Cabin fever? Are you done with the snow days?

Who’s going cuckoo crazy and is ready to go back to school?

I know you can’t believe you are saying it but three days at home with your loved ones unable to drive is bound to produce a little cabin fever.  Also drying all those wet snow clothes stinks too.

I am loving Facebook through the snowstorm because I can see what all my friends and family are doing. I am seeing lot of sledding. One friend from high school found that cooking oil make the sled go faster but also more inclined to crash.

I see lots of friends playing card games and some doing puzzles as a family. Also reports from plenty of parents popping on movies to fill the cold days.

I’m also seeing and hearing a surprisingly large number of friends walking to the grocery store. I think they just wanted to get out of the house more than they needed stuff.

My favorite discussion on Facebook is all my teacher friends worried about how the days are going to be made up – they do NOT want to lose spring break days! (This is  link from a Monday story about how the counties plan to handle missing days. I will link to an updated story when it is up.)

So how are you faring in the storm? Are you ready to go back to normal life? Do you feel bad for Yankees who have snow all the time (big difference is they are plowed out and ready to go about their daily lives generally). (When we lived in State College, Pa. and the first giant snow storm hit I was shocked that I was supposed to show up to work! Huh! What! Let’s just all stay at home.) How are you dealing with cabin fever? Who is annoying your more: the kids or your husband?

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Shannon

January 12th, 2011
12:25 am

NOPE!!! I’m loving it! This is as close as I am going to get to being a house wife and I am going to enjoy it until the wheels fall off!!!!

MomsRule

January 12th, 2011
7:27 am

Cabin fever hasn’t set in but I am ready for things to return to normal. We’ve had a lot of fun playing outside together. I hear so much excitement from others about missing these days but…remember, if too many days are missed from school, they will be made up elsewhere. And then people will complain about that!

I get a kick out of hearing the same people complain daily about having to get up and go to work…and then those same people were complaining about cabin fever on Monday morning! What?!?! LOL

No, I don’t feel sorry for the people up North. Life goes on and it is no big deal. I know, I grew up in MN. I’m happy my kids experienced this much snow fall but it is time for life to return to normal.

Oh and…no one is annoying me! Is that weird? LOL

deidre_NC

January 12th, 2011
7:39 am

i dont have cabin fever. im a true home-body so staying in doesnt bother me. i have gone out a couple of times to clear some snow etc…i am staying at my friends house closer to work, and still havent been able to get there lol… paycheck will surely suck!! yesterday i went to try to get up the hill and my 4 wheel drive just finally died. i have an appointment to see about getting it fixed tomorrow. im off work tomorrow and friday so plans are to go to class-then to the shop then hopefully home. i wwoke up this morning and all the snow i had cleared from places is back…looks like a never ending snow here. so im just going to stay in another day and pray like crazy i can get out tomorrow so i can get this 4 wheel drive fixed. its been a great snow for not losing power. that is when i get crazy, when theres no power for days. hope everyone down there is safe…and staying off the roads.

Fred

January 12th, 2011
7:48 am

The first day we just laid around and relaxed. A neighbor gave my daughter a tea set so she had her over for “tea.” My wife was the server. And of course there was the BCS Championship game.

Yesterday I took her to one of her friend’s house where they played and me and the wife had a rare day alone. (It’s nice having a 4 wheel drive “redneck truck,” I out about 500 lbs of bagged sand over the rear axle for traction and popped it in 4 wheel low. Nary a spun tire).

We also went to Kroger’s so today, after we go back to the friend’s house to fix a wall their cat tore up, it’s time to play with the big Green Egg I got for Christmas (and have been to busy to use) by smoking some ribs and making my world famous chili.

No cabin fever here. Of course it’s easier with just ONE child lol than the houseful you have TWG. I’ll bet you are ready to give a couple of them away by now lol.

