Thursday, December 15, 2005

Ice ice, baby

Schools here are closed today due to inclement weather, which unfortunately is ice rather than the more enjoyable snow.

1. Stormy.
2. Showing no clemency; unmerciful.
"inclement." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 15 Dec. 2005.

Usually on school mornings, I have to wake and drag my seven year old from his bed at 7 am, foggy-eyed and foggy-minded. However, on weekend and school break mornings, when one could conceivably sleep in a bit, he has an uncanny knack of waking up earlier than that and wanting to get his day started immediately. He must have some internal school closing barometer, for this morning he woke at 6:30 am of his own accord and bounded into the kitchen for breakfast, all

bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
Eager and alert. The allusion here is to the appearance of a squirrel, which with its beady eyes and bushy tail looks ready for anything. [1930s]
"bright-eyed and bushy-tailed." The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992. 15 Dec. 2005.

Our plan for today involves baking peanut butter cookies, drinking hot cocoa, and watching holiday movies snuggled on the sofa while a fire burns in the fireplace.