snow

Music | Snow by Sleeping At Last

The branches have traded their leaves for white sleeves
All warm-bodied creatures make ghosts as they breath
Scarves are wrapped tightly like gifts under trees
Christmas lights tangle in knots annually

Our families huddle closely
Betting warmth against the cold
But our bruises seem to surface
Like mud beneath the snow

So we sing carols softly, as sweet as we know
A prayer that our burdens will lift as we go
Like young love still waiting under mistletoe
We’ll welcome December with tireless hope

Let our bells keep on ringing
Making angels in the snow
May the melody disarm us
When the cracks begin to show

Like the petals in our pockets
May we remember who we are
Unconditionally cared for
By those who share our broken hearts

The table is set and our glasses are full
Though pieces go missing, may we still feel whole
We’ll build new traditions in place of the old
’cause life without revision will silence our souls

So let the bells keep on ringing
Making angels in the snow
May the melody disarm us
When the cracks begin to show

Like the petals in our pockets
May we remember who we are
Unconditionally cared for
By those who share our broken hearts

As gentle as feathers, the snow piles high
Our world gets rewritten and retraced every time
Like fresh plates and clean slates, our future is white
New Year’s resolutions will reset tonight

 

 

adventures in driving

I cannot believe it’s almost the middle of February! We have been buried under a lot of snow and negative temps the past two weeks.

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I know our friends in Maryland will scream CRAZY at this, but we both love this weather! The other day we had an appliance delivery and with Mick’s hand out of commission, I am the keeper of the shovel which meant, I was in charge of the ten inches on our driveway. [We notice no one shovels, they all have snow blowers or ATV’s with plows. I think everyone knows who the transplants are.] I got up at 7 am to prepare for the delivery…after about ten minutes I just wanted to curl up and sleep. I was exhausted. I checked the weather and it was -2, windchill -15. It did NOT feel that cold at all. Despite the dangerous temps, we can’t get enough. Something about the cold, the snow, the way our bodies adjust is so awesome. We enjoy shoveling, making fresh tracks and driving through it is incredible. Although, the other day we received an inch over night, however, a treacherous layer of ice was hiding under it. I merged onto the highway going about 60 and slid straight across both lanes, into the median – I started to panic and then remembered the salesman said, when sliding, go faster! I slammed my foot on the gas, slid back to the other side, fish tailed and immediately straightened out as though nothing ever happened. I had to talk myself into not fainting as I felt all color draining from my face. The remaining five miles took thirty minutes because ahead were multiple people who didn’t make it back on the highway.

Despite our love of cold weather, we so look forward to the warmer months. We can’t wait to see our new little hood in the spring/summer. Most people here hunker down for the winter, to the tune of we haven’t met a single neighbor yet. One of the reasons we bought this house, outside of it’s unique style, is we have part ownership of a 1 acre island in the river. It’s close enough that we can get to it by footbridge. We have a boat slip, there is a private beach, fire pit, and cool places to explore. We look forward to spending warm nights there, watching bud swim and investing in some kayaks.

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so…tired…

It’s been a long week and we are exhausted. Mick is doing excellent and the Doctors could not be happier with his progress. He is back to light duty on Monday.

In other news we finally got some snow! We are at seven inches and counting – it’s absolutely beautiful. Driving through the snow in the Subaru is pretty rad – the downside is when wearing my Sorel boots, I have to sit all up on the steering wheel. Clown shoes and a mini Misie, bad combo!

Here are some pictures of our yard/house in the snow. (you may see a lil buddy in the window) I haven’t taken any of the inside yet, it’s still a mess!

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A great song for a grey day…

exercise for the weary

It’s been pretty boring in these parts. I have been fighting off either a virus or a whole new family of allergies. Every morning I wake up, my head feels like it weighs 15 pounds, it takes anywhere from 1- 4 hours to feel normal and then I have just enough time to exercise and shower before Mick gets home. Hoping this ends soon. Despite my lethargy I am so pumped about my new workout. For those who like exercise – Nike has a free app – Nike Training Club – it’s awesome! It offers different options based on your end goal: Get Lean, Get Toned, Get Strong or Get Focused. From there you enter whether you are a beginner, intermediate…etc [this is defined by how often you workout]. Based on your answers they put together a 30-45 minute workout to suit you. It’s been kicking my butt! It’s very minimal, no bells or whistles, no one cheering you on while they barely sweat, and you usually only need a mat, hand weights or a medicine ball. They offer video guidance if you have no idea what a modified burpee is and they are super helpful. I look forward to doing it everyday, even the days I can barely walk. It is also an excellent way to expend anxiety from moving 2800 miles away from everyone you know!

This weekend we are expecting SNOW! Only three inches, but still, SNOW! We have been drooling over new snowboard gear [I forgot out expensive it is!]. I want so many things, including a season pass, something I’ve never had. I can’t tell you how excited and loopy I get when thinking about being able to ride every weekend…just because I want to. I think back to when I was 19 years old, traveling around, riding almost everyday, it was the freaking jam. There were even days I opted OUT of riding! What was wrong with me?! I was spoiled that’s why. I will probably get schooled my first season out – yea, pretty sure the Mountains here will kick my out of shape booty – still can’t wait!

Alright – getting off that out of shape booty to work that Nike Training Club app like it’s my job!