Monday, January 27, 2014

Snow Brain



Things are all askew around here.
I'm not saying they're bad.

I'm just saying yesterday Silas and Ruby played, full clothed, for an hour, in a bathtub full of water balloons.With permission.

I'm saying we took our kids to Target in a raging snow-storm when they should have been in bed.
I'm saying we're a little desperate. A tinge over-cooped.
I'm saying they canceled school - again - and I've lost my will to craft. I'm not sure where that leaves us.

Are you tired of me talking about the weather?
Well, I'm tired of living the weather.
Except for the secret fact that...I sorta love it.

I feel positively mountainous. A true survival girl. Like I could strap on some snow-shoes and track an elk, or fire up a smoke signal with nothing but my bare hands and flinty resolve.

Cory and I caught a lucky hour in the coffee shop yesterday, just before it "closed early due to weather". We walked through the city streets for a solid two minutes, entombed on all sides, the air sharp and cold-scented. If I squinted my eyes just a little, I was a pioneer in a red puffy coat. I had muscular calves and wild hair. My lips were the color of cranberries and just as juicy, because dang, those pioneer ladies could rock the bare-faced look.

Don't tell anyone in my city or even the Midwest I said this, but I'm loving the suspense. I'm glued to our faux "weather" channel, where all they do is play elevator music and show a 30-second pre-taped update on a loop. It's bitterly cold out there... Winds will be picking up... Roads will be treacherous... I already know these things, but our local meteorologist is the bell and I'm the dog and I just keep coming back.

Saturday I realized, with only the quickest jab of regret or shame, that I've fully, yet unintentionally, surrendered to this new sort of living where shoes and alarm clocks were born to die and Huckle Cat is practically one of the family. It's happened, and I'm not sure how to unhappen it.

All I know is to keep walking toward the light, which in this case happens to be my down comforter, my favorite hoodie, and waffles. Or stew. Or left-over cake.
 
Last night, I rediscovered a bowl of Peanut Butter Cheerios, a clementine, and a sucks-you-in hardback as the height of luxury. This morning, I dined on a glazed doughnut in bed.

I've scrubbed every crevice of my lawless kitchen in potent vinegar water and made an entire Olive Garden knock-off meal too late in the day. I've read Skippyjon with all the voices swept the floor one hundred eighty times.

Our rhythms are wonky, the metronome of our existence all buggered up by the "dangerous" wind chill, no doubt.

Hours and minutes have lost their meaning.

We're stretching the limits of our imaginations and our good sense, slipping down that slope of stagnation and frustration and landing in...bliss? Is that what this is?

Maybe the snow will melt and the air will stop kicking us in the face. Maybe.
But not tomorrow and not even Tuesday.

This is the world we live in, folks. And from where I'm sitting, we may be stuck here forever, or at least for days, which in a small house with little kids in January is the same thing as forever.

This is the end.

Might as well go down with a smile, carb-loaded and cozy.


42 comments:

  1. We are in your same snowy boat in No. IL. School canceled yet again, trapped in the house yet again and like you have said.... I've lost my will to craft or do much else creative. We are in survival mode. You are not alone.

    Jamie

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  2. I feel so lonely in near 80 temps...seriously, I would love some winter weather.

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  3. And with this quote, I am certain we are kindred spirits.... "Might as well go down with a smile, carb-loaded and cozy"

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  4. As I tromped off to the kitchen last nigt @ 7:23 i declared that the official dinner/supper of snow days is homemade chocolate chip cookies. All told, I may have eaten 7 cookies yesterday. I kinda have a belly ache now, and my layers of tights & leggings are pinching, no strangling my waistline.
    my craft ("crafty crap") as my husband and teenagers call it is strewn all over the dining room table, and there it shall rest until i'm crafted out. given that my work has not closed nearly as much as our kids' school, i can only craft evenings/weekends, and the sewing machine was so dusty I nearly contracted asthma just threading the bobbin.

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  5. You crack me up and I love reading Skippy Jon Jones with voices! I am in Northern West Virginia…in the mountains and we haven't had school much since Christmas either. As A retired school teacher, I still get as excited as the kids!

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  6. I think of you every time they talk about the crazy weather out there. I love watching the weather too, even though I'm not living in it and heading for Phoenix today for the next 4 months. I admit I hate winter. But when I lived in North Carolina I was just the same as you are when it comes to crazy weather. I loved it! Hope you find something fun to keep you all entertained over the next few days!

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  7. You know the weather is crazy when they're predicting snow... in HOUSTON! Gah!

