The Texas panhandle has been lashed by some wintry-type weather during the last couple of weeks. We hit some record lows (in the -5 degree range) with -20 to -30 wind chills. We’ve had plenty of snow, too.
However, the weather was never bad enough for the university to consider shutting down — until this past Wednesday. Parts of our area had white-out conditions Tuesday night, it was bitterly cold, and the snow quickly turned into dangerous ice by Wednesday morning. Travel was going to be treacherous, and around 5:30 that morning, word came that the university had closed.
Faced with the prospect of not having to go to the office that day, I ate some breakfast and then almost immediately got to work (in my recliner, admittedly). I got ahead on some classroom reading. I organized some digital files. I started collecting data on a research paper that I’d been meaning to begin for the past week.
It’s amazing how much work you can accomplish when you don’t actually have to go to work.
And I’m not the only one who thinks this way. I saw people’s Facebook status updates throughout the day detailing how many papers they got graded or how much reading they were able to do. Some of these people are fellow professors; others are students.
Those who know me, though, won’t be surprised to read that I did get to the office later that evening for a live training webinar on social media. It was totally worth it.
As an added bonus, I discovered that plowing willy-nilly through an almost-empty parking lot full of several inches of snow is quite fun. We southerners don’t get that kind of opportunity very often, you know.