Sunday Seven Volume 12

Hi Friends.  It is that time again, time for another fun-filled Sunday Seven.  But this week, I am going to do something just a bit different (because, as I have said before, I am a maverick).

I know you all are probably sick of hearing this sentiment from me, but I repeat, I am just not a fan of Winter.

My exact reaction when thinking about this dreaded season

Sure, I love the holidays, the warm sweaters and hot beverages (with or without a little nip of something boozy) as much as the next girl, but the short days, dark skies and fierce winds definitely take the pep out of my step and replace it with a general feeling of “blergh”.  So, I thought today would be the perfect day to list seven wonderful things about this time of year that I actually like to remind us all that big bad Mr. Frost can’t stop our good time!

  1. Layers.  Not just because I love the way they allow you to mix colors, patterns and textures, but also (and perhaps, more importantly) they help you hide your “I ate leftover holiday cookies for breakfast every morning this week…ok fine, this month” food baby (gotta put on that insulation to combat the icy cold winters!)
  2. Snow. The only acceptable weather in winter is when pretty white flakes fall from the skies onto your nose and eyelashes.  It makes everything beautiful and quiet, almost like a clean slate.

    So peaceful, I almost forget to hate it
  3. Tell me there is a better feelings that waking up in warm PJs in your comfy bed in the winter with the smell of coffee brewing and nowhere you have to go and I will call you a liar.
  4. Bad weather=can’t leave the house=ample time to catch up on all that amazing TV you keep meaning to watch! (2 words: Jessica. Jones.)  
  5. Something about winter inspires stores to line every item of clothing with the softest, most wonderful materials.  If I have to wear a coat, boots, scarf, gloves,hat and socks just to leave the house, at least they are all lined with fleece or faux fur!
  6. Dogs in cute sweaters.

    Oh hello there!
  7. I have never been one to say no something shiny, and winter is the perfect time to embrace the glitter and glitz, whether it be twinkling lights, sparkly ensembles, or maybe even a real gem or two!

Honestly, my #1 favorite thing about winter is it has to end eventually, but it’s nice to find those glimpses of happy amidst the bleak, cold days of the next few months…until hibernation becomes social acceptable (and biologically possible) of course, then all our problems are solved!

Sunday Seven Volume 11

How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? I hope it was full of delicious food and exactly enough family. Here’s a few musings before we dive back into the last 3 weeks of work before Christmas.

  1. Did you guys do any Black Friday shopping? Online or off, still counts. My favorite thing I got was this adorably festive sweater. Tiny reindeer and polka dots! What’s not to love?
  2. You know what really pisses me off? People who pin horrible things like pictures of spiders. I don’t care what magical extermination techniques you’ve cooked up with your essential oils (or whatever “miracle cure” crap is running around the internet these days), Pinterest is supposed to be a place of happiness and joy. Let’s try to keep it that way, m’kay?
  3. Cookies are a big part of my family’s holiday tradition, because we are warm blooded humans. One of my favorite recipes to make is my husband’s family’s Italian ricotta cookies. They’re pretty perfect how they are, but this lemon version sounds delicious, too.
  4. In the spirit of the holidays, we switched out the dog’s regular collar for a red one with a sleigh bell attached. Ho ho ho!

    Please excuse his panicked expression, I was making him wait for his dinner when I took this.
  5. It is officially winter in MN – there is snow on the ground and lows in the single digits. I refused to believe it… until I found myself clearing snow off my car while wearing flats and no socks. That convinced me.
  6. When the sun starts setting at 3pm and there’s pressure to have So Much Fun! during the holidays, it’s easy to feel glum. It’s certainly no cure, but I find that it helps to take time to really marvel at an alien landscape that’s so much bigger than yourself.
  7. Updates from the house hunt: it’s turning into a morbid 12 days of Christmas up in here. So far we’re at 3 failed offers, 2 houses with raw sewage in the basement, and a dead mouse in a living room. We’re horrified of what day 4 might bring us, so we’re taking a break from searching until after the holidays are over.

May your transition back into the real world tomorrow go smoothly, and with much caffeine!