Slice of Life #16

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Not Christmas. Not summer. Nope. Today is the first day of March Madness!

I love March Madness and Thursday and Friday are my favorite days of the tournament. Beginning a little after noon each day there are games. The games seem like they are on every channel. This year, after dropping cable and moving solely to streaming service, I’m using the NCAA March Madness app to watch the games. I was a little worried about lag and buffering but I’ve had no problems so far. 

Even better? I’m working with a perfect bracket so far. It’s about to become less than perfect with a Florida Gulf Coast loss, but this is my best start in years!

Slice of Life #15

Yesterday’s blizzard was disappointing and then everything froze overnight.  We walked the dogs this morning and it might have been easier to ice skate! Luckily we had a delayed opening so I was able to take my time getting to school. 

At school my room is in the basement. While I have small casement windows, they align with the ground so I can’t see much. As a result, I was surprised to find it was snowing when I left school at 2:45. Were we supposed to get snow?

I figured that the snow would stop quickly but it continued to snow all afternoon and into the evening. Sometimes the flames coming down were so big and fat that the visibility was effected!

The upside to new powder was that the dogs got to run around and tire themselves out. They spent the afternoon chasing robins, who seemed intent on teasing them, and crunching on ice. All in all, a perfect afternoon for them. 

Slice of Life #14

Well, the blizzard was a bust. I understand why forecasts can bust (and overperformed north of here), but I’m a little disappointed! It was snowing when I went to bed at 1am. The ground and street were covered at that point. That was not the case when I woke up. 

Chris said we had 4-5 inches of snow at 6am when he let the dogs out. Right after that it warmed up and the snow turned to sleet. It sleeted all day. The snow was almost gone by noon and by 2pm everything was covered in ice. 

Boo! If we are going to use a snow day in March I’d prefer that it actually snow. I hate ice and I hate black ice even more. Luckily, we have a delayed opening tomorrow. Granted, our delayed opening means teachers need to be at school only 45 minutes later than normal, which doesn’t do much when it comes to eliminating black ice. But something is better than nothing, I guess. 


We did get to play outside with the dogs, so that was good! They were not fans of the sleet but once it stopped they were ready to romp in the backyard!

Slice of Life #13

Middletown

Freehold Regional

Holmdel

Monmouth Regional

After school I watched as the school closings piled up. My school is county-wide so once the biggest districts close we tend to follow suit. By 5pm most districts had called a snow day for tomorrow. 

I checked my phone. Ringer on? Yup. Do not disturb turned off? Yup. Still no call though!

Around 5:45 my phone buzzed and I quickly grabbed it. A text message, not a phone call. I had to laugh, though. The text was from NXLE, the emergency management service. NJ had declared a state of emergency. 

State of emergency but still no call from my district! Realistically, I knew we were closing. But the call had to come, right?

Finally, a little before 7pm, the call finally came. Snow day tomorrow!

Slice of Life #12- 

The above picture is a good summary of my Sunday. Every few hours I check the latest weather models to see the nor’easter predictions. Yesterday all the models were in (historical) agreement that we will be getting a lot of snow on Tuesday. Late last night and early this morning the models showed some mixing and lower totals. 

Then today the models aligned again. At last check we are supposed to get walloped with close to two feet of snow! 

KABOOM!

This has been a mild winter so the impending storm is taking people by surprise. Personally, I’d be ok with a day off because March is such a long month. A day off would be spent reading and working on my grad school papers. And maybe baking!

Are you supposed to get a lot of snow this week?

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Slice of Life #11- Out in Nature

Today was the annual field excursion for the middle school science enrichment course I co-teach with a colleague. We plan a 3 hour field day at the end of the winter session to look for patterns in nature and learn about nature on our school campus. For the last few years there has been snow on the ground on the March weekend we choose. But this year?

BRRRRRRR!


I think this was the coldest field day yet! We sent an email last night reminding the students to dress warmly and luckily they did!

When I got up it felt like 17°. Just a bit nippy! I wore leggings, lined pants, a Heattech shirt, sweatshirt, North Face parka, mittens, wool hat, scarf, and snood. I was still a little chilly but I was comfortable. 

We spent the morning looking at trees, orienteering, studying animal tracks, and learning about camera traps. We were able to warm up in the student center a few times but the kids were great! It was so nice to spend a few hours outside and I finished my 10,000 steps before 11:30am!