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.