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  8. So for a stay-at-home-mom do we get snow days too? My husband is working from home, the local schools are canceled. I'm wondering does this mean I get to curl up on the couch with my down blanket, pug and books too? Maybe I'll throw in a few loads of laundry. It's my "need to be productive, but actually am going to be lazy" chore.

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  9. Okay since you are snowed in let me share my latest discovery (you probably already know about it): chicken tortilla soup.
    Chicken
    Garlic
    Onion
    Chicken broth
    Carrots
    Celery
    Rotel
    Corn

    Top w cheese avocado and chips w a squeeze of lime
    Bam! It's what is for breakfast

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    1. Gimme.
      Be right over.

      Also, thank you for refraining from talking about the sunny CA skies. :)

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    2. I am PISSED about the CA skies. It is a horrific drought and my worry over next years crops often eclipse my enjoyment of the 75 degree days we've been having. Pray for rain!!!!

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  10. May I suggest Duolingo.com? Choose yourself a second language and level up daily. It's fun!
    Freerice.com for words and feeding the hungry...also fun.
    I miss Skippyjon who got soaked in our basement flood a few years ago. Mice and beans LOL LOL!!

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  11. Fill the bathtub with snow and let the kids play!

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  12. Fill the bathtub with snow and let the kids play!

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  13. We're with you. I don't need all ten fingers to tell you how many days my kids have been in school since the week before Christmas. And February is closing in. This January will be one to remember for sure. The January when my daughters played baby orangutans FOR HOURS. When the Legos were looking tired from being handled so much.

    My seven year old and six year old sons just came to me and said "Mom, we're going to take a nap." They haven't napped in years. I don't even know what's happening here anymore. It's crazytown under our roof. But I love it, or at least continually reminding myself to love it. Because for now, they're trapped here with dear old mom. Soon they'll be gone, grown up and out in the world somewhere and I'll be missing this never-ending January.

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  14. My son is a music teacher up there. I know he is about to go nuts. First time I have ever heard him say he is tired of no school.

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  15. I'm all about being carb-loaded, no matter the weather.

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  16. The weather man is calling for snow tomorrow here in Atlanta... I'm kinda hoping he's right. But only for tomorrow. Too many days inside makes this momma cray-to-the-zee! And another super easy recipe for ya...
    In your crock pot (with a liner b/c why wash if you don't have to?), put in chicken breasts (or tenders or whatever boneless skinless chick ya have on hand) with a jar of grocery store brand salsa. That's it. No need for anything else. Simmer on low all day and you've got Mexican shredded chicken just like at the restaurant! And your house will smell all kinds of wonderful like you've been slaving away over the stove all day! ;-) Enjoy as tacos or quesadillas or nachos or straight outta the crock pot!

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  17. Embrace the extra carbs. I was just telling my hubby how sad I am for you guys STUCK with all the snow. Texas may need to get with the program and pick a season (flip-flopping daily between 70 and 30), but the constant freeze must be horrid.

    Make some of these donuts! They'll cheer ya right up. http://www.thislifeabundant.com/glazed-blueberry-buttermilk-donuts/

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  18. I recently came across your blog (From pinterest? I think so.) And I had to tell you that I just love your writing. I live in Wisconsin and am enjoying lovely cold weather as you seem to be. No school today and tomorrow.... negative 30 wind chills.... 4 kids home with me :) Anyway, I put a movie on for my boys and sent my girls upstairs to play and just read 5 of your posts (from the links on your side) You made me laugh and brightened my day - thank you! (Oh, and I have a case of serious furniture envy from all your fun old furniture! Love it!)

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  19. "Snowed in" again here too (actually, no new snow, just so dang cold that they cancelled school)... made monkey bread, watched Little House (talk about perspective), painted my coffee table, thought about making a batch of no bake cookies for the second time in a week... takes a lot for this hardcore introvert homebody to go stir crazy, but there ARE 4 kids at home ALL the TIME.

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  20. Carb loaded and cozy is really the only way to live. Or so I tell all of my paleo friends.

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  21. Did you ever consider writing a book? Your words with descriptions that jump out of the pages awaken all my senses! I am so happy I found your blog a year or so ago,

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  22. I loved your post ! LOL Everyone is sick of winter ... or at least this brutal winter! Keep on keepin on............we'll all have grateful hearts when SPRING arrives :)

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  23. I clearly must be missing the recipe to that luscious chocolate dessert you pictured...it is cruel and inhumane punishment to post such a photo and not disclose the recipe. Please tell me that my eyes are just overtired and the link does exist in your post. PLEASE! From a fellow house bounder!

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    1. All I know is, it was a raspberry brownie from The Electric Brew.
      I'm no help!!
      And yes, it was delish.

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  24. I am with you! I texted someone tonight "my kids are so bored....they are actually playing together." :) I am secretly loving it as well.

