Math = Love: The Aftermath of Cleon

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Aftermath of Cleon

(This blog post has been setting in my drafts for a while.  We've had multiple snow and ice adventures since I started writing this!)

I can't believe I still haven't written about our recent snow and ice adventure here in Oklahoma.  This was all thanks to winter storm Cleon.  Have they been naming winter storms forever, or is this something new?  Because I don't recall ever hearing the meteorologist refer to a winter storm by name before.

I'm not sure how much snow we got here in Drumright, but it was enough to cover the ground in a beautiful layer of white.  Here's what it looked like in my backyard.  

My Backyard
We ended up missing three days of school.  It started sleeting Thursday afternoon.  By the time I left work on Thursday, the windshield of my car had started to ice over.  And, there was white stuff falling from the sky.  We were out of school Friday.  Saturday night, it snowed some more.  And, we were out Monday and Tuesday.  Some school districts in this area of the state missed five or six days.

When it started to melt, this gigantic icicle formed outside my back door.  I was so impressed with its size that I had to take a picture.

Gigantic Icicle
Honestly, I was ready for a snow day.  I just needed a few days off from school for rest and relaxation.  My snow break actually started off productive.  I laminated some posters that I printed off way back in August...

Laminating Posters
I also thought ahead and brought home my grading to do.  I had planned on getting caught up on my grading over Thanksgiving Break, but that didn't end up working out.  I thought I would go up to school on Black Friday to pick up my grading.  Well, the janitors thought it would be the perfect time to re-wax the second floor.  So, my classroom was off-limits.  Though I wanted to get caught up, I wasn't too heart-broken.

Papers to Grade
I was able to enjoy my Christmas tree while grading papers.  I don't have a big Christmas tree, but I love it.  It's actually a vintage Christmas tree from the sixties.  I made the angel tree topper when I was in kindergarten.
My Christmas Tree
After a while, I started having withdrawals from school, math, and society in general.  By the time we returned to school, I had spent 5 days and 15 hours trapped in my house without face-to-face contact with another human being.  That's enough to make you insane.  Or, make you take all the clothes out of your closet and sort them by sleeve length and then color.  Or, make you reorganize your bookshelves so all the math books are on one bookshelf.  Or, make you start drawing pi symbols on your toaster strudel with the icing.  

Pi Symbol on Toaster Strudel


  1. Oh my word, I LOVE this posts!
    As a mom with four boys and a husband, I would love be trapped alone for 5 days and 15 hours by myself.
    I am not sure I'd be so productive though. (definitely not sleeve length, maybe color, but not sleeve length) bahahahaa!

    Hodges Herald

    1. I can imagine you would enjoy the alone time! The first three days of alone time were actually heavenly for me. I was productive and unproductive at the same time. I would do a project that I had been putting off around my house or organize something. Then, I would read a few chapters of a book or watch a tv show. And, I kept repeating this process. The fourth day was okay. I was starting to run out of "fun" projects. The fifth day, though, was when I started to lose my mind. I've always thought of myself as an introvert, but I NEED to be around people. Definitely not all of the time, but at least SOME of the time. :)

      I can definitely mark hermit off my list of things to possibly become some day.