Pittsburgh is still an absolute mess. Maybe it's because I'm from Vermont and am used to everyone having a snow plow and 4 wheel drive that I have trouble believing that just over 2 feet of snow can bring an area to a grinding halt. Regardless, I am thoroughly enjoying the perks that this storm has provided. Yesterday I made the trek down to the Natural History Museum for work, but since only 5 people showed up within the first hour, we shut down and I suddenly had a free day to catch up on work. I went to Starbucks and got a grande soy cappuccino to fuel my study session and managed to spend a solid 5 hours in the library before I had a group meeting. I made it back home (it took me twice as long as it should have - the sidewalks are still a mess!) and made a meal with what I could find. Carrot fries, Smart Dogs, and sautéed asparagus and broccoli are what I may be having for a few days until I can get to a grocery store.
After spending another 2 hours prepping for my stats exam, I received the best email that has ever found it's way into my inbox:
This evening, public safety officials of the City of Pittsburgh strongly encouraged the university to cancel classes tomorrow and call off all non-essential personnel, in light of what they have assessed to be a continuing dangerous situation for drivers and pedestrians as a result of this weekend's storm.
Classes on Monday are cancelled.
As soon as I read that, I put down my pen and decided to not do another second of work. While a lot of people were taking this extended weekend to have yet another night of partying, I opted to watch some Netflix on my computer and made a Valentine's Day card for my grandparents. My night spent watching Confessions of a Shopaholic (cute but not especially good - exactly what I needed) and hacking away at old issues of Teen Vogue was pretty much the best gift the snow gods could have given me.
This morning I forced myself to sleep in and didn't get out of bed until 10:45. I made my way into the kitchen and made an amazing bowl of oats. First I topped 1/2 cup quick oats with Splenda, cinnamon, strawberry preserves, Tofutti cream cheese, and Better 'n Peanut Butter. Then I mixed it all together and dumped Kashi Go Lean all over it. I used to love PB,J,&C sandwiches when I was little, and this hit that same exact spot.
Now I'm trying to figure out what to do with my day. I have quite a bit of work that needs to be done, but there's a big part of me that wants to put on Sex and the City reruns and reorganize my closet. Decisions, decisions...
What would you do with a surprise day off?