Snow Day!

We’ve had two snow days and a delayed opening this week! The last time I missed this much school because of snow, it was 2001!

RIT was notorious for NEVER CLOSING. My freshman year, the first day of fall quarter was Labor Day and the last day of the quarter was Veteran’s Day. You know, days that my high-school-self was used to having off. After awhile, I accepted never having holidays off. But you know what I really missed? Snow days. There was something special about a snow day. A snow day was always such a nice, unexpected surprise.

But RIT was in Western New York. On average, the city gets over 90 inches of snow each winter. Plus the area around campus was pretty flat, so it was much easier to drive around than my neighborhood in Connecticut. I quickly got used to walking to school in all sorts of weather. I also became a pro at layering! Pro tip? Wear sweatpants OVER your jeans/leggings/normal pants so that if you want to take a layer off, it’s the outer one.

Bye Pam, don’t get lost in a blizzard!

One Martin Luther King Day, I woke up to my roommate Tiffany crouched next to the side of my bed. “School’s closed!” she said. “No it’s not,” I said as I rolled away from her. She explained that there was an ice storm and Monroe County made us close down. I still didn’t believe her, but I reached for my laptop, checked my email, and sure enough, RIT was closed. The next thing I checked was Facebook, which of course was filled with…wait I’m not even sure statuses were a thing. But you know what I mean! I remembered that I set an away message about my day off, to which my non-RIT friends replied, “Of course you have today off, it’s Martin Luther King Day.” Sigh.

 

Found this bad boy on Facebook. Oh the glory days!

Since it was technically an ICE day and not a SNOW day, we didn’t get to do any of the fun things like go sledding, have snowball fights, or build inappropriate snow sculptures. I remember being able to enjoy the day with my roommates. The other thing I remember about that day was meeting our weird neighbors. They set the fire alarm off, so our whole row had to wait outside in the ice storm. Lovely. Luckily one of us was parked nearby, so we waited inside a car.

This is probably the only reason I have pictures of our ice day.

During the rest of my time at RIT, I remember there being a few times that afternoon/evening classes were cancelled, but no whole day events. I’ve been enjoying these past few days, but I’m hoping the weather stops being so crazy in time for recruitment and my upcoming trip to Rochester!

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Looking at the List #7

78. Use up my tanning credits.

I am a pale, pale person. Normally I get some color during the summer, but last year I started working full time and got NO color whatsoever. Fast forward six months and I had a wedding, a formal, and cheerleading tryouts coming up and I looked like a very blonde ghost. I went to the local cancer box tanning salon and purchased I think something like ten sessions. I went once or twice before each event and then forgot about it for awhile. I went again during the summer, but I just haven’t found the time since. When I do go, I go to one of the less powerful beds and I don’t tan for very long. I actually find it super relaxing and kind of miss it! I’m not sure if I will buy another package, but I should at least finish what I bought!

80. Go ice skating.

Recently I made a goal to be more social and get out more. I get bored with just going out for drinks, so I started looking back on things I did before I was of legal drinking age – bowling, ice skating, and sporting events were how I spent many a weekend during high school! I haven’t gone ice skating in FOREVER…hopefully I can go this winter! Bonus points if it’s on a lake or outdoors!

84. Come up with a workout routine that works for me.

Last year I was in the best shape of my life. I had been going to the gym regularly. I got all these workout videos to get ready for cheerleading. I was able to run three miles in 21 minutes…I’m pretty sure that’s faster than I was able to drive to work this morning. So what happened? Cheerleading ended and I “took a break”. A long break. I mean, I still walk my dog daily, but I don’t go to the gym. The other day, I tried to do one of the workout videos, but Lilly just climbed all over me. Going to the gym doesn’t work because I feel bad leaving the dog at home. Working out in a traditional way at home doesn’t work because my dog is apparently morally against it. I need to find some creative way to get my exercise. Suggestions?

87. Properly recycle my old laptop.

Before I left for college, my dad’s siblings all got together and bought me my laptop as a graduation/birthday present. Unfortunately, that laptop didn’t survive too long, but Apple replaced it! That one did manage to make it all the way through grad school before finally succumbing peacefully refusing to turn on one day. By this time not only was my laptop WAY out of warranty, but it was so old that Apple wouldn’t even fix it. So I did what any sane, cash-strapped twenty-something would do and bought an iMac. The only problem is that I still have this dead laptop taking up precious storage space in my closet.