in light of the 6 inches of snow we received last night, here are the top ten most awesome things about living in a place that is nose-hair-freezing cold until may.*
10. views at your daughter's soccer game that look suspiciously like a bob ross painting.
9. no worries about the frozen mangos melting in the back of your car on errand day.
8. no need for ice baths—as recommended by timothy ferriss, author of THE FOUR-HOUR BODY**—to lose weight. you're already shivering cold. all the time.
7. playing in the snow when your sister comes to visit for spring break. how many people who went to a florida beach can say they did that? huh?
6. snow heads. see third picture down. i found this on my back deck today, courtesy of lucas.
5. seeing your cute niece, hazel, wearing emma's hand-me-down fleece hoodie.
4. endless cups of hot chocolate. in our case, cocoa mojo.
3. and endless baths.
2. plenty of time to prepare to plant your garden. plenty of time.
1. no need to imagine the norwegian scenery in your novel, or how a girl raised next to a citrus grove would feel about her first winter there.*** all you need to do is step outside. and look at that last picture.
*this entire post might be a lie. it's possible i spent the whole day dreaming of shorts, popsicles, and lounging on a sun-warmed deck, poolside and not being grateful AT ALL for the cold.
**this book is insane. like, seriously bat crap crazy. and offensive. i think a man who writes about his sexual escapades, describing the women involved as sexual experiments and needs clinical drawings to explain how to pleasure a woman, needs more than four hours to find "incredible sex." incredible sex is found through love, commitment, forgiveness, respect, and keeping sacred things sacred. just sayin' tim. you couldn't have missed the mark more.
***this is a bit spoilery for my novel i'm revising, but look at that castle picture again! doesn't that make you want to write a fairy tale? or take a trip to bavaria where your ancestors are from? no? that's just me? oh, okay.