As friends of mine are spending the next few days in Disneyland, I find myself in my own little theme park. My theme: SNOW! I know it’s the unpopular opinion, but I do appreciate the beautiful snowfall we just got in Seattle. When I first moved here 4 years ago, so many people assured me that it barely ever snows here and when it does, it’s only half an inch or less.
Every year since I’ve been here, it’s snowed . . . a LOT!
Since my friends are at Disneyland, but still have a foreign exchange student, Renee, to provide meals for during the week, they asked me to housesit and cook for her. This has proven to be both wonderful and a bust. Wonderful is waking up to a lane covered in snow, snuggling next to a fireplace, sipping on a homemade latte, and playing the Wii.
The bust is trying new recipes and having them not turn out quite as well as you plan them to. I clearly did not inherit my dad’s cooking skills. It hasn’t been too bad, though. The learning process has proven to be one of the funniest things for me. At least the Freschetta pizza I made in the oven last night was a solid hit. Meanwhile, I skipped the pizza feast and chowed down on my leftover black bean burger mash—I call it mash because well, it just doesn’t quite hold the same form as the ones in the pictures.
I’ve also been getting work done for my 9 to 5 job. I loaded up my external hard drive with documents and photos to edit and organize. With all this snow falling beautifully around me, it’s been tough to focus. Yesterday, I caved and took a break so that I could do a snowy photo shoot! Thankfully, Renee was willing to join me out in the winter wonderland so that I could get my photo fix.
Here are some of my favorite pics:
I’m really thankful that it “never snows in Seattle” . . . because it’s given me so many reasons to enjoy life outside of the office environment, work on projects in my pajamas, experiment with food, and just relax. Now that all my 9 to 5 work is done, I think some quality coffee hang time with friends is in order. And away we go!