A Grown-up's Snow Day in Brooklyn | Hello Pretty Bird! - A beauty and not-so-glamorous lifestyle blog

20 February, 2015

A Grown-up's Snow Day in Brooklyn


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.)

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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...


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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  1. I've been planning on doing a snow day post too, but yours is more exciting as I doubt mine will involve sledding! Though I will try to include the fashionable dog! ;) Looks like you had a lot of fun! If there is one sucky thing about living in cities used to snow. it's the lack of snow days. Back home, it only takes the threat of snow before everything closes!

    Wendy | Fashionable Heart

  2. Love the videos of you sledding! lol and that snowball maker is pretty sweet!

  3. So jealous. I've never witnessed a snowfall before so I could only wish for a snow day. *sad face woe is me* I've played in (old slushy) snow once on the side of the hwy and was so proud of myself for being able to gather enough to make a 1' tall snowman! I'm pretty sure the passersby thought I was a pretty odd child...and I was 21 A at the time!

  4. Yes, make sure Indy's dressed to the nines for his snow day! ;) And yeah, folks in climates used to snow are very reluctant to shut stuff down. I grew up in Massachusetts, which gets very cold and snowy... then I moved to NC for a while and it was HILARIOUS how crazy people went when the forecast said it was going to snow a couple of inches. Lots of stockpiling, haha.

  5. Yeah I never knew snowball makers were a thing until recently, but I guess it's a good thing to have around? lol

  6. Never ever? You should go on vacation to Canada or something! And bring lots of mittens so you can make a non-slushy snowman! That's the thing about growing up around snow though: It's fun for the first day (romping) but then the cleanup, having wet shoes etc. really sucks. So you start to go "Ugggghh please don't snow." At least that's how I am.

  7. Lmao at the two snowmen in that last photo!

  8. Yeah, what's going on with those two? Their creators had already vanished by the time we found them...

  9. This post is wonderful! It looks like you made the best of the snow. The last time there was ice, Dallas shut down. They have since learned from their mistake and will prepare. I think if it ever snows again here, I must acquire one of those snowball makers.

  10. Thanks! I'm guessing Dallas is less used to extreme winter conditions? It was like that when I lived in North Carolina - people just didn't know what to do the one time it snowed a few inches and the road iced over, lol. A snowball maker is indeed a fun winter investment. You should be able to find them at sporting goods stores if there's a surprise snow.


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