I love to stay inside when it snows but one needs to be prepared. There is nothing worse than being trapped inside without the essentials. So here is a mini preparedness guide. As a little disclaimer, I am not a survivalist, I am only listing things that are essential for a fantastic snow day in a fully equipped home. I am not outdoorsy and I would never dream of going camping (that's what hotels are for), so none of these activities will be ones that require stepping foot outside.
1)Make sure you have food. I'm not talking about the usual milk, bread and eggs unless you like french toast on a snow day. Snack foods and baking supplies are essentials for a snow day. Today I will be starting my Christmas baking.
2) Some sort of alcohol. I like wine, especially if you have a good block of cheese in the house. Tonight, Jeremy and I are going to have some munster and garlic and herb goat cheese. If wine isn't your bag then why not have a nice snifter of brandy? Nothing says winter quite like having a snifter of brandy by a roaring fire, or in my case a fireplace scented woodwick candle.
3)Movies or television shows on DVD or a streaming service! Before I subscribed to Netflix I would run to the movie store and stock up on some movies or television series on DVD to marathon watch while I was snowed in. Now, I don't have to do as much preparation. Here is a small list of my favorite movies and shows to watch on a snowy day. These aren't necessarily Christmas movies (I'm saving that list for another post) but they are movies and shows that my mind associates with snow.
I guess I consider this a snow day movie since I got the VHS for Christmas when I was 8 years old and it snowed that day. I associate odd things together. I long to be beamed into a television show. My pick would be "The Munsters" or "The Golden Girls"
-The Simpsons (1989-?)
For a snowy day may I recommend the episode "Homer the Heretic"? I hope you're all home making moon waffles today.
Okay, so this is the one Christmas movie on the list but it is one of my favorites to watch when it snows.
To be fair, I watch this in all weather but a snowy day is a great opportunity to watch the whole show.
-The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
There's nothing like a good thriller!
A hilarious movie! You can drool over Sandra Dee's clothes and Bobby Darin at the same time!
-Here We Go Again: My Life in Television- Betty White
If you don't know a lot about Betty White then get this book. Her others are good but this one has the most details about her life.
-Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift Indianapolis, Indiana,1932 (Dear America series)
Alright, this is meant for pre-teen girls but in my defense, I read it when I was a pre-teen girl. I like to reread it every Christmas though.
-Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations
I could not put this book down and when I absolutely had to it was painful! It was so good!
A "serious" read about the not so nice history of marriage. A good history primer for the person that doesn't know the historical context of marriage. Also a good read for anyone that is married or thinking about it.
5) Some good games. Jeremy and I like to play some competitive games when were snowed in. If you're alone I can recommend some great solo games.
-Bioshock (Xbox 360)
Rapture is the most beautiful game world I have ever explored. If you start this, don't make a lot of plans since you will be sucked in.
-Mario Party (multiple Nintendo consoles)
There are about nine of these games now and they are all great.
You can play this game on a lot of different Nintendo consoles now but nothing beats the original. Be prepared to throw your controller or gameboy color in anger.
-God of War (Playstation 2, 3 & PSP)
I personally have the Playstation 2 version and the PSP version. If you want to take out some anger, pop in God of War and start slashing away with Kratos' chain swords.
-Katamari (Playstation 2, 3, Xbox 360 and PSP)
For the hoarder in all of us there is Katamari.
-Street Fighter (multiple consoles)
This could potentially start some arguments.
-Pokemon (Nintendo handheld consoles)
I personally recommend Gold and Silver or Heart Gold or Soul Silver. They are the best of the series.
5) Have a day of pampering. This is not just for ladies, men can treat themselves too. There are all kinds of things you can do at home. You and your partner can give each other massages. Give yourself a deep conditioning treatment for your hair, paint your nails and relax.
6) Enjoy the snow! Open the blinds and go outside and take some photos! I know I said I wasn't an outdoorsy type but I love to go outside and take pictures of the snow. Make sure you enjoy the beautiful weather.
I took these three quick shots in the back yard. Those deer are well behaved all year! It's been snowing steady since 9 am and the trees look absolutely gorgeous now.
I hope this guide was helpful. I absolutely love to be home but sometimes staying indoors can be maddening! I know this is a vintage blog but I love my technology, I'm sorry. What are your favorite things to do on a snow day?