Heck, I’ve even had my breakfast made for me all week long. It’s been great. If only i can keep my wife’s attention diverted from my office and the garage that need cleaning……………

frugal chef

January 12th, 2011
8:13 am

b

January 12th, 2011
8:15 am

No cabin fever although our 16 year old is getting there. My husband has worked from home for years so it was no change for him. My office has been closed for two days but will open at noon today. I have VPN so I have been working every day just as though I was in the office; telecons, document review and I was even working late last night to do some conversions. What is different is that I can also do other things at the same time like laundry and fixing meals while working. I also don’t waste all that time in the car commuting. Skype helps me keep the telecons going with European associates and as long as the electricity holds out my cell phone and laptop keep me connected.

I will begin to run out of food though soon. Our 16 year old has eaten a lot of food…..I mean a lot and the supplies are dwindling. We are using this as a “clean out the cabinet” experience and have made some interesting lunches and snacks. He has been on xBox Live and Facebook so still in touch with everyone, but I think at this point school is starting to look like a good option.

JATL

January 12th, 2011
8:16 am

I’m having a love/hate relationship with it! I wish I just had all of this time to do nothing but hang with my kids or read a book by the fire, but I’m working on a huge project for my “work-from-home” job right now, and I worked for about 10 straight hours yesterday while my husband entertained the kiddos. It was rather frustrating though, because they know I’m right there and do not want to leave me alone. I would LOVE to have a child-free day to really get some of that work done as well as some hard-core house work/organization taken care of today. I am working right now, but the plan is to take the kids out mid-morning and then come back and work on organizing some things in their bedrooms and then the basement. I love having some extra time and not having to get us all somewhere, but I need a few “kid-free” hours! On the love side though -I feel like I haven’t gotten to spend enough time with them over the last few months, so this has been nice. Whenever I start getting really frustrated, I try to remember to relish it.

motherjanegoose

January 12th, 2011
8:26 am

HAHA!

I am just fine, as I always have things to do and often work out of my home office.

My husband is getting antsy. He left yesterday at 4:00 for Lowes, TO GET A BOLT FOR THE IRONING BOARD…oh yeah, we are going to iron all the clothes in our closet. In fairness, we got a new cover that ( I think) will not fit unless we have this bolt…it is an over the door ironing board.

We are both used to snow, as we grew up in it. He came home saying it was worse than he expected..not on the regular roads but in the neighborhoods and side roads. He may go into work later today.

Since we have no kids at home, there is not much playing in the snow. I have gone out and walked the dog. Our neighbors are using our steep front yard with their sleds and such…the dog is jealous
( looking out) and I called out that they need to get her too. In light of what happened to our previous dog, my neighbor across the street said, “OK but I am not responsible if she gets hurt!”
She loves to chase the snowballs my husband is making for her! He has taught her to catch a frisbee but she cannot master the snowballs…they disappear ;).

My husband asked me if I wanted to build a snowman: NO. Then, “where is the little girl in you?”
Well, that would be me with the PreK and Kinder set singing my version of the HOKEY POKEY all year long.

Re: wet clothes….growing up in Chicago, we put our wet mittens on the heat radiator when we came in from the playground. Quite a different smell.

FYI…once I had a meeting in North Dakota and just prior had a recruiter who e-mailed me about placing grad students for jobs in Florida. I mentioned it to those with whom I worked ( at the meeting) and they really were not even interested. Generally, you just get used to the environment you live in and of course many of them lived close to their entire family and could not imagine moving away.

Not sure how the days will be made up but I do not believe the buses can make it through our neighborhoods.

Too funny…my son called yesterday. I asked if he was doing o.k. He can walk most everywhere.
He said he walked to Quick Trip for lunch on M…oh YUM! He is by himself and may be getting bored.

misawa

January 12th, 2011
8:35 am

My wife is 3 weeks from being due. I can’t decide if it’s cabin fever or nesting that she’s exhibiting.

