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College Snow Days > High School Snow Days

I LOVE THE SNOW.

Last night we got around a foot of snow and I haven’t had so much snow in a really long time. We had heard that a huge storm was coming in, but usually my luck with snow is that the forecast is for a lot, and then it usually goes north or south of where I am and I don’t get any. But that didn’t happen this time! All of my friends were talking about how excited they would be if class got cancelled and the entire time I was just bracing myself for the fact that it wouldn’t be cancelled.

But then I got a text this morning around 4:00 AM telling me that classes would be cancelled because of inclement weather. I was soo happy I could sleep in! I’ve been going to bed really late, so sleeping in until around 11:00 AM this morning was absolutely fantastic. Me and my roommate bundled up and trekked through the snow to the caf, which doesn’t sound all that fun, but it was amazing!

There streets hadn’t been plowed very well and none of the sidewalks were shoveled, so we just ran through the knee-high snow and streets like crazy people, baha. There were some snow drifts that were as tall as us! We couldn’t even find the stairs in some places and the snow was so compacted. Then, to top it all off, we got to the caf and they were serving chicken parmesan, which is my favorite.

I have quite a few tests coming up next week and a research paper due pretty soon (over a river system – how lame) so I spent this afternoon catching up on some study and researching. I was pretty disappointed because I just wanted to go out and play in the snow, so I took my laptop and set it on the microwave in front of the window so I could watch the snow fall and do my homework. It was so pretty! Alysha kept laughing at me. :P

A group of friends and I met up when it started to get dark to go sledding. None of us had actual sleds so we just got cardboard boxes and lids from big storage containers, baha. We looked pretty ghetto, but that’s all part of the fun, right? The cardboard boxes ended up working really well, though the lids not so much. I was just using my lid to scoop up snow and throw it at people, mwaha! I only was wearing my jeans, however, and I was frolicking through the snow like a dog (not literally) so my jeans ended up getting soaked really fast. I was shivering the rest of the night. Andrew and the guys played capture the flag and he was so proud of himself that he won both games, haha.

I got in the shower when I got back but had to turn it off because the warm water hurt my legs so bad. So I’m not curled up in my bed in my jammies and trying to warm up. Alysha hasn’t seen the Lord of the Rings movies before (which is so crazy!! Especially since I’m such a nerd and watch them every spring break, haha) so we’re currently on number two. I had to educate her about Middle-earth! :P

We’re supposed to get a little more snow tonight, so it would be wonderful if classes were cancelled again tomorrow, but I don’t think they will be. Besides, I’ve had such a blast today.If we don’t have class, I’m definitely spending all day in the snow again! Andrew doesn’t like the snow much (which a part of me dies a little bit every time he says that) but I’ll drag him along anyways. :D

My university is really close to a really popular shopping center in Kansas City called the Plaza, and on Tuesday there was a gas main leak and an explosion in one of the restaurants. I wasn’t affected by it at all, but most people living in the plaza were evacuated and there were around fifteen people injured. It was really scary and it was national news.  One of my professors couldn’t teach one of my classes this week since he had been evacuated. Anyhow, if you could keep those injured and those affected in your thoughts and prayers. <3

A Post-Christmas Coma

I can’t believe that Christmas has already come and gone! Nonetheless, I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas! Mine was fairly simple, but lovely (for the most part) as always.

On Christmas Eve, I took Tabor with me to PetSmart. I had stopped by about a week before to see if there were any treats I could find him and they had these huge, two foot long bones from $5 – $7, which was incredible since they normally run upwards to $20. I bought one of them for him. He was being excessively energetic that morning (it was as if he knew it was almost Christmas!) and I wasn’t doing anything so on a whim, I decided to go and see if they had any left to save for later. He loves car rides, so he hopped right in. About halfway to the store, he started whining and I couldn’t figure out why, until I realized it was because the window wasn’t down. x_x It was freezing outside, but against my better judgement I put the window down and held onto his leash so he wouldn’t try anything stupid like jump out the window (he’s done it before).

