Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wishing and hoping and waiting…

From one of my friends who teaches high school:
Student: Mrs. W, do you think we will have a snow day tomorrow?
Teacher: Well, here’s what you need to pray for – that the electricity doesn’t go out at your house, that it does go out at the high school, and that there’s ice on the roads.

We in Louisiana anxiously await any white accumulation. And it doesn’t have to be snow. A student and I ran outside when we heard white stuff was on the ground, and we stood outside, jacket-less, for several minutes, debating: is it sleet, or is it snow?

We eventually decided it didn’t matter. We’re still hoping for ice. Ice means the roads are frozen over. Ice, around here, equals Snow Day.

So now all of us – employees and students alike – are refreshing our web browser for the university’s website, checking weather.com every 15 minutes for updates, and you’ll frequently hear two or more people optimistically saying, “Oh, but it’s going to get worse tonight. It’s supposed to REALLY ice over tonight.”

Additionally, the university posted information on its Facebook page with the unfortunate leading words, “ALL UNIVERSITY SCHEDULES AND OPERATIONS ARE NORMAL AT THIS TIME.” Nothing kills a potential Snow Day buzz than that.

However, the comments underneath were quite interesting:

“You're not trying hard enough, Mother Nature.”

“I will stand on the side of the Interstate with a water hose if I have to.”

From a graduate who obviously does not care about anyone’s happiness
“The university president needs to be like he used to be and make everyone go no matter what. I graduated in 2003 and had to endure several snow and ice storms. School used to never close.”
Someone else’s response
“Oooh, you're so cool cause you can endure ice storms. Wow. Want a cookie?”

So until tomorrow, when I hope to be sleeping late in my nice warm bed instead of doing what I should be doing – working – I bid you all adieu and for those of you who are actually experiencing bad weather, stay safe and enjoy your Snow Day!

UPDATE: Campus is closed at 3 p.m. today as well as tomorrow.

It's sad when the students AND faculty start jumping up and down in happiness...

12 comments:

Mari said...

I hope you get a snow day! Yesterday, everyone had one here but Nursing homes don't close so I had to go in!

Brooke said...

lol @ "wanna cookie" :P hope you get your wish!

jay loves playing in his jeep so i come to work no matter what.

The Hat Chick said...

Darn weather people have been hyping it so much. It better snow because I'm supposed to cook for a volunteer obligation at school tomorrow and I don't have anything thawed. Counting my cancellations before they hatch....

Carol said...

I sure hope you get some of that white stuff! :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. You made me smile.

Aleta said...

I busted out laughing with the comments. That was great!

Snow, Sleet, Ice - whatever it takes!

Travis Erwin said...

Been cold here but not enough snow to close anything. Dang it.

Lauren said...

I hope you get your snow day too! Ice totally counts. :)

Ginger said...

Way funny!

Terri said...

I'm in the OR tomorrow - no chance of a snow day. If we get snow I have to try to drive in it.:( So I'm hoping for no snow tomorrow and a big snow on Monday!!! Just kidding! :)

septembermom said...

Our district has had so many snow days this year. Hope you have some fun in the snow!

Rena said...

This cracked me up! Here in Denham Springs {Livingston Parish} schools close when the wind starts whistling. Okay, maybe that's a slight exaggeration. But I got a kick out friends from other states wondering what was going on down here after seeing all the facebook comments.

Now I hear possible snow this Thursday. I'm tired of being toyed with. I'm sure it's totally and completely unfair but I blame the weathermen.

Rena said...

This cracked me up! Here in Denham Springs {Livingston Parish} schools close when the wind starts whistling. Okay, maybe that's a slight exaggeration. But I got a kick out friends from other states wondering what was going on down here after seeing all the facebook comments.

Now I hear possible snow this Thursday. I'm tired of being toyed with. I'm sure it's totally and completely unfair but I blame the weathermen.