JOD

January 12th, 2011
8:57 am

Since I work from home full-time, I probably have less cabin fever than most – but I’m still getting a little antsy since everyone else is home. DD’s school reopens later this morning, and I’m going to take her if Hub says his commute is okay (his work has been cancelled for 2 days – I’m so glad he’s going in!). I love everyone to pieces, but it’s been 4 days of togetherness…

I’ll probably follow Fred’s example the couple of miles so she can go to school. I’ve seen a lot of people out and about here – have others seen the same? My poor neighbor has commuted every day.

@JATL – Since I always agree with you :o) I remind myself that every day, especially when I’m pining for some ‘alone’ time (even if that alone time is – sadly – work).

@misawa – Probably both at this point… 3 weeks out I was baking and cooking for an army, and there were just the 2 of us in the house. I think I also dusted all the ceilings and baseboards, and you could eat off all the floors and counters :o)

CDD

January 12th, 2011
9:07 am

We’ve been about the usual here. That’s one of the nice things (for me) about homeschooling is that I don’t have to depend on someone else to schedule my time. Of course the kids think I’m unfair to make them do work (shocking!) when public is out. But they’re the ones that love it when we go the park during the day when the weather is nice. My husband, on the other hand, is about going nuts. He grew up in MN so he’s used to the cold & snow. But staying indoors most of the time is taking its toll on him. He’ll probably be going in to work today, whether or not they will be open. Thankfully he’s salaried so his paycheck won’t be affected. And he’s worked from a home as much as he can too. Well, back to it… Have a great day!

mom of 3

January 12th, 2011
9:31 am

I work from home so use to cabin fever. Usually though when it sets in I can go out for lunch or even to the grocery store so yeah, a little closed in feeling at the moment. Also, husband has been home all week and love him to death but he really needs to go back to work. I think he is worse at being snowed in than any kid would be.
Anyway, hope this doesn’t spoil too many spring breaks for all those with kids still in school.
Conf call at 10 so back to work.

motherjanegoose

January 12th, 2011
9:44 am

Also wanted to share, my son has a college friend who moved here from Wisconsin. He told my son, that while they have lots of snow all winter and manage it just fine…it is NOT the same as the ice we have here. Driving on snow and driving on ice is not the same.

Techmom

January 12th, 2011
9:45 am

It’s business as usual for me since I work from home normally. The difference is having my husband and son around. Husband’s office has mostly been closed so he’s gotten some work done but he isn’t making much progress since almost everyone is using these days as true snow days. Our son has been in and out playing with friends and the neighborhood kids. We’ve rotated dinner at neighbor’s houses the last 3 nights to help with the cabin fever.

I doubt most of the systems will cut into spring break. Most of them build in at least 2 weather days. If anything, maybe they’ll swap a ‘furlough’ day (we have two more built into the calendar so I don’t see why they couldn’t just swap today and make one of those days a school day). The funny thing though is that my son’s English teacher sent an email on Monday to tell the parents and students that they can’t get behind on their reading (A Tale of Two Cities) and sent us the reading schedule. So much for NO working getting done :)

catlady

January 12th, 2011
10:00 am

I’m okay as long as the power stays on. Using this time to plan my next summer’s garden and do some cleaning. The roads here are still impassable, and it is continuing to snow (started back yesterday afternoon). Cold and windy, also. May ever be wild and take a nap! I have had cabin fever before, but at the present still 98.6 here.

Uconn

January 12th, 2011
10:15 am

I love it… My Husband is home, my house is clean, I can go to the gym in the clubhouse for hours… Its great… I wish this happened more (no sarcasm intended) of course I am a Yankee (I hate that word) and I am used to this..

catlady

January 12th, 2011
10:16 am

deidre, my FWD has been in the shop for 2 1/2 months. Transmission is out, and $1650 is hard to come by! I know where you are on that! Am borrowing my daughter’s car, but gotta give it back soon. So many infrastructure problems! As Roseann Roseannadanna said, “It’s always something.”

