Snow Jam: How will you spend the snow day(s) now that you’re home?

For many of you it took hours just to get home on Tuesday and you probably won’t even try to venture out today. So how will you spend your snow day (or days) marooned at your house?

I think most families won’t mind being without a car for a day or two as long as their electricity is working.

I always loved snow days growing up in Georgia. We would always go sledding on the big hill down the street. The whole neighborhood would show up to play. It was a fantastically long hill. Then we would come back home and my mom would dry us off. We would play board games and she would make us hot spice tea.

One friend shared this recipe for making snow cream or ice cream from the snow. The only trick is to make sure the snow is “fresh” and hasn’t been peed on by any animals. Here are 20 ideas for playing in the snow with your kids. They have a really cute snow globe idea.

Jumping on  snow-covered trampolines seemed to be a theme yesterday. I also heard about a lot of kind acts — such as people taking in other people’s friends if they couldn’t get home.

So now that you finally made it home, how will you spend your day marooned? Will you play outside or just recover by a fire with a book? Are you expected to be anywhere? Did you have anyone show you kindness or help you yesterday? Feel free to give a thank you shout out.

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NotHome

January 29th, 2014
12:38 am

FYI…..I am not home, but stuck at work in a 18 story building made of glass. Absolutely freezing…….I hate snow, ice and cold weather. The ATL is not made for this kind of weather.

17th Floor Camper

NotHome

January 29th, 2014
12:41 am

FYI….. There are many of us and on more than a few floors. Many are in local hotels, stores, etc….. I know because I tried to check into the Hilton next door and it’s booked to capacity. The only hotel with vacancies was 4 miles away in this mess.

Maude

January 29th, 2014
7:21 am

Yesterday I did noting except read and watch tv. Today I plan on cleaning the house. I’m not sure what I’ll do Thrusday as it looks like there will be no major road clearing today. If my kids were still young I am sure I would be cooking and drying snow wet cloths.

motherjanegoose

January 29th, 2014
7:43 am

Yesterday was a mess! I was heading home by 2:00 and did not have any trouble. Lucky I was in Gwinnett County, near where you used to live TWG..

When you have as many people as we do in Atlanta, with limited resources for snow removal, it is bound to happen.

I am certain that if the schools were to cancel and we got NO SNOW, there would be parents who would have pitched a fit. They would be left without childcare and had to stay home from work. Not sure what the correct answer would have been.

I cannot imagine being a teacher stuck at school with the children into the night. What a long day for them!

FCM

January 29th, 2014
7:48 am

Once I get home, I will tell you. Slept on the conference room floor at my office. However, I had bathrooms, food, and warmth so I am not complaining.

MJG…my cousin in Michigan has been out on snow days for 4 days now…Lesson learned if they think it will hit ATL and she has school cancelled my kids are “sick” since the darn school system is stupid and so is the absentee policy!

FCM

January 29th, 2014
7:50 am

@ NotHome you must be near where I am…Peachtree is passable and I saw trucks clearing the ramp to I85 North. I hope they are getting out to the ‘burbs at some point.

BShepC

January 29th, 2014
7:58 am

Going to spend the day hoping my husband will be able to make it home at some point. Not holding my breath though…it’s awful out there.

FCM

January 29th, 2014
8:00 am

I will probably spend part of it giving the Cobb Superintendent a piece of my mind (email likely).

Cobb has 4 days in Feb (2/13 – 2/18–yes that is 6 b/c of a weekend) off they could have called school Tues and Wed this week then announced school was in session any of those days…we would have been FINE! And for the those who had vacation plans…well you could just say your kid was sick…b/c the absentee policy is stupid and still go on vacation

motherjanegoose

January 29th, 2014
8:12 am

@ FCM…I cannot imagine it. I do think it was worse ITP. I am so happy I was not in Cobb County and had to get home. I think it was worse on that side of town. I think I would have just stayed in a hotel. Makes me think I should just put a bag in my car with sweat pants, clean underwear, a t shirt, socks and shoes. I usually have some toiletries in a suitcase somewhere in the car.

BE SAFE!

