Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return. - Mary Jean Iron

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

More Snow

I guess this says something about the magnitude of the current snow storm that I am actually posting twice in one week. We are currently experiencing blizzard number 2 of the week, which has successfully made this the most intense winter in DC history. Our neighbor informed us that the only record they have of a comparable winter was from journal entries of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson!! I don't think that should count.

Partly because many of you have been asking and partly because I am starting to lose my mind, I have brainstormed up an ongoing list of our favorite things to do while barricaded at home. W are more than open to suggestions.

1. Sleep until we are no longer tired
2. Enjoy coffee and a book by the kitchen window

3. Scour redfin for dream homes
4. Begin and actually finish books just because I want to
5. Make delicious homemade Leek Pea and Sauerkraut Soup (recipe is courtesy of the Wednesday Chef)

6. Shovel the driveway multiple times in a day to feel like we are somehow making progress
7. Watch countless movies on netflix (Recommendations: Food Inc., The Visitor, 30 Rock)
9. Play in the snow until we have so much snow up our shirts and down our shoes that we can't bear the cold anymore.
8. Read through my favorite foodie blogs (Wednesday Chef, Smitten Kitchen, In Praise of Leftovers, etc.) and think of all of the delicious things i could make if only I could make it to the market.
9. Plan out our garden for this coming spring.
10. Research how to get a license for chickens in the state of maryland.
11. Bundle up and take walks around the neighborhood, enjoying the quite of a world with no cars.

All in all, we are thankful for the snow, the quite, each other, and the chance to be still.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Party Hats and Snow Boots

I am so thankful to finally have a morning to sit with my mug of coffee and give you an update on the past couple of weeks. School continues to dominate the majority of our hours, but with 3 exams out of the way and 2 ft of snow barring me indoors, I have no excuse but to chill out.
Two weekends ago we made a trip down to Charlottesville to celebrate Patrick and Anna's engagement and Anna's safe return from Haiti. Though it was last minute, the rest of my family (minus Susie Q) also made the 8 hour drive up to partake in the festivities. We spent much of the weekend sitting around Anna's kitchen table, snacking on granola, talking and pouring over pictures from Haiti. On Saturday we hopped across the street (literally) for a big engagement bash with what seemed like the rest of the C-Ville community. There are a lot of people that love those two!

Now to bring this back to the present....I think I may have mentioned that DC was hit last night with 2 ft of snow!!!! and it is still piling on. They are saying it is the biggest snow in 100 years and perhaps will be the biggest snow ever. Whoever said that moving from Montana to DC was going to be a big adjustment? So far, with three big snows this winter, I can say that my favorite part about it is the fact that it has given us a chance to meet many of our neighbors. Whenever it snows, everyone finds their way outside whether it is to sled down the oliver st. alleyway or to shovel their driveway. We even had a neighbor glide by on her cross country skis.

This morning, after downing some banana spice muffins and trader joe's coffee, Adam and I bundled up and headed out to join in the fun.