A

January 12th, 2011
11:20 am

I work from home too, but my son is ready to go back to school. I hope they reopen tomorrow!

justmy2cents

January 12th, 2011
11:33 am

I had cabin fever, but not anymore. I had to report to school today, even though it is too dangerous for anybody else to come in besides 240/260 day folks. If I could make it in, so could the board memebers for their meeting, but oh no, they rescheduled that. It figures. My kids are about done with it too. They are at home with my husband, who just VPNs in. Funny, I could VPN in too, but they won’t let us. Bitter much? LOL Yep! They surely won’t pay to fix my car if I wreck it coming in, but they don’t let us work from home, like we are capable of doing.

Went out for a bit yesterday late afternoon when the roads were just slushy. It is terribly icy in our subdivision and I just don’t think they are going to be able to run the buses tomorrow either.

justmy2cents

January 12th, 2011
11:35 am

oops, excuse my typo

DB

January 12th, 2011
12:05 pm

I’m just fine — I can work form home easily, so I’ve been racking up hours. :-) Everyone is gone this week, and it’s just me and the dog. I shoveled the driveway yesterday (hint: use Pam on the shovel to keep the snow from sticking), videoed our college-age neighbors as they sledded on the hill in front of our houses to put on Facebook, and then spent some time cleaning out things that have accumulated in my bedroom.

My daughter’s school is closed again today, and I asked her if she was having trouble getting to the dining hall. She said that the walks and roads at UGA are still icy, and the dining halls are pretty thin on food — just sandwiches and soup, basically, not nearly the variety they are accustomed to, because the delivery trucks can’t get there. So, sick of soup and sandwiches, she drove up to Kroger’s late yesterday afternoon with some friends and they purchased the makings of a nice dinner and cooked it in the dorm kitchen — salmon, broccoli, new potatoes, rolls and some ice cream for dessert – they feasted, much to the envy of others on the hall! She said that even Kroger’s was pretty picked over yesterday, too.

motherjanegoose

January 12th, 2011
12:06 pm

@ just…I live by the MOG and am supposed to be in West Cobb tomorrow at 9:00. I just spoke to the teacher and we decided to re-schedule as I am not prepared to wreck my car driving over there, in the morning rush hour traffic.
She was VERY nice about it. Our neighborhood is still a mess and I do not see how the buses will ever get in and out…who knows what counties will have school? Again, there is REALLY not much we can do but wait it out!

Wayne

January 12th, 2011
12:06 pm

Still snowing like the dickens here. One of my cars is almost completely buried. Should be fun cleaning this up!

justmy2cents

January 12th, 2011
12:12 pm

MJG- I certainly would not risk it over this way. I’m thinking Cobb won’t have school tomorrow, but again, I will be required to trek on in.

motherjanegoose

January 12th, 2011
12:25 pm

Oh Wayne…stop fussing and just walk to Dunkin’ Donuts and grab a cup of coffee, they are on every corner there right? LOL.
My daughter is BEGGING to come to Boston for a long weekend and I am NOT going until this summer. She hopes to move up there when she is finished with college.

JATL

January 12th, 2011
12:39 pm

@JOD -hahaha! I am about to sign off and take the kiddos out for that “mid-morning walk” I referred to earlier. We may freeze or bust our butts, but we MUST leave this house today! Then -it’s back to work ;-)

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 12th, 2011
12:59 pm

techmom – I like that teacher!! I would do that if was a teacher — talking about the homeschooling =- the GA. Cyber Academy has been in session through this whole week since it’s online — so one of my friends has had one in school and the other out of school (one goes to a school)

motherjanegoose

January 12th, 2011
1:21 pm

TWG…grammar police here; should it be IF I WERE A TEACHER? Maybe not? Since I am mainly with the under 7 set, I certainly could be wrong.

DB NO driving for our daughter at UGA…she can tough it out with the sandwiches. I do not want to drive myself and I have driven in lots of snow. Southerners are NOT typically experienced in this weather and we already had a car totaled in October and my lovely ticket ( at the airport) last month. Enough for us! Guess they could walk downtown, if they are desperate.

catlady…thanks for the pictures…they were great!

LWA

January 12th, 2011
1:35 pm

I only have cabin fever b/c the kids are home and I can’t seem to concentrate on my work.

