When you're a little kid, there are a lot of little things you take for granted. Things like having someone else buy food for you, having the freedom to spend entire summers inventing languages and roaming around outside without an obligation in the world, getting a fiver in birthday cards from distant relatives, and if you grew up in a cold climate, the gloriousness of getting snowed out of school and being able to romp in the snow all day long. Of course unexpected snow days were likely very stressful for your parents, but that's the beauty of being a kid—you probably didn't notice at the time!
Unfortunately snow days are far and few between once you hit adulthood, but strangely enough, Stan and I found ourselves having one last month. The folks on the news were calling Winter Storm Juno the blizzard of the century, so lots of businesses (and even the New York City subway system!) shut down in preparation. As it turns out, Juno wasn't quite as epic as it was predicted to be... but there was quite a bit of snow on the ground, and there we were with a whole day off. What to do? GO SLEDDING!!!
Before bundling up in our full-on snow gear, we did a little reconnaissance mission to see if the local park was actually navigable.
Looks OK... but these benches are usually crowded with people. Where did everybody go?
This little lady looks like she knows something. Let's follow her.
Ah, that's where they are. Looks like everybody and their grandma had the same idea that we did. This is what happens when you live in an urban area... the local park basically becomes a backyard for the whole neighborhood. No matter, I still see plenty of room to slip and slide down that hill!
We headed back home to don our snow gear and grab the sled (which I totally inflated with my mouth, because our air pump broke. Behold my power.)
Before suiting up, we applied a little Vaseline Intensive Care™ Advanced Repair lotion (MSRP $4.99). Getting chapped, dry skin is probably my least favorite thing about winter, so moisturizing before braving the cold is 100% necessary. Vaseline Intensive Care™ Advanced Repair is great because it contains micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly, which help heal dryness and lock in moisture.
After gearing up, we headed back to the park.
Who's got two arms and is excited about sledding? THAT GUY!
We found ourselves a modestly steep slope to play on. Best to leave the terrifying ones for the kiddos.
I hope y'all like my purple waterproof pants. Try not to be jealous of my amazing post-blizzard style, OK?
In addition to the sled, we also brought a snowball-making device to the park.
I was highly skeptical when we first got this thing, but it really does make nice, round snowballs. Does one need perfectly-round snowballs? Probably not. But we were the envy of all the kids in the park with that thing.
Well, maybe not after that happened.
Once we got tired of messing around on the sledding hill, we decided to explore the rest of the park and see what the non-sledders were up to.
Not a ton of people around... but lots of snowmen. Remnants of an ancient snow society? Or perhaps just signs of earlier fun?
I liked this round little gentleman. I'm a bit concerned about the length of his arms though.
Or how about this guy...
AHHH! STOP STARING AT ME!
This was definitely my favorite snowman tableau: Two rather squat little fellows and a strategically placed copy paper box. What was it used for? How did it get there? Can snowmen do administrative work? If so, where can I hire one? Will he melt if he gets too close to the computer? Deep thoughts.
This dog also seemed intrigued by the snowman vs. copy box situation. And I'm a bit jealous that her winter outfit is more jazzy than mine.
We wandered around some more until the sun started to go down.
We made it through a day of frolicking in the snow without getting parched skin thanks to Vaseline Intensive Care™ Advanced Repair, so all that we had left to do after that was drink some hot cocoa. Which I made from scratch on the stove—something I never would have been allowed to do as a kid. Yay for grown-up snow days!
Have you ever had a day off work due to inclement weather? How do you protect your skin from harsh conditions?
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