Saturday, February 9, 2013

winter wonderland

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I'll be honest...I think this blizzard is exactly what we needed around here.

J got wiped out by the flu last weekend. I spent two days constantly texting my mom about whether I should take him to the ER, went to CVS five times, and dished up more chicken soup than I care to remember. Work was crazy this week too, and I arrived home after 8 on Wednesday, dropped a new humidifier on our floor, and choking bad tears, said, "I'm trying to be a good fiancĂ©, but it is getting really hard to take care of you!"

I'm glad he's almost all better.

But Friday afternoon was the calm that lasted through the storm. J made vegetable soup and got me some strawberries to return the nurturing a bit. We cleaned up our hideous apartment, watched movies (Sleepless in Seattle and The Lorax), and then I stayed up late reading.

I lovelovelove snow and blizzards. J was already in bed while I was reading and watching the snow swirl. There's a light outside in the corner of the building, where the wind swirls back around itself, and it was so beautiful and exhilarating to see the flakes whirling in all directions under the brightness. At one point I opened the window onto the street and was amazed by the calmness of it all...no cars, no people...just the muffled silence of winter.

We trekked out today and it felt post-apocalyptic. People were wandering around like survivors of some attack, trying to reconnect with each other. We did our best Kirk and Uhura impersonations; J kept the captain's log and I collected evidence for the ship's report.

I managed to catch a few good shots of J, but things got silly when I asked him to return the favor. Good thing I'm not a fashion blogger...

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Hope everyone weathered the storm well and enjoyed the quietude. If it's going to be cold, it might as well be a wonderland.

19 comments:

  1. I love how a fresh snowfall blankets everything in quiet. And I love your scarf!

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  2. Thank you! It's a luxurious gift from an old friend.

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  3. I'm glad that he's feeling better and you both are able to get out there and frolic in the snow

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  4. Clair...you write SO beautifully! I agree...this snowstorm was exactly what a lot of people needed. I was so happy to be snowed in with my husband, who works and goes to school nonstop -- it was such a treasure to be in, together, and enjoying food and Netflix. Beautiful pics! So glad it was fun for you, too! (p.s. it's impossible to be a bad fiance. Because the word fiance in my world means wonderful ... at all times) :-D

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    1. Thank you thank you, Megan! Such kind words all around. =)

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  5. Ooh look at all your snow! I'm so jealous. It's absolutely beautiful :) Thanks for sharing pictures! xoxo, Eliza

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  6. Firstly, I'm so glad that J is on the mend!

    Secondly, I think you're totally right- a weekend to just kind of calm down and do nothing besides frolic was perfect for most of us. Totally needed.

    Lastly, I LOVE the red lipstick!

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  7. Your description of solitude upon opening the window reminded me of similar moments in Schwand : )

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    1. Aw, I can just imagine you at my age!

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  8. i love all the snow, too. you look so pretty in your earmuffs and red lipstick!

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  9. Look at all that snow! And how cute you are! What lipstick is that? I got a very similar red shade for Christmas...looks so good on you! Love you!

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    1. It's a Covergirl shade...so naughty and toxic. =/

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  10. gah, this is such a trip! i know exactly where you two romped around, we seriously are neighbors. and CLAIR, OMG. red lips are soooo for you! you are too cute. i declare a study-coffee-tea-date sometime in the near future!

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  11. You're SO Cute!!! I LOOOOVED the snow! LOOVED the day. It was beautiful.

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  12. I loved the snow too. We lost power here and so many people came out to the common area to hang out. The next morning we were all outside helping each other clear off our cars and it really felt like a community. Sadly, once the power was restored Sunday night the New England mentality restored itself and everyone is hiding in their apartments again. But it was nice while it lasted.

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    1. I definitely empathize with this. I wish there were a greater sense of community in buildings, but I don't really know how to foster it...

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Thanks for making me smile. =)