Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What It's Live in Iowa in the Winter.

This is my last post that was rejected. Now it's your turn to send them in.

What It's Like to Live in Small Town Iowa in Winter

It's winter. For many people this means snow--a little, or a lot. In Iowa, it means a lot. Especially this past month. With all this snow, what can you do?

1. Shop: If you can brave through the snow, you can drive to Wall Mart--that's all we have. If you don't want to go to Wall Mart, the next town is 30 miles away.

2. Swim: We are the only pool or rec center within 100 miles with both an indoor and outdoor pool. So, even when it's cold, we can still swim.

3. Play in the snow: When the snow starts to melt and pack, you can build a snowman, snow dog, or snow dinosaur. You could make snow angels. If you forget to wear snow pants, you can warm up by making hot cocoa, which leads me to #4.

4. Make hot cocoa: Heat milk, add chocolate powder, stir, add marshmallows, and enjoy. If you want it a little different, stir with a peppermint stick, add chocolate chips, add peanut butter, or make it extra creamy.

5. Shovel the snow: When the snow is 1 foot deep with ice on top, it's really heavy, so it's actually a good work out (unless you use a snow blower), so you can burn off the calories you gained from the hot cocoa. But if you are really into the "work out," you're in luck. We'll get another foot tomorrow.

6. Use a computer: As long as the ice doesn't knock down the power lines, you can use electricity and internet. Unless you live on my block, then the trees or ice will always fall on the power cords and you will be without power--or Sparknotes. *gasp* You can then get on Facebook, Myspace, etc. and tell your friends about your adorable snow puppy.

7. Get on Sparknotes: This is related to the last one, but more specific. You could write a blog, take quizzes, or just read the posts and guides.

8. Read: As long as you have light, you can read a book. Then if you really like it, you could write a post about it for Sparklife. Then I have something to read when I'm snowed in.

9. Watch TV: If you have cable/satellite, you have a few to a thousand channels to pick from. I'm sure you can find something to watch. However, if you are like me and you don't have satellite, cable, or anything, get several DVDs--or if you still know what a VHS is and have a VCR, get VHSs. Then you can have a marathon of watching movies. I usually have a Star Trek marathon since I have almost every single one ever made.

10. Basketball games Pep band: The season is almost over, but my school has one of the best pep bands in southwest Iowa. (college band directors have said this about us; we really do have a good band because we have a good conductor) If you don't like basketball, watch the band. It's the only reason I go to games....but I'm in band and therefore required to go.

11. Go out to eat: Some of my favorite places to eat in my town are Little China, El Jimador (Mexican), Breadeaux (Pizza), and Cronk's Cafe (has a dinner buffet and also a breakfast buffet where you can make your own Belgium waffles and omelets).

There really isn't too much to do in this small town Iowa in winter, but there are plenty of things you can do at home.

What do you do in the winter?

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