Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Just kidding. I am finishing this column hours before Nika hurls herself onto our Hoosier roads and landscapes.
In case you hadn’t heard, the Weather Channel began naming noteworthy winter storms last year. Developed with the help of a Latin class at Bozeman High School in Montana, the 26 names are used in alphabetical order to identify strong winter storms.
Since Nika the winter snowstorm was named after the Greek goddess who personified winning or victory, I have declared my own personal Nika Day — a winning, snowed-in to-do list.
Nika Day activities:
Activity No. 1: Sleep in. Nothing personifies victory like starting out the day getting seven or eight hours of sleep. Time: 8 hours
No. 2: While brewing tea (or coffee), brave the elements to go outside and take one photo. Like the Israelites who stacked stones to remember, it will be important to remember that you survived the winter storm Nika of 2014. Time: 10 minutes or less, depending on how quickly you can locate your camera and pull on your boots.
No. 3: Write those special notes to your parents, children and friends like Joyce and Katie that you always intend on writing but never make the time. Time: 5 to 10 minutes per note — or longer; they’re worth it. Time: 10 to 60 minutes.
No. 4: Declare a two-hour moratorium on all electronics (computers, television and phones turned off) for reading time.
Have a “read aloud,” where each person reads a favorite five-minute section of the current or a favorite book then describes why it’s a favorite. Time: 2 hours.
No. 5: Game time! Pull out board games such as Life, Scattergories or Monopoly and have a game marathon. Time: 1 to 24 hours.
No. 6: Make snow bubbles (yes, they freeze), or fill six big balloons with colored water (using various food-coloring) and set them outside to freeze.
When the balloon pops after the water freezes, you’ll have huge colored marbles. Time: 10 minutes to 2 hours.
No. 7: Enjoy the people around you and call someone you know is snowbound.
I just realized that next year my two December 2013 college graduates (one soon married) and my high school senior, who’ll be away at college, won’t be enduring many more snowstorms in this household.
So I plan on loving (which often looks like taunting) them during Nika as much as possible.
I’d love to hear about your Nika winning activities.
Janet Hommel Mangas, the third of seven children, grew up on the east side of Greenwood. The Center Grove area resident and her husband are the parents of three daughters. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.