I won’t go into the office until the schools return. If they can’t get the kids to school on big yellow busses, then my car does not need to be on the road.

deidre_NC

January 12th, 2011
1:49 pm

oh catlady i sure hope mine isnt that bad. a motor for the 4 wheel drive isnt that bad…my ‘regular’ transmission is ok as far as i know…its just a 4 wheel drive issue. hoping its not too very expensive!! we are supposed to get more icy stuff this weekend!!!! :(((((( ill go to the shop and see about the car tomorrow and then back here to my friends house…my roads at home are still awful i was just told…plus it is STILL snowing there. grrrrr….ready for spring i am.

deidre_NC

January 12th, 2011
1:51 pm

oh yeah…on facebook there is a ‘facebook snowman competition’ going on…..i entered my daughter…she is the one with the snowman dressed in a lowes vest lol…if yall havent entered a picture go vote for mine please lol…ty:)

Techmom

January 12th, 2011
2:05 pm

You know the timing on this is crazy since Monday is MLK… wonder how many would be upset if they decided to have school on Monday? My son went back last Tuesday but Henry Co. didn’t go until Thursday so they’ve had 2 days of school since Christmas break, will likely have 2 days this week and then 4 next. My neighbor two doors down is a teacher and thinks they should have school this Monday so they don’t fall any further behind schedule.

MomsRule

January 12th, 2011
2:17 pm

School Monday is a great idea Techmom. I’m sure it won’t happen but I have no issue with it!

Techmom

January 12th, 2011
2:51 pm

I doubt schools would change their calendars that quickly (they have to have a convention to make even small decisions) but I still think it would be a good idea so that teachers’ lesson plans/schedules don’t fall even further behind.

justmy2cents

January 12th, 2011
3:00 pm

Well, Cobb is out again tomorrow for students and teachers. Annual employees get to report, lucky me again!

I would yank the week off in Feb. and just call this week a wash. Of course, parents and teachers would scream about trips that have been planned. It is called “cancel for any reason trip insurance” folks!

catlady

January 12th, 2011
3:22 pm

deidre, it’s my regular transmission but 4WD won’t go without it. AAUUGGHH

I was thinking back…We have only had 2 (two!) full days and 2 (two!) half days since December 10. So much for continuity! I guess we will go back January 18! But I finally learned: you can’t do anything about the weather. No matter how hard I hope for or against snow, it’s gonna do what it’s gonna do! I just hope we don’t have to take life in hand for the teachers to go prematurely. I am getting too old to mend well after a fall or crash! I don’t drive very well on ice, but we have a number of yah-hoos that get in their FWD and play bumper cars riding around to “see the snow.” We usually have quite a few from Atlanta that come up and get off the mountain and then our local volunteers and professionals risk life and limb to help them, costing our poor county big bucks. A few years ago some crazy family with an unstable heart patient went riding around (the locals were staying home) up on one of the FS trails and went off the road and down the embankment and the heart patient began having pains and it was a very expensive and totally unnecessary rescue performed because they “wanted to see the snow.” I’m at the point for having the people who do stupid stuff like that pay back the resources they used.

No matter how bad it is, and how crazy you feel, stay safe, everyone!

TeacherMom

January 12th, 2011
3:26 pm

Gwinnett just called off school tomorrow as well. I know that we already lost the day in Feb. and the one in March, so that means we’re going to go a day (or two) longer in May.

A

January 12th, 2011
3:47 pm

Just waiting for Fulton to announce. Will they do away with the March 11 teacher workday? Seems a logical choice. Even April 22, which is off for Good Friday I think. I wouldn’t have a problem with kids going to school then.

PLZ

January 12th, 2011
4:22 pm

“Even April 22, which is off for Good Friday I think. I wouldn’t have a problem with kids going to school then.”

Why Good Friday and not MLK Day?