FCM

January 29th, 2014
8:24 am

MJG all the hotels are booked, we tried to get one. I have food (oatmeal in the drawer, some fruit I brought yesterday, water, coffee….BUT I am concerned about my kids (my neighbors have them but I don’t want them to have them all day and tonight too!). I am hoping that maybe my mom can go get them around noon at the latest and the dog too. If she can get them to her house then I can make a plan for me.

Macy

January 29th, 2014
8:30 am

It took 45 minutes to get from McGinnes Ferry in Suwanee up to GA20 in Buford.

Today, we plan on watching all the recorded shows on the DVR….I’m tired of the news, and would like a little entertainment today. My neighbor and I made a huge pot of chili Monday night, so we are enjoying that also.

Stay warm everyone. And stay off the roads, unless you are a policeman, EMS, etc. work will not collapse if YOU don’t go in, I promise.

iRun

January 29th, 2014
8:33 am

We live in Candler Park, which is zoned to Mary Lin Elementary, Inman Middle, and Grady High. I think Mary Lin and Grady did not have early dismissal but Inman Middle did and my son is a 7th grader there. My work closed offices at noon. I came home before it got bad and teleworked. I will be teleworking today, as well. But, my son spent all day sledding in Candler Park, on the hills of the golf course. I took my dog out for an evening walk around 10pm and people were still sledding.

It looks like people are making the most of it.

I will probably take a break from work at some point to walk down to Doc Bombay’s to get coffee.

I have a feeling the kids will be out tomorrow, too, since temps aren’t going to rise above freezing until tomorrow. Could be out until Friday.

iRun

January 29th, 2014
8:45 am

I did read there are a handful of kids stranded at schools, but it seems the schools are doing a good job keeping them warm, feeding them, and giving them a place to sleep, etc.

I can imagine if you’re stuck at work that’s a real downer but if you have food then it’s not completely miserable.

There are the people stranded on the roads since yesterday…they’re the ones in actual danger.

cobbmom

January 29th, 2014
9:07 am

Well before school buses ran yesterday morning the Atlanta metro area was under a winter weather warning. The school districts knew it was coming but chose to put a few hundred thousand kids at risk along with the school personnel. FCM pointed out that Cobb has days off in February, I would like to add that those are furlough days UNPAID days forced upon teachers because the school district can’t manage money.

mother of 2

January 29th, 2014
9:49 am

We will continue to help my husband’s co-workers who remain stranded. We’re at home, online, finding passable routes for people still trying to get home. We will take some time to be grateful and talk about what to do in the event of a future snow situation. And we will enjoy being together, particularly because many families aren’t.

FCM

January 29th, 2014
10:03 am

@ Cobbmom, I know they were UNPAID….but could we not have called school yesterday and and switched them out? It would NOT be a hardship in accounting I assure you since I work books

FCM

January 29th, 2014
10:03 am

ie….yesterday and today unpaid and called furlough and then the Feb days paid

WitchyWoman

January 29th, 2014
10:16 am

@ FCM and Cobbmom I agree, that they should not have had school yesterday, but there is another half to this coin. The parents did not have to send them. Everyone saw the same weather reports. You can’t question the judgement of the schools without questioning the judgement of the thousands of parents who sent their kids there. I mean they could have kept their kids @ home and used whatever emergency daycare they use when school is unexpectedly cancelled. OR some of the parents could have taken sick or vacation days to stay home. There is a lot of blame to go around on this, but for parents don’t forget to blame yourselves as well.

SEE

January 29th, 2014
10:28 am

Remember, those school personnel who spent the night to look after the kids did so on unpaid time. I’m sure that many would have done the same thing as it kinda goes with the territory of working with kids, but to those who complain about teachers please remember the dedication of those willing to spend their “off time” ensuring their students stay safe. I’m fortunate that my children’s school system closed schools on Tuesday, and the school system where I work let kids off around 11:00. Staff was supposed to stay the rest of the school day, but my principal told us to go.

FCM

January 29th, 2014
10:31 am

WitchyWoman…the absentee schedule says that if they are absent 4 times then they come after the parents with the law…even if it is “excused” absence. Parents do not get to make decisions b/c of the $$$ being tied to attendance. It is totally wrong of the schools to do that!

