a foot of new snow fell last night, giving us our first school snow day of the year. This was taken through the finger hole I made through the wall of snow on our deck railing. It was a beautiful, but fuurrreeeeezing day. I couldn't bring myself to force the kids outside and shoveled on my own, leading to that end of the day self-loathing when I deem myself a mother falling way short in the building gritty character department. Just sit back, enjoy your jello snow cone, and watch your parents do all the work. Whoops, my jubilatory attitude is slipping on some icy, cold pessimism.