Have you heard? New England is covered in snow. I mean covered! We have been hit with one storm after another for three weeks in a row. The college students I work with who have Monday classes after 3pm have not met yet!
This is not normal winter. I lived most of my life in places where it snows a decent amount (upstate NY, Colorado Springs and greater Boston), but the snow we've had since mid-January is unreal. The snow is piled high. When I shoveled this morning, the most tiring part was walking down the driveway with a shovel full of wet and heavy snow and then hoisting it up on to the ever-growing snowbank.
Getting out of the driveway has become an event.
Last week, I dreaded backing on to our busy street. On Saturday, we prepped the driveway to fit multiple cars in the driveway for a get together I hosted. And then more snow came. Two feet of more snow in case you were wondering. I am literally scared to back out of the driveway when I have to go to work tomorrow.
Since I've had FIVE snow days since January 26, I have had a chance to do some unexpected housework (organized Maggie's closet and too small clothes) and spent too much time on Pinterest.
I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO...
The Influence Network podcasts. I've only listened to three of them, but each one has been awesome. Even if you're not an iPhone user, you can listen online.
Audiobook (via Scribd): Surprised by Motherhood written and narrated by Lisa-Jo Baker. I'm sure I will listen to this one again and again. Her writing is beautiful and I can so relate to her feelings of pregnancy, giving birth and mothering without your mom.
Podcast: The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey I've only listened to the with Jen Hatmaker and I just loved how I felt like it was girl-talk with two old friends. I'm so ready to start my own supper club. Who's in?!
I HAVE BEEN READING...
I love this handmade Valentine idea from Elise.
As much as I love using doTERRA essential oils for the past two months, I was so grateful for this read from a mom who took her toddler to the doctor during cold season.
I already mentioned my newfound love for Lisa-Jo, but her recent post, If Motherhood Has You Feeling Defeated and Alone Today, Read This, was a sweet reminder of the journey I know as motherhood
I HAVE BEEN WATCHING...
How the States Got Their Shape -we don't have the History Channel, so I was excited to discover this on Netflix a few weeks ago. The host is a little annoying to me, but I have always loved US geography so I it's been a fun show to have going in the background while Brandon does homework and I am getting caught up on email/blogging.
The Parenthood season finale. Sigh, we watched it last Friday and I cried. I think the end was perfect. Last week I blogged my feelings about the special TV show.
Frozen. I am pretty sure it's a rite of passage for my toddler. Her grandmother sent it as an early Valentine's present and I feel somewhat taunted by the snowstorm in it. Truthfully, I have watched it more than her and I adore Maggie for not being obsessed with the movie. I realize it is probably only a matter of time until she reaches that stage.
I HAVE BEEN EATING/MAKING...
Oh my goodness! You have to try these Paleo Morning Glory Muffins. They are so easy to make and packed with flavor. I didn't have honey, so I used maple syrup and they were so good! You could probably omit that if you were going for more Whole30 style.
Equally delicious are raw vegan chocolate coconut bars and coconut creme larabars (they are actually better than store-bought). I am all about the coconut flavor lately.
We made crispy baked buffalo wings for the Super Bowl and again this past weekend.
And in case you're missing out on winter or wonder what Southeast Massachusetts looks like this week, I'll leave you with a shot I took during yesterday's storm.
What have you been LISTENING TO, READING, WATCHING and EATING?