Monday, January 17, 2022

10 Ways to Make It Through a Cold, Snowy, Stormy, Covid Holiday Weekend

Looks like we’re in for a little bit of disappointment for the Martin Luther King 3-Day Weekend of 2022. I thought I might try to brighten things up a bit 10 Things You Can Do To Make It The Other Side Wasn’t Done,

To be honest, everyone and their brother thinks it’s COVID right now. Most people either do not have symptoms or have cold-like symptoms, but some people are being beaten badly. Of course, there are around 100 people hospitalized locally due to the virus and we certainly wish them well. However, let’s be honest, add to the stress of surviving COVID with sub-zero temperatures, below zero temperatures, and several inches of snow predicted to fall between Sunday afternoon and Monday night and you’ve got yourself some stress.

So, how can we make the most of what we have on hand this weekend?

First of all, we have to remember that we all chose to live here and except for COVID, it is January and this is what happens in the Mohawk Valley in January. So, suck it up everyone and take the time for my brief little exercise routine that offers 10 little ways to maneuver through this stressful weekend.

1. There’s a lot to do if you’re willing to go out into the world. The Comets are home this weekend and Utica City FC play at the Adirondack Bank Center on Sunday. The Herkimer Originals are playing at Herkimer College on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, plus Syracuse basketball plays at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the state of Florida and the Bills host the New England Patriots in a wild card ice box match at 8 p.m. Saturday night.

2. If watching games is not your thing, then get physical and play yourself. Dig in for the long haul and play a game of Monopoly or pretend you’re in The Queen’s Gambit and play a game of chess.

3. Why not watch The Queen’s Gambit series on Netflix, or any other series or movie, or something compelling on TV? Never in the history of the world has there been so much quality content to watch on television. You’ll probably never get off the couch!

4. Eat your way through the weekend. Order, order, cook it yourself or cook something with the people you are with. There are so many options for how to cook really well at home these days, and all the fun is always in the kitchen, so take advantage of this weekend getaway.

5. When I was a kid, my mom used to pack hot dogs and we would all gather and venture through the snow… only to start a small fire, a few small branches Grab the entree and cook hot dogs like you would roast marshmallows. The fire kept you warm, and the entire process from start to finish easily burned through in a few hours. The fact that it was different, and we all did it together. For older kids be prepared to complain…but once they’re talking hot in their mouths, the complaining stops. (You may want to wait until Sunday afternoon when temperatures should warm up because Saturday is about to get cooler.)

6. Have you noticed that I didn’t mention playing video games. Well, this weekend might be the perfect time to show kids and grandchildren how to play video games to parents and grandparents. If older people don’t usually play, then kids need to be told how bad they really are at gaming.

7. If you’re not worried about catching a virus, combat a cold and go outside! Whether you’re going to the casino, or heading to a local restaurant or bar, there are tons of great food and things to do this weekend.

8. The last time my wife and I had one of these long, cold, snowy weekends, we felt ambitious and tore up the carpet in our den. A week later, we had hardwood floors and, in my wife’s mind, she forced my hand to spend the money. Maybe it’s that project in the kitchen or redoing an upstairs bathroom, or some other project she’s wanted to do for months or years. I’m sure there’s a lot more to work with if you sit for 2 minutes and look around your house. Just be aware, with the COVID shortage, some home improvement products are back-ordered, so make sure there’s a new toilet available for purchase before you go to remove and stop your toilet.

9. This brings me to another fun game that we love to play. it is called, How long before someone walks up to the curb in front of your house—and loads the item you just threw into their vehicle. Remember, one man’s junk is another man’s item for sale on eBay.

10. Lastly, one more thing you can do on this cold winter weekend is to drink to get everyone excited! Well, obviously it’s not for everyone and you know your limits, but a few years ago my wife bought a whole bunch of spirits, herbs, spices, bitters, infusions, etc., and she’s after all these crazy Became a mixologist in craft cocktail recipes. I must say, some of them went down like Kool-Aid and we all had a blast. A quick warning: Be sure to make Bloody Marys for the next morning because those sweet little concoctions were far more powerful than they tasted.

Bonus item #11. Try home remedies for common hangovers. Trust me, plan “items to do” for your line-up of things to do this weekend. It just might be the best part of your cold, snowy, icy 3-day holiday weekend.

Cheers! And go Bill!

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