The Real Reason I Don’t Bake on Snow Days

Recently we’ve been having really cold weather. No matter how high the heat is or how many layers you wear you always feel a chill going through you.

During this time DS3 was sick. It started with a fever and then by the next morning he was complaining that his throat hurt. I took him to the doctor and it turned out that he had strep. We got him antibiotics which he declared would be “disgusting”. (Bear in mind he just turned 5). I got nervous- like he needs to take this medicine, how on earth can I trick/ bribe him into taking it for 10 days??

Luckily he ended up liking it so much that now he begs me for that delicious pink juice.

So, basically I was home with him for two days. Then when I was ready to return to work there were storm warnings all over the place. I hadn’t been to work all week, but why bother going into the office if my train is running late and it would take me hours to get home?

Which brings me to the topic at hand: snow days. Kids love em. Me? Not so much.

I’m very fortunate to have remote access to my work, but this means that no matter what the weather is I am expected to work as usual – even if my kids are home with me fighting in the background.

Snow days are sometimes great and at other times the most stressful time ever. If they fall out on days I don’t have deadlines and a ton of conference calls, then great. I can enjoy them too. If I’m not as lucky, then it makes me wish I was at work without all the distractions.

And this brings me to my next point. Baking on snow days. When did this become a thing? Now when I go on Facebook after a snow day I am bombarded with pictures of homemade cookies, cakes and challahs.

I instantly get upset that my snow day wasn’t as productive and we didn’t have family bonding time like everyone else. Then I look for people who also had to work to make myself feel better.

But the question begs to be asked: if I didn’t work, would I really spend my day off baking cookies?

Let’s face it. I don’t really like to cook and I would venture to say I don’t really like to bake either. I’m not so firm on those opinions mostly because I haven’t really done much of either. I’ve never tried to follow a hard recipe and I mostly blame it on the fact that I work long hours and don’t have time for it. But after this last snow day I really think that I might just be using work as an excuse.

It seems that since most people love to cook and bake I don’t want to be the one to say, “No. That is not enjoyable”. Instead I just get frustrated when I don’t have the opportunity. But we all know the truth- if you really want to do something you make time for it.

I make time for blogging. I make time for watching YouTube videos. I would be capable of making time to cook and bake if I really wanted to.

Until next time,