It's freezing outside.
There's ice on your neighborhood's roads.
There's no school.
You can work from home - or maybe not work at all.
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But there is plenty you can do, even in one frigid day.
Call it your ice bucket list.
What should you accomplish before tomorrow sends us back to work and school?
Crunch some frozen stuff under your feet.
Make someone a cup of hot chocolate.
Draw your name in the front yard (with hot water, silly.)
If you're from a Northern state, annoy someone by telling them how winter was much more wintry where you grew up.
If you're from a Southern state, reminder your Northern stater how he or she clings to the air conditioning the moment the thermometer hits 90.
Remember those who cannot take warmth for granted. Give money today to an agency that brings food or clothing or a place to stay to those who need it most on weeks like this.
Earn your hot chocolate: Take at least one bumpy, icy sled ride with your children.
Do NOT cite the quarter-inch of ice as evidence that global warming is a hoax.
If you've ever criticized local schools or government for iffy weather choices, give credit today to the school district that canceled classes early and wisely, to the trucks that brined the roads, to the police and fire and emergency personnel who tended to everyone the icy roadways snared.
Check the February snowfall for any city in New England. It will be on the ground until April. Check the temperatures for Charlotte. The ice will be gone by 5.
Peter St. Onge