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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Beat the Freeze: Freeze

Beat the Freeze, Tip 3: Freeze.

Just embrace it already.  Winter's not going anywhere before it's good and ready, and we all know that.  No matter how much you cry and whine and bust your ass on the slippery sidewalk, it's here to stay.  So you know what they say: when in Rome...

I mean, think about all the good stuff.  Fires. Rib-sticking comfort food and warm drinks. Forts and snowball fights.  Snow days.

Everybody loves snow days.  Kristen and Velvet use them as an excuse to use their fireplaces; Mrs DeRaps says: "My all-time favorite aspect of winter is the occasional snow day! It is so thrilling to wake up (or be woken up with a phone call) to hear that school has been called off. I usually act like a big kid on these days--playing in the snow and drinking hot chocolate. It's so fun. "

And then there's the snow itself.  Liz likes "how white and pristine the snow is before it gets dirty."  Kjovus looks forward to "fresh fallen snow, perfect for snow angels. The grey clouds and white ground. Crystal trees. My very fave thing. I love to shovel snow at 4 or 5 in the morning when there is no tracks anywher, long before the snow plows have driven by and the snow is falling. It is quiet and peaceful."  He also likes the opportunity to "play games, READ WAY MORE THAN I DO IN THE SUMMER --and  my wife likes to bake in the winter - keeps her hands busy."

And lastly, I think Momo nailed it when she said she likes the  "the nostalgic feeling of last winter; every year when winter rolls around, there's always the feel of last winter that comes back to me in whiffs and I find myself missing last winter and hoping this winter will be the same."

Can it get anymore peaceful and idyllic than that?

I suggest:
Embracing it:

  • A big stack of your best comfort food and slow cooker recipes
  • a large selection of your favorite warm drinks: coffee, cocoa, tea, hot cider, toddies...
  • mittens, scarves, fuzzy-lined books, skis, snowboards, sleds, cute pea coats -- all the accoutrements of winter
  • a stack of your all-time favorite books (see suggestions)
  • a pile of board games
  • family and friends
Poison Study (Study, #1)number9dreamThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Sunshine
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)KindredI Capture the Castle (Vintage Classics)Daughter of the Forest  (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, #1)
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1)Sun and Moon, Ice and SnowEmma, Volume 1
Pride and PrejudicePersuasionPreying For Mercy (Mercedes Thompson, #1-3)Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1)

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