It was the funniest thing, because he would stick his head out the window, his ears flapping and his mouth wide open, for about 30 seconds and then would stick his nose back inside to warm it up. I love that dog. When we got to the store, he was scared to go in because he’s a wuss the floor was tile and his nails are pretty long so he slides around. But he got over it and just wagged along next to me as I looked at the bones that they had on sale. There was a man next to me who had five or six two-foot-long rawhide bones in his arms, babbling that they were such a great deal, with his cart piled with more bones. I love my dog, but I’m not going to spend $50 on him! I settled on two clearance bones and we checked out. Then I felt bad when I got home because he wanted them – but it wasn’t Christmas yet!

Tabor's Christmas
‘Twas a good haul for the dog this year.

My parents wanted me to attend their church’s Christmas Eve service, which was really a drag. Not because I don’t like going to church, but because I attend a different church than my parents. It’s not something I’ve shared on my blog, one because it would take a short book to explain everything; and two, it’s still a bit of a sore topic for me. In a nuthsell, my parents left our church and found a new one, while I still attend my old one. We used to always attend my church’s candlelight service together, but my mom wanted the family to be together (even though my brother Steven and sister didn’t attend…) and it was just so awkward. The church is in a nicer part of town than where we live so it basically was just a bunch of snobby rich people gathered together. I think my parents have been going there for about a year and a half now, and only three people said anything to them… The service itself was okay, just not what I was used to. It was long and just seemed really weird not being at my home church.

My mom was peeved at me afterwards because “Becca didn’t want to be there and you could tell it.” *shrug*

We had our traditional junk food night afterwords where we just ate all of our favorites. I love Little Smokies, and we only ever have them on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Mmm, not to mention the toasted ravioli (a St. Louis classic), cheese dip, rye pizzas, shrimp, cheese and sausage and crackers, and pineapple with jello sprinkled on top. It’s not Christmas Eve at our house if you don’t eat enough calories for a small army! My aunt joined us and normally my grandpa would, be he was in a bit of a funk and “didn’t feel like getting out.” :/

Christmas morning we slept-in until 10:00 AM and then made a large breakfast. It’s fun because I always do the pancakes, my dad the bacon, my sister the biscuits and gravy, and my mom the eggs and potatoes. Of course, I had given Tabor and Macy some of their toys so I kept getting distracted in watching them play with and fight over them. :P

I received some fun gifts this year. I love sock monkeys, so my mom got me a sock monkey santa hat that I wore the entire rest of the day. :) I hate bugs, so my dad got me an electric fly swatter. It’s basically a small tennis racket with metal netting that, when you push a button, emits an electrical current that zaps the bug. I’m not much of a sadist, but I will do whatever I need to do to kill a bug that is near me. I think it will prove very handy in the coming months in my dorm room. My mom and Ryan bother shocked themselves already, haha. I then received some books and movies that I had asked for. Me and Ryan always have this thing where we try to make it impossible to open each other’s presents, so this year he got me a book and screwed two boards around it, then nailed it and bent the nails. He was mildly disappointed when I just took a hammer to it and pried the wood apart. Not so dumb for being a girl, eh?

I simply duct taped and wrapped it a million times in a few boxes and then set it on top of the vault that we have in our living room. I had to get the ladder out to put it there the night before, but of course he’s so tall that he simply had to get a chair and reach up and grab it. -.- I think my favorite gift that I gave was to Steven. He loves the Big Bang Theory (a TV show), and on there Sheldon uses this folding contraption to fold his shirts. So I thought it would be funny to get him one, and I think he really liked it. Though I think my most-used gift will be a blanket I got Andrew. It is so. soft.

Andrew has been sick the past few days, the poor thing. I think he caught the flu. He was sent home from work early on Thursday because he was puking, so I haven’t been able to see him too much. But he was feeling better yesterday and today, so I might see him tonight and watch some of the new movies I have.

The year’s coming to a close soon; it’s weird thinking that it will be 2013. I really only have a few goals in mind, but those will be elaborated on later. I finished Wuthering Heights today by Emily Bronte. It’s a book I’ve been trying to read since probably the 10th grade and for whatever reason I could never get into it. While it wasn’t awful, the characters were so unlikeable, I just felt so blah after finishing it. It’s a powerful book, but I honestly can’t tell you more about how I feel about it.

Now I think it’s time to polish off the rest of this Christmas candy and cookies. :)