Sunday, February 24, 2019

Life: It Goes On - February 24

I'm actually writing this post a day early. We are in a blizzard warning with a forecast of up to a foot of snow...and wind. Which may mean that main power stations will go down and tomorrow we could be without power. Even as I type, I've got all of our electronic devices powering up to full power, I'm powering up all the backup chargers, and I'm overheating the house so we can stay warmer a bit longer if we lose heat. If we're lucky, it will be so warm in here later this evening that we can wear shorts for a brief time (just kidding; I don't want to pay that kind of power bill!). So far, it's only raining so the snow didn't start as early as they predicted - fingers crossed, we don't get the worst of it. Have I mentioned how tired I am of winter?!

**AMENDED: We ended up getting about 9" of snow with winds up to 40 mph. Mercifully, we did not lose power and, once I knew everyone I care about was safe, it was fascinating to watch and beautiful. But no fun at all, this morning, to clear back off the driveway, sidewalks, and patio! Also, in a tiny fit of "I'll show you, winter," I took down all of my winter decor. Yep, I really showed Mother Nature!

Last Week I:

Listened To: The rest of Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone, which I was pre-reading for a future book club selection and started Lilly Singh's How To Be A Bawse. I actually own Singh's book on my Nook but I was looking for something shorter to listen to that I could get right away. I'm really enjoying it and think I'll be glad I have it in "print" to refer back to. Now to check out Singh's YouTube videos.

Watched: I finally started the most recent season of Orange Is The New Black. I think this is going to be an even tougher season to watch than previous seasons. The Big Guy and I also watched Abducted In Plain Sight, which Miss H has been begging me to watch so she could have someone to talk to about it. Have you seen it? Do you want to talk about it, too?! I had to keep reminding myself that times were different then and people were more trusting. Still!

Read: I finally finished Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country, but now until after my book club meeting was scheduled to meet (although that had to be postponed, thanks to last Tuesday's snowfall). I have forgotten out to read classic literature, apparently. I'd certainly forgotten that it takes time. Today, assuming we still have power into the evening, I'll start Jim Harrison's The River Swimmer.

Made: Chili, rice pudding, spaghetti with meatballs - stick to your ribs kinds of warm foods.

Enjoyed: One day of warm temps and sunshine - I was so productive that day! I've started some small projects around the house that I hope to finish this weekend. I've gotten a couple of things painted that I've been meaning to get to for a long time. I also got my shelves rearranged in my office, which makes me ridiculously happy.

This Week I’m: 
Planning: On finishing the pieces I painted and stripping a stool BG used when he was a kid to reach the sink. It's been many different colors over the years and I'm eager to see what's under all of those layers.

Thinking About: 40 Bags In 40 Days, which starts soon. I am so ready to combine that and what I've learned from Marie Kondo! Although, as I've been swallowed into Instagram home decor accounts, I'm seeing a lot of people buying up thrift finds that are exactly like things I've long since gotten rid of because they weren't "stylish" any more and I was tired of them. It does make me rethink getting rid of things!

Feeling: I have had a headache for the better part of the week, thanks to the weather. Needless to say, that makes me lethargic. I'm feeling like it's time to pull up my big girl panties and just push through it.

Looking forward to: Spring. Seriously, I can't even think of anything else right now.

Question of the week: See above - if you're like me, what are you most looking forward to about spring?


  1. I'm struggling with weather headaches too and am definitely not a fan. Sounds like you've gotten all the snow and we've gotten all the rain! It's actually sunny today but we had buckets and buckets of rain. Lots of flooding and destroyed roads. Hope you were able to stay warm! I haven't read Abducted in Plain Sight but I've seen enough mentions that I'm so curious. Have a great week!

  2. This has been a long, tough winter for so many! I was "in it" only from Thanksgiving until New Years Day and got more than my fill. Hope spring comes quickly for everyone. Meanwhile in SWFL,we are basking in record warmth...and our AC is not working (again!) but I refuse to complain!

  3. I saw a brief video clip of the weather you had over the weekend and it was very blustery on top of snow. I could not deal with that.

    I have heard all kinds of things about Abducted in Plain Sight. It seems so out there for a family to not see what was going on but as you said, it was a different time. People were not as skeptical as they are now. For sure.

    Spring. I love it when certain plants bloom. If I open my windows the scent of jasmine trails in. But spring is short in California and then we are plunged into hellish temps. I hope not like like that! 120 was too much.