1. Watch all of the good ‘80s movies – Sixteen Candles, Footloose, Breakfast Club….OnDemand, on Netflix, on Redbox, or whatever your cable company of choice offers. You will be a better person, with more to talk about.
2. Do yoga in your living room. Don’t have a yoga DVD? Grab a book or search online for some YouTube videos – it’s sure to calm your stir crazy stress.
3. Read that book you’ve had on your nightstand for like, two years. Weather events happen for a reason – maybe it’s so we can call catch up on our ready.
4. Call your mom/dad/brother/sister/best friend/hairstylist/chiropractor/personal trainer and tell them you love and appreciate them.
5. Clean your house – or at least pick a room - organize your shelves and drawers by color and item so you never again scramble to find that whisk, AGAIN.
6. Make a list of your goals for the next few months – or for 2014. Really take the time to think them out and write them down & share them with your kids/spouse/significant other so you’re accountable.
7. Clean out your phone contacts. Sayonara toxic friends and ex-hook up (unless of course you want to keep their number so you know not to answer – in this case I suggest renaming them as “DO NOT ANSWER”
8. Organize your iTunes. Make playlists that remind you of college or of your hometown. Make a playlist for your holiday party. Make a playlist for your birthday. Make a playlist for being snowed in.
9. Write someone you haven’t talked to in a while a hand-written letter and mail it when the ice clears. Make sure it’s personal – you have time for edits – everybody deserves to get a handwritten note! It’s a lost art.
10. Nothing’s gonna happen while it’s snowing this hard. Take the time to relax. Take a bubble bath until you turn into a prune. Wear and eye mask and meditate. Listen to the sounds of the snow outside and breathe deeply. Turn on some classical music and open a bottle of wine. Build a fire (or flip the switch if you have gas logs).