Just when you thought it was safe to put away the puffer, New York, in it’s true form, hits you with the unexpected.
A blizzard. Although mostly inconvenient, snow storms do bring some perks – i.e. getting to
work from home chill. We’re not suggesting that you completely drop off the radar at work – don’t want your boss to think you got swept away trying to grab wine at your local bodega – but we do advocate taking advantage of the day at home with some um, non work-related activities.
1. Cook a Makeshift Brunch with Your Roomies
Chances are you completely abandoned your Monday evening Trader Joe’s run when you discovered every person in Manhattan was fighting over the last frozen chicken tikki masala. So, if you have roomies, band together and combine all the random stuff you have in the refrigerator, and cook a makeshift brunch together. Grab some eggs, veggies (spinach, kale, broccoli, mushrooms, whatever you have), onion and cheese and make omelets! You could even make eggs in the microwave. If you don’t have eggs, make some “gourmet” toasts – think almond butter with bananas and honey or avocado with tomato and pepper.
2. Stream a Workout
If you’re bummed that you’ll be missing your morning Soul Cycle class, try streaming a workout from a site like Qinetic. You can pick from a variety of classes taught by top trainers – so whether you’re into HIIT workouts, or prefer Pilates, you can still get your sweat on in the comfort of your own apartment.
3. Indulge in a “Spa Day”
Put all the beauty product samples you’ve been hoarding to good use, and pamper yourself. Do a face mask, lather on that deep conditioning treatment or give yourself a mani/pedi. At the very least, you can take a hot bath and shave your legs – we know that’s been on everyone’s to-do list.
4. Organize Your Closet (or your life)
It might not be the most exciting snow day activity, but you’ll feel really refreshed after few hours of organizing. Clean out your closet, bag up all the clothes you don’t wear anymore and sell them this weekend at Crossroads or Buffalo Exchange. Make a few bucks AND clear out the junk! Win, win. If your closet is already in pristine condition, cross some personal items off your list that never seem to get done – i.e. do your taxes, do some research on how to invest your money, pay your credit card bills, plan your next vacation, etc.
5. Call Your Family
Use your rare available daytime hours to catch up with family members or college friends! Call your grandma, and tell her alllll about the snow, or Facetime your sorority sister, and get the lowdown on her new boyfriend.
6. Start a New Show
You didn’t think we’d end this list without TV suggestions, did you? Obviously, the easiest (and coziest) thing to do on a snow day is binge watch a show, and we have recommendations for every non-cable owning New Yorker.
HBO Go – Big Little Lies. Ok, so we don’t know if this counts as a binge since there are only 4 episodes out, but it’s something worth getting addicted to. This dark comedy tells the tale of three mothers of first graders, whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Plus, it stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. Hulu – The Path. The Path follows a family at the center of a controversial cult movement as they struggle with relationships, faith and power. Netflix – Bloodline. The black sheep son of a respected family threatens to expose dark secrets from their past, and sibling loyalties are put to the test. Amazon – The Royals. Set in modern-day England, The Royals follows the lives of a fictional British Royal family that inhabits a world of opulence and regal tradition catering to any and every desire – a world that also comes with a price tag of duty, destiny and intense public scrutiny.
7. Dive into a Podcast
Check out a list of our faves here.
8. Get Busy (in the bedroom)
Live with your SO, or within (safe) walking distance? Between conference calls, heat things up between the sheets. You’ll stay warm while enjoying some quality time together – and don’t forget the added benefit of a cardio workout!