FCM

January 29th, 2014
10:35 am

Who complained about a teacher? The teachers need more pay and did a great job….I want their BOSSES (at Supeintendents office) ASS.

FCM

January 29th, 2014
10:38 am

And SEE if your a teacher you should be ashamed you cannot read without inferring things! NOTHING was said about teachers but you and cobbmom assumed I was after teachers. My only problem with teachers is that get so darn defensive when you say ANYTHING about the darn schools. The problem in Cobb starts with Hinjosa….the only person on the Cobb Board with any sense is David Banks.

SEE

January 29th, 2014
10:39 am

@FCM: those who complain about teachers being lazy and just in it for the money in general. Just highlighting that fact for them.

SEE

January 29th, 2014
10:41 am

@FCM: I wasn’t commenting to you. Frankly, I didn’t even read your posts. I specifically said “thos who complain about teachers”…that’s to whom I was directing the comments.

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January 29th, 2014
10:47 am

I’m makin bacon today!

SEE

January 29th, 2014
10:51 am

Okay, I actually read that ^.

FCM

January 29th, 2014
10:51 am

SEE my apologies….not getting to the kids (though they are safe with my neighbor!) is making me nuts.

NotHome

January 29th, 2014
10:51 am

You people are arguing over the past; the only thing we can do now is to improve for the future.
I’m still stuck in the office, with no end in sight. Tried to leave but all the surface streets to I285 are sheets of ice. Now I have to pray no one hits my car.

The lesson I have learned from this is that the first sign of sleet, I’m out of here. No ifs and or buts.

SEE

January 29th, 2014
10:56 am

@FCM: I can tell you are stressed. I would hate it if I were stranded away from my kids, so I understand.

Ed

January 29th, 2014
11:02 am

I made it home before the snow started to fall on Tuesday. While stuck in the house I will read, write, and watch Spanish television.

April

January 29th, 2014
11:23 am

Luckily, our school cancelled Tuesday and Wednesday. My boy played in the falling snow yesterday, and today we had a big breakfast together. We are now trying to catch up on some school projects and reading for school.

We are on the east side of Atlanta and do not have a huge amount of snow – probably only an inch, but the roads are icy.

Purplespedcow

January 29th, 2014
12:31 pm

Cherokee has switched furlough and snow days in the past, making the snow days into furlough days and furlough days into school days. Right now we have had four days of “snow days” for the students – two earlier in the month for the cold and today and tomorrow because of this mess.

Hidden Agenda

January 29th, 2014
1:16 pm

Hopefully many parents whose kids were “trapped” at their schools overnight are spending today online looking for quality homeschool curricula. I would recommend Ron Paul’s great program. Stop handing your kids over to folks who can’t even pay attention to the weather reports and warnings.

motherjanegoose

January 29th, 2014
1:42 pm

@ Hidden…thanks for the laugh.

Teachers really have very little say in whether we have school or not.
Government officials will be in place with decision whether or not anyone home schools, unless I am missing something!

Many parents were dashing home from work ( to meet their children and be home) and this may have increased the traffic jam.
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Would things change at all if 20,000 people quit their jobs? I am not an economist.

Truth: the traffic would be so much better ever other day.

a_mom

January 29th, 2014
3:27 pm

@Witchy Woman 10:16am – My daughter already has more absences than usual – all legitimate (fever or throwing up, etc.) from the kids who come to school coughing and sneezing all over the place. I’ve always tried to be responsible and not send in a sick child, both for their sake and to not spread it to other children. I thought of checking her out early when it started coming down pretty good, but knew that would add an “unexcused” absence to her record. Therefore, I regrettably let her stay until Cherokee schools were dismissed at 12:15pm. I won’t make that mistake again.

Monday night weather.com predicted snow flurries in Northern suburbs at 9am Tuesday changing to snow as the morning wore on. I fully expected school to be cancelled by the next morning, but it wasn’t. By 10am it was fat snow flakes and we got an email at 10:34am that school would be dismissed at 12:15pm. I’m sure they saw the snow coming down too, so why not start dismissal within the hour? They know how quickly the roads become slick because they don’t get sanded/salted. Why wait for it to snow for 2 hours before sending them home? You could look at the weather map and see that big white blob coming at us – no way it was going to miss us.

