Baby, it’s cold outside.

I had dreams all last night about school being delayed or not delayed. In one of the dreams, I checked the county’s website for closing information only to find it pink (for Valentine’s Day? I guess?) and covered in weather maps. I woke up very confused . . . so was school delayed or canceled or what? What exactly does a pink website mean? Oh, that was a dream, you say. It’s only 2:30 in the morning. I went back to sleep and had further dreams of school closings and delays, waking an hour later because Big Bunny was rustling around her cage. She got some celery at 3:30 in the morning. My plan to be her favorite parent is totally working.

I slept downstairs last night because . . . wait for it . . . there is still something a little bit wrong with our heat upstairs. You guys, I have tried to spare you the saga of our broken heat/AC situation, because one time when our AC was broken (IN AUGUST), I was accused of complaining a lot. And, honestly, it’s way easier for me when it’s too cold than when it’s too hot. This is North Carolina, after all. Our hots are much hotter than our colds. But I have been keeping mum about it. Take that, person who thought I was complaining too much! I have totally been rolling with the punches! I am assured that our heat should be finally and completely fixed today, and for once I actually believe that that might be the case. Meanwhile, I am staying downstairs.

Anyway, I slept downstairs last night because our upstairs heat is not the warmest and Mike got stuck in Greensboro because of the snow. So it’s just the ladies here today. I piled blankets on the couch and put on my fleece pants and had a very comfy time.

Of course I don’t mind a snow day in the least. I am going to do some reading for my classes and sit under my big blankets and hope that the man comes to fix the upstairs heat. And since I don’t seem to have the knack of our new coffeepot (unless “knack” equals “coffee all over the counter.” Twice), I will be drinking hot tea today. And I guess I have to watch Pride and Prejudice (required snow day viewing) by myself. (The roads will be fine for Mike to get home this afternoon. It’s just that he’s gone into school to do lesson plans while I opted to stay home.)

The only thing I am a little bit disappointed about is that it’s Valentine’s Day. And, in the true spirit of my high school years, I had planned to wear all black today. (Further cementing my awesome status with the nerdy artsy outcast kids. They are flocking to me. I am their one true leader. It’s totally my favorite.) I guess that will have to wait until next year. But it was totally going to be awesome.

There will be even more awesome with tomorrow’s attire, however. I don’t want to spoil it for you. Let’s just say that there’s a dance at Mike’s school tomorrow night. A dance with a theme. And I will be wearing my costume all day long. (Perhaps that will cement my status with the theater kids? We shall have to see.)

In the spirit of alienating other people, which is what I believe Valentine’s Day is actually about, I will give you today’s reason that Mike and Kari are cuter than you: Mike and I have been trying to carpool a few times a week to save the environment. And now that it’s not pitch-black at 6:45 in the morning, we have been reading The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh out loud on our morning commute. Take that, Valentine’s Day! We don’t need a holiday to be completely adorable!

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