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Avoid snomageddon boredom


1) Go urban snowboarding. Don't know what that is? Watch this video. All you need is a SUV, a sled or snowboard, some rope and a lack of commonsense. (Seriously, I am not saying this is safe to do. Or that you should actually do it.)

2) Place bets on if school will be canceled tomorrow. And Thursday. And Friday. And next week.

3) Pretend you are on an episode of The Amazing Race. Venture from your home, wait for the Metro system to shut down and then try to get anywhere. Good luck!

4) Cook a gourmet meal in your dorm microwave. will teach you how to cook a rotisserie chicken, scalloped potatoes and an amaretto swirl cheesecake, all in the magic box sitting on top of your mini-fridge.

5) Study. Get a head-start on those projects and papers due right before spring break. Hahaha -- just kidding.

6) Watch Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" music video over and over. Memorize her moves until you can dance like a little monster.

7) Go for a walk through the monuments.

8) Take photos of anything and everything that is covered with snow. Shoot videos of you doing anything and everything in the snow. Post them on Facebook or e-mail them to all of your friends who live somewhere else with long narratives about how historic this snowstorm has been -- and is going to continue to be. Use ALL CAPS when writing words like CRAZY and EPIC.

9) Take a practice LSAT. Who knows, maybe you will learn you are really good at analytical reasoning.

10) Clean out your Facebook profile. Delete old photos, especially ones from before you lost all that weight. Review your groups and decide if you really still want to be a fan of Tiger Woods and John Edwards. De-friend anyone you don't know or don't want to know any more. Split your remaining friends into a handful of groups (like best friends, fake friends, co-workers, bosses, family, ex-es, etc) and set different privacy levels for each group.

11) Try to build a snow creature that is cooler than the ones in this Twitpic. Thanks to @DailyProgress and @UVaDeanJ, who posted it on Twitter.

12) Create a recipe for a snOMG-tini. It's a mixed drink created with whatever you happen to have in your kitchen. Who says pineapple juice, ketchup and vodka don't go together?

13) Sign up for a Netflix membership. Then instantly start watching the entire season of a television show on your computer. The selection isn't huge (and sadly, doesn't include The Wire, Entourage or Mad Men), but it's better than venturing through the snow to a picked-over Blockbuster. I recommend Weeds, 30 Rock or Californication.

14) Host a huge house party. Make sure everyone brings a sleeping bag, bottled water and a flashlight.

15) Apply for summer internships. Check out or follow The Post's @dcinternjobs for ideas.

16) Plan a spring break trip. Or plan a dream spring break trip you wish you could take.

17) Come up with the next top-trending snow hashtag on Twitter. The classics: #snomg, #snomageddon, #snoverkill,#snowpocalypse, #snoverit and #SnotoriousBIG. Some that I have seen popping up: #snoverwhelming, #snonlyinDC, #SnolyMoly, #sludgementday, #Snowzilla, #snowshock and #clusterflake.

18) Have another snowball fight. Yeah, it never gets old.

19) Or stay safe and inside. Watch the dozens of YouTube videos from the Dupont Circle snowball fight on Saturday.

20) Bake cookies and bring them to me at the Post, located at 1150 15th Street NW. My favorites are white chocolate chunk. (Just kidding, journalistic ethics forbid reporters from accepting gifts from readers. Sigh.)

21) Read a book. Top sellers on college campuses last month included "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown, "Superfreakonomics" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, "Eclipse" by Stephenie Meyer, "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger, "Precious" by Sapphire, and "What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures" by Malcolm Gladwell.

22) Check out my new favorite D.C. foodie blog, Modern Domestic. Try some of Jenna's fabulous snowpocalypse recipes, like gingerbread cookies, Guiness bread or winter citrus cupcakes.

23) Go all Martha Stewart and make your own Valentines. Here are her instructions for making Valentines that double as bookmarks. Not sure what mushy message to write? Just borrow phrases from Mark Sanford's love letters.

24) Search the dorms for a Valentine's Day date. (Note, you are only allowed to do this if you live in the dorms.)

25) Marvel at the New York Time's Netflix queue map. Pretend like you really didn't know different parts of the city had different tastes in movies.

26) Design stuff. Like your own Converse sneakers or MINI convertible.

27) Bookmark The Post's new higher education page. Shameless plug? You betcha.

28) Actually use those food staples you stood in line for two hours to buy. The Post's All We Can Eat blog features a bunch of recipes that use bread, eggs and milk.

29) Organize your digital photos on your computer. Write captions, share with friends and order prints of frame-able pics online.

30) Identify your student body president. Complain about something. Like parking. They never get complaints about parking.

31) Be a good Samaritan. Help strangers dig their cars out of the snow. Volunteer to shovel a driveway. Invite those without power to crash on your couch.

32) Find a neighborhood bar that is open. The blog We Love DC had a long list of places that were open during the last storm. Call first to make sure they didn't wimp out. Make sure to tip well.

33) Pull out boardgames like Scrabble, Monopoly or (my favorite) Scattergories. Invite your friends over for an old-school game night. Or learn how to play a new card game.

34) Learn how to mix the perfect martini. Trust me, it's a life skill everyone should have -- but one that takes lots of trial and error.

35) Sleep! Go to bed early. Sleep in late. Take naps.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  February 9, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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Wonderful ideas! I can't wait to use some of them especially since it looks like i'll be snowed in for awhile here in VA! :(

Posted by: kaitlinbledsoe | February 9, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

This was hilarious!

Posted by: cmsiv | February 10, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

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