I heard someone say they chose to wait until after lunch because the schools get federal funds for the number of kids in school or the number of lunches served or something like that. Does anyone know if it’s possible that’s why they didn’t dismiss earlier?! If so, heads should roll.

Techmom

January 29th, 2014
3:28 pm

I am thankful I work from home and didn’t have to commute in the crap yesterday but I am a little sad that I didn’t get a snow day today! Love seeing all my friends and their kids out enjoying it though.

Hidden Agenda

January 29th, 2014
4:15 pm

motherjanegoose – This is about parents and their children and their future and their safety. All the rest to me is immaterial. And this has always been my opinion about government schooling, regardless of the weather. It is the failure of yesterday just heaped upon a pile of failure a mile high that preceded it.

FCM

January 29th, 2014
4:40 pm

Got home at 3 pm. My boss drove me home and I am thankful.

Beck

January 29th, 2014
7:48 pm

FCM – For future reference, teachers are only paid for teacher workdays and school days. We are not paid for any school “vacations.”

If you don’t believe me, pull out a calendar and count those days and compare them to the days on the contract.

A system may or may not choose to have teachers make up snow days or other weather events, but we are not paid for planned breaks.

WAR EAGLE

January 30th, 2014
7:28 am

Best way to spend the day off, even when the kids are playing outside? Lock the doors and have a passionate love making session!

GeoffDawg

January 30th, 2014
8:20 am

So, your wife is marooned at work too War Eagle?

moist dawg

January 30th, 2014
10:39 am

i will be watching game film and getting ready for next season. ill also be laughing at the bama and auburn fans who ive seen crying and acting like a bunch of babys over the last 2 days.

Ann

January 30th, 2014
12:05 pm

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moist dawg

January 30th, 2014
12:16 pm

ann your post is probly not showing because it was foul mouthed or because it was spam.

FCM

January 30th, 2014
4:35 pm

Beck, again nobody is talking teachers and their pay. These snow days should be made up in Feb…PERIOD…..Bad call on Hinjosa’s part. Hinjosa should be gone…but then I say that every time he wants to cut teachers, pay, fine arts, or increase class size ..

HB

January 30th, 2014
9:55 pm

Making a snow day unpaid would be unfair. If teachers are going to be furloughed and lose pay, it should be on scheduled days so they can make their own plans (perhaps plans they can be paid for elsewhere to make up the loss). If the previously scheduled furlough days become make-up days, teachers should be paid for both the snow days and the make-up days — no swapping.

DB

January 30th, 2014
11:08 pm

FCM — glad you were able to get home, who needs that kind of stress? We had about 20 – 30 people in our office that spent the night Tuesday. They hooked up Netflix on the computer in the training room, found someone’s stash of popcorn and the wine left over from the Christmas party, and generally made the best of it. Someone got bright and walked over to a nearby Costco and brought back pizzas, too. I’m lucky, I only live a couple of miles from home and knew a shortcut, so my commute was 25 minutes instead of the usual 5-7.

I think those teachers and administrators that spent the night with kids and those bus drivers who watched over the kids in their care on cold, hard buses deserve everyone’s sincerest thanks and appreciation. When you think about it, it could have been so much worse, with far more traffic accident injuries, etc. I am absolutely blown away by the FB page “SnowedoutAtlanta” and the thousands of people pitching in to help strangers out of the goodness of their heart, offering food, a warm place to stay, etc. That is what I want to remember from this incident — how Atlanta’s true heart shone through.

FCM

January 31st, 2014
7:50 am

DB glad you got home. The teachers and bus drivers have my thanks and appreciation. I know Mr Ray runs a tight bus and I have no doubt he had the kids safety in mind the whole time. I agree that the goodness of people in this storm was amazing….even the building staff opening our cafe so we could make a hot breakfast (eggs, toast, bacon, and fruit) were great. Our church hosted 40 folks stranded on Abernathy. One of the guys that ended up back at the office with us, he couldn’t make Ksaw, took another lady that was walking home first. Of course everyone her knows my neighbors grabbed my kids for me. The acts of kindness are what I will remember most.