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  25. Few people understand my (angst is perhaps a bit strong) longing for a dose of real winterwinter up here in the Pacific NW after growing up on the plains. The other night on the news, they were showing pictures of snowplows and blowing snow and bundled up people and my dearest, who has live here all his life asked "you really don't miss that do you?" To which I sheepishly replied "yes". Seasons help mark time. Yes, I am in awe daily of the beauty here.....but a snow day would be a gift.

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  26. Fabulous! In the same boat here in northern IL. My inner-Minnesotan is loving it as well. Though we are still crafting here. Totally stocked up at JoAnn Fabric over the weekend. Yesterday the kiddos (5 &2) strung necklaces and painted plaques. While I had decided that we needed something like this.( http://www.pinterest.com/pin/499055202430191828/) However, we've got time on our hands, so our version is six-feet tall and has a picture window. I bought all the brown felt JoAnn had, so we could give it a wood shake roof. Today we might add plumbing. Who knows? But my favorite things about these days are the long cuddles in the bean bag, the slow mornings, the movie nights, and the look on my husband's face when he came home to find a house in his hallway.

    Ok. Full disclosure. My mother-in-law has an apartment in our basement. So yesterday during naptime I was able to hook up the dog sled and make my way over to the coffee shop for a couple of hours to write and share survival stories with the locals. That's probably why I'm still somewhat sane. Don't hate me.

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  27. I thought it was pure luck when they cancelled the show choir invitational my daughter was supposed to go to on Saturday. And now I know that Karma has a horrible sense of humor. Snow Day #8. 7 of those since January 7.

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  28. We are on our 6th snow day but have had very little snow! Where is our snow? We usually get plenty here in the NC mountains! We've used all of our teacher workdays so my husband and I are home with the kids too. I have to say I love these days home with the family......but I'd rather be in school now and not the middle of June!

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  29. We're bracing ourselves for Winter Storm Leon here in the South. We won't know until it's over if we get snow or sleet or nothing. That's the way we roll. We would love a little bit of snow for just a day or two. That's also the way we roll. ;)

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  30. We got completely robbed of snow here in southern, middle TN and I am a bit resentful about it. It's gone further south into middle and lower Alabama and Georgia. How I wish for one good snow in our area!!

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    1. I truly HATE when that happens! All the hype, then...nothing.
      Good news is, there's still time. :)

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  31. Yeah, well what about the 2 hour delays are making my boys wild and the Principal is complaining. : - )

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  32. it's perpetual winter- the white witch of narnia kind of snow, trying to drag my body out of bed, reading aloud until my voice is on the verge on nonexistent, vanilla chai tea and molasses cookies... it's a dreary kind of cozy kind of crazy form of existence. (my molasses cookie recipe is um devilish! like melt in your mouth eat 5 before you know it, fight with your hubs over the last one kind of devilish.)

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    1. I LOVE molasses cookies! I'm smitten with my Mama's recipe, but it sounds an awful lot like yours. :)

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  33. i know you're so over it, but i'm sitting in my sunroom here in GA, entranced by the falling snow that's quietly making a run at covering the grass! as a born and bred Hoosier who has lived in the South for almost 8 years, i have felt like i've been missing.out. on all the fun you and my family and friends have been having. now we get our turn! 1" total accumulation forecasted, and the schools announced early release. if it freezes to the streets overnight, we'll be having no school here tomorrow. my son is in IN at Taylor, his choice of colleges because it included WINTER. well, he's getting his fill, and it is NOT the way he remembered it from his childhood!

    i applaud your attitude. be cozy and eat good carbs.

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    1. I get it! I would be a little lost without all the seasons, even if Winter does make me a little angry after the first month. :)

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  34. shannan- glad you have a good molasses cookie recipe. the one i use was passed on to me by a friend just a couple years ago- i don't know how i ever lived without it. and fyi- today's snowy day dessert of choice....... oreo cheesecake- double workout tomorrow. i exercise so i can eat dessert!

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  35. Holy bat crap Robin, she has lost the will to craft!

    We had a winter a few years back when I was a full time telecommuter (I took the job cause my house would be quiet with my kids school, yeah right, not that winter!) Every flippin' week they were home. A few times twice. Through in a few school delays on top of that and I was 'bout ready to loose it.

    There is no sugar coating it. Regardless of what the ground hog will see, you are in it for the duration. Hang in there (I say that with the image of the poster with the kitty hanging on to the branch, oh yeah, you know the one).

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  36. Yep, this about sums thing up. Oh, winter, you are every kind of wonderful and crazy and hard and yes, bliss.

    You make me laugh. Press on, girlfriend!

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