It's no news that it snows a lot in MN. Or that it gets cold, like -30 cold. But The University hardly ever, and I mean ever shuts down. Once my sophomore year they canceled afternoon classes, I still had a class till 2:30 and had to ride the bus home. Not fun.
Yesterday however... had African American history, and came out of class at noon to see the sky full of snowflakes, colored an inspirational gray. I hurried home, hoping that my 5:30 class professor might send an e-mail out. Looked exactly like Keat's The Snowy Day outside.
Instead, something better happened: the University called off all afternoon classes. Yes!
This meant, me in front of Oprah getting homework done, and feeling super cozy.
Around 7pm SAM came over for a joint philanthropy event- watching The Story of Stuff. Obviously very politically bent, but here's what I took out of the whole thing: clearly we were doing something right around the 1950s, because that is when American happiness peaked (now don't get all Revolutionary Road on me!). I do not see this budget crisis as a crisis, I am deciding to view it as a blessing because it will enable us to spend more time with family, cooking at home, making stuff, playing games instead of working long hours for less, shopping all the time, eating out, and watching TV. I am thankful for friends who share my views. I am ready for the focus to turn from material to familial. I think my generation is going to be like our grandparents.
Since I had made such a dent in my homework Katie, Kate, and I decided to venture out in the storm to the grocery store. I had some things to pick up for my Wednesday date next week (J and I are going to cook instead of go out, because it's better!). Trying to get back up the hill to the parking lot was not working, because of all the snow. It took four sorority girls to push Katie's car up, with her gassing. So fun.
Then we made brownies, and ended the night watching one of my all time favorites, the ORIGINAL Yours, Mine, & Ours. Like the Henry Fonda version. As in 1968. Kate and I were so excited, talking about old movies and how we love them. I mentioned Robert Redford in The Great Gatsby, and she says, "girl you know that Mia Farrow!" Yes. Life is good.