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  1. Nap time & snow days are definitely needed in adulthood. I also wish more companies were flexible about time off, not having to worry about making hours line up exactly or if a situation is severe enough to cash out a valued day off would be much less stressful and promote better work ethic (although many companies seem to be transitioning to this type of system).

    • I think the pendulum goes both ways on this. For example, there are a handful of companies I’m aware of that have begun making the extra investment to buy all their employees laptops as their computer. The expectation is that the laptop will allow them the ability to work from home easier in the case of a snowstorm/flooding/etc, but it’s also a subconscious prompt to cause their employees to work from home more. I’d love to see a study done on this concept.

  2. Yes, adults need snow days too! There have been days where the roads have been too icy to drive on, so why should we risk injury just to get to work? If it’s too dangerous to go to school then it’s too dangerous to go to work as well!

    • Most of the days schools have been closed around here recently have been for extreme cold (wind chills in the -15F to -35F range, actual temperatures in the -5F to -20F range). Some schools have been closed 5 of the last 10 days. Workplaces don’t even bat an eye at the cold.

  3. You should just move to the South. Down here, we get a couple inches and EVERYTHING SHUTS DOWN. Even the Navy didn’t have to show up for half of the last 2 weeks…they were on “essential personnel only.” One day I wanted a haircut and I traveled 2.5 miles in a radius around my apartment, trying 8 or 10 different places…all closed.

    It’s insane. I thought we were wimpy in Oregon, but we looked like superheroes compared to these people.

    Also, yes, I want naptime. I want it very very much.

    • Schools around here were closing left and right because of the cold, but snow doesn’t impact us much. In the Snow Belt, we scoff at a foot of snow (well, businesses do).

  4. I’ll second Jill’s assertion that you should move to the south. My city pretty much goes into survival mode at the threat of even a couple of inches of snow.

    Over the past couple of weeks, my workplace was shut down for a day, opened late once or twice, and closed at 10:30 am one day. Granted, we don’t know how to drive in snow down here and we’re always going off into ditches and causing mass chaos, but hey. We usually get a snow day every once in awhile.

    • I know that a good portion of my dad’s family (which lives in Kentucky) had a similar last few weeks as you did. I could deal with the random winter closings, but I really don’t like the heat that bubbles up in the summers. I already can’t stand heat in Ohio, so I can’t imagine I’d fare much better south of the Mason-Dixon line.

      • Yeaaaah, summers can be brutal. Especially August. I honestly don’t think I could live much further south or much further north than I do currently. If I ever get rich, I’ll probably do that thing where I have a house in the north and then have a house in Florida that I go to for all the cold months.

        • I could live further north easily. Buffalo, Calgary, Seattle, and Minneapolis are all cities I’ve considered living in at various points, and I think I’d be happy in at least three of the four. I’ve tried living further south…sort of. It was Phoenix, which is definitely further south than Ohio, but it’s a whole other weather beast altogether.

  5. I’m with you on the snow days. We’ve had a few this year where we got between 2-4 feet of snow over the span of a morning, and while everyone else stayed home, I had to drive in it… and clear my car… several times over. *sigh*

    • While I know that my office wasn’t the only place open during the recent snow/cold here, I will say that traffic is significantly less than normal on those days.

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