A

January 12th, 2011
4:27 pm

Ugh, Fulton is off again tomorrow. I’d be fine with them having school on MLK Day; I just don’t know if they can make a decision that quickly since it’s Monday. I wouldn’t mind giving up MLK Day, the March 11 teacher workday and/or the April 22 day off.

PLZ

January 12th, 2011
4:30 pm

“I just don’t know if they can make a decision that quickly since it’s Monday”

They have made 4 quick decisions recently, why would going to school Monday (MLK Day) be any different?

A

January 12th, 2011
4:34 pm

OK @PLZ, you can back off now. I don’t care what days they use to make up any lost time. I’m one of those rare parents who thinks summer vacation is way too long and would support year-around school if it were ever considered for Fulton.

Betty

January 12th, 2011
4:46 pm

Does anyone know what the policy is on makeup days for Fulton County? I think we get 4 days before we have to make them up—or was it 2??? I know I read this somewhere and now can’t put my fingers on it. And is losing part of Spring Break a real possiblility or do they typically add on dates to the end of the year? Anyone know—I’m just curious right now and actually making tentative plans for Spring Break!

Thanks!

A

January 12th, 2011
4:51 pm

@Betty, have no idea about makeup days for Fulton, but I hope someone here does. I too am starting to think ahead to Spring Break plans, but somehow I don’t think they’d eat into that time. More likely we’ll lose that March 11 teacher workday since it’s not tied to any kind of actual holiday. Maybe they’ll add a day to the end of the year. I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough!

Techmom

January 12th, 2011
5:30 pm

Here’s the link to the article the other day that mentions weather-related make up days:
http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/most-metro-atlanta-schools-800457.html

It looks like Cobb built 4 weather days into their calendar and Gwinnett built in 3 but that it’s really up to each district. Since the state lifted the restriction on the number of school days due to the budget crunch, I would bet most districts only use furlough days to make time up and don’t touch vacation days.

cofthenight

January 12th, 2011
5:35 pm

Well I’m surprised at everyone… I’m about to go insane!!! And I’m a SAHM. My guys are in a MMO program, so I’m missing my 4 hours a day alone! I just like things to be normal. I’m guessing no one will go back to school until Tuesday at this point. *sigh*

motherjanegoose

January 12th, 2011
5:53 pm

We just ventured out at 3:00,with my husband driving. There is black ice all over the place. The Bank of America right at the MOG is closed and we headed up towards the site on Buford HWY, which was open. We then grabbed a quick bite to eat. On the way home, we turned onto our street and saw a semi stuck just about right in front of the elementary school. It was uphill and there were several cars stuck behind it. Luckily, we were able to turn around and take another route. As it gets dark, it gets worse. I would not be happy about putting my kids on a bus with a driver in this weather. That may just be me. I would not want to be the bus driver either.

@justmy2cents…I have never ever purchased trip insurance but I have never had a reason to need it either. Live and learn, I guess.

Techmom

January 12th, 2011
5:56 pm

Really surprised that Henry Co is cancelling school again tomorrow. The roads aren’t that bad (maybe some driveways) but I’m sure it’s a liability and risk they don’t want to take in case a bus gets in an accident or someone slips on an icy sidewalk. Boo!

deidre_NC

January 12th, 2011
6:18 pm

@catlady….sorry about your transmission…ive had to replace one n my daughters car-$1600…thank god its my 4 wheel drive-id be going no where if i had to dish out $1600

im with you on the people endangering our rescue workers for their pleasure. we have a volunteer fire department (a lot of them are my good friends) and it really makes me mad when they have to rick their lives to rescue people who dont have the sense to stay out of the rain (so to speak) it happens up here all the time-the christmas day storm we had-hiker/campers had to be resuced. that storm was predicted for days-there was absolutely no reason for those people to be on the trail and stranded. thats a huge grrrrr of mine.

deidre_NC

January 12th, 2011
6:19 pm

mjg–so glad yall got out and in safe and sound…and i too wouldnt want my child on a bus on roads like these. im glad i dont have that worry any longer. now i just have to worry about my child driving on it lol..