really work for you is a labor of love. Where do you want to be a year from now?

4. If you're not up for writing the business plan, dare I say, "clean the garage or basement?"  It won't get any better in the spring, and we'll all be busy by then.

5. Skip the cookie baking.  Most of us have more dough around the waistline than we need.

6. Remember those exercise videos that you bought to replace trips to the gym?  Where was that treadmill anyway?  Yoga mat anyone?

7. Online shopping rules the day.  Malls will be abandoned until roads are clear.

8. Cook up a storm of meals for the week.  It'll make you feel warm and cozy, and less work during the week.

9. The pile of books on the nightstand are calling your name.  Grab another cup of coffee or tea and snuggle in with a good book. Read something that will keep you awake, and move you forward.  Even an online e book would work. 

10. Plan a trip to someplace warm where they don't have to shovel for five months a year. 

Think how good you'll feel tomorrow.

Posted by

Mary Jo Quay

“That’s what I do: I move people—H O M E.”

 Phone: (612) 384-1360

Comments (8)

Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

My husband told me about the Minneapolis football stadium this AM!  I am cleaning my bedroom and bathroom today with a little AR in between for breaks.  No blizzards here though :)

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Dec 12, 2010 06:37 AM
Marzena Melby
Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty - Richfield, MN
Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate

Yes, this was a big one, MJ.  We cleaned our driveway 3 times, and it still wasn't enough!  Hot cocoa in-between helped  :)

Dec 13, 2010 04:24 AM
Kristen Wheatley
Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group - Brunswick, ME
Supporting Success - Best Job in the World!

What an awesome list of ways to make the most of your blizzard!  :-)

Dec 13, 2010 08:21 AM
Mary Jo Quay
EXP Realty - Minneapolis, MN
I Move You Home

Well, to be honest, I got a few done, but shoveling got in the way.  Two hours worth on Saturday night, and then another 2.5 on Sunday.  Then, I crashed!

Dec 14, 2010 08:15 AM
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good evening Mary, I are you managing with all that snow?

You probably learn how to live with it...

Good luck!

Dec 18, 2010 11:49 AM
Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
Delivering the Unbiased Truth.

Having a 4-wheel drive truck I went to Costco at about 11 am that day, and it was my most pleasant experience there ever.  

Dec 18, 2010 02:03 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Mary Jo --- what a great post --- the list is great and thankfully I am in California where a little bit of rain makes most of us GO crazy --- thanks for the reality check!

Dec 18, 2010 06:26 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Best wishes for lots of fun and food with family and friends today. Hope Santa brought you some cool toys, too!

Happy Holidays!



Dec 25, 2010 04:07 AM

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