When Stephens President Dianne Lynch called a snow day last Thursday, I kinda got excited.
I haven’t had a “snow day” since high school. Granted, when Old Man Winter dumped 15 inches on us in 2006 and 20-plus on us in 2011, I called in and worked from home–but not without guilt gnawing at me all day. Not only because other reporters walked/hitched rides on snow plows/etc. to work but because my hubby, who did have a legit snow day, did not understand why I could not join him in front of the TV rather than working on my computer.
I actually used to really enjoy writing weather-related stories but then one day my editor (hi Lora [not that she’s reading this]) told me I couldn’t use cutesy phrases like “Old Man Winter dumped snow” or “Gee, Mother Nature was sure in a bad mood today.”
My snow day didn’t go as planned. I spent most of the afternoon worrying about how my husband was going to get home and attempting an egg-free cookie recipe (that went really, really badly).
So Friday, when Jack Frost was still causing all sorts of problems and Stephens took another snow day, I wasn’t all that excited. I appreciate being safe and off the roads, but frankly, I’d rather be at Stephens.
While I was stuck watching bad TV and gaining weight, some of our extremely talented Stephens students were in New York City entertaining audiences at the Jazz Standard.
I don’t know if I’ve told you about the Velvetones, but these ladies are amazing. I had a chance to hear the a cappella group perform at a MLK Day event on campus and at the Queen of Hearts concert. (I also sent my hubby a Velvetone valentine via e-mail but unfortunately he didn’t forward it to me like I asked.)
Anyway, it’s hard to describe how talented they are, so listen for yourself. (I thought “Winter Wonderland” would be appropriate):
In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed that Mother Nature cheers up a little this week.