Snowflakes, hello! You made it through one of the worst work weeks of the whole year! Congratulations! Welcome to your FRIDAY OPEN THREAD, the safest/funnest place on the internet to cuddle up, complain, commiserate, check-in, cheer and chat. That was a lot of C-words.
Babies, it’s cold outside. I stepped out on my front porch with a wet head to get the mail last night and by the time I got back inside, my hairs were crunchy like ice. This is my first full winter in New York City, and it’s very different than winters in Georgia. For one thing, Georgia has central heating everywhere and people drive cars, so basically you’re just going from warm place to warm place with little bursts of cold in-between. But New York, whooo boy. No central heating. You walk and ride your bike everywhere, for blocks and miles. And you can’t stock up on like a months’ worth of groceries from Costco and Trader Joe’s because cabinets and closets and refrigerators are so small. (Last weekend I made my girlfriend throw away like 30 containers of half-eaten ice cream so we’d have room for frozen vegetables and I wouldn’t have to keep running out to the store every ten seconds.)
Also, there is more snow here. Much more snow. It’s been snowing on-and-off all week. It seems like most New Yorkers hate the snow, probably because they have to commute in it and by the time it’s been on the ground for a couple of hours it’s covered in road grit and dog pee. But I work from home and have been obsessed with snow my whole life, so I’m not over the magic of it. I went tromping around Central Park for several hours in the fresh snow earlier this week. Everything was pretty and there weren’t many people out at all — but the best part was I kind of stalked this whole pack of snow dogs around for like an hour. “Kind of.”
ANYWAY. So my main plan this weekend is to stay inside for 100 percent of the time. Probably a lot of y’all will be doing that as well on account of the subzero temperatures and being exhausted from having to interact with your co-workers for a full week again. That means movies, movies, movies, right? I want to know your go-to Snow Day movies, the ones you can watch over and over and over, and even though you can quote the whole thing by heart, it still gives you so much joy to watch it. Do you like movies that make you guffaw? Movies that let you check-out, emotionally? Movies that let you have a good, cathartic cry? Streaming, DVD, or Blu-Ray? (Or even a VCR?!)
My five go-to snow day movies are:
+ The Cutting Edge “Toe pick!”
+ Mean Girls “SHE DOESN’T EVEN GO HERE!”
+ Groundhog Day “This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.”
+ Troop Beverly Hills “Gather ’round you friends of mine, we’re Wilderness Girls and its cookie time.”
+ Pride and Prejudice “I wonder who first discovered the power of poetry in driving away love?”
Okay, now you tell me yours! And post some photos of your snow in the comments!
How To Post A Photo In The Comments:
1. Find a photo! This is the easy part. Find a photo on the web, right click (on a Mac, control+click), hit “Copy Image URL” and then…
2. Code it into your comment! Use the following code, and use a DIRECT LINK to the image. Your image link should end in .JPG or .GIF or .PNG or .CallMeWhateverYouWant even. I don’t care, but it should be an image suffix! KINDA LIKE THIS:
How To Post A Video In The Comments, Too:
1. Find a video on YouTube or Vimeo or WHATEVER and click “embed.” Copy that code, but first make sure it’s for 640 px wide or less. If your player is too large, it will not display properly.
2. Copy the code and paste it directly into your comment.
3. Go forth and jam.