So us Coloradans were supposed to wake up to ten inches of snow last week. It was going to be a record-breaking blizzard in November!
… It rained a little here. There wasn’t so much as frost on the grass blades. I was disappointed and extremely envious of my Denver friends who were posting all their “SNOW!!” photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. Apparently that big storm hit Denver and even Boulder received a little. But nope, eight miles up the road we got nada.
However, snowflakes started falling this afternoon while I was running errands. I was literally squealing with excitement and reminding Jake (who I was on the phone with) every few minutes that it was snowing as I drove home. The weather forecast calls for “light snow” tonight, and I’ll honestly take what I can get.
Because I love winter in Colorado. I love the snow. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably realized I’m more than a little excited for cold weather and snow. I’m a Colorado girl, it’s in my blood. So let’s celebrate these snowflakes and the below-freezing temperature with ten things to look forward to!
1) It’s the holiday season! I mean, shouldn’t there be a “duh” in this explanation because who doesn’t love the holidays? I am usually adamant about not celebrating the holidays until the holiday’s actual month. For instance, I won’t watch Christmas movies or allow the Christmas tree to go up until after my birthday (which is December 6). I’ve become a little more relaxed about these weird quirks the last few years, although I still won’t watch a holiday episode/movie until the two-week marker of the holiday. How else will the Friends Thanksgiving episodes be special? Or Elf? No wait, I take that back. Elf is such a great movie it’s acceptable to watch the moment it’s cold outside. Maybe I’ll watch Elf tonight…
2) Oh my goodness, I dropped ten pounds! Oh wait, it’s just an illusion. Suddenly I’m not constantly fretting about how fat my arms look in this tank top, or how much belly shows through this tight shirt, or how my thighs look extra plump in these shorts. I know I will regret this “out of sight, out of mind” mentality the moment warm weather comes around and the bulky layers come off… which could be much sooner than I’m used to since I plan on moving to California. But for the time being, it’s one less thing to worry about and I’ll enjoy it while I can.
3) Scarves, hats, gloves, oh my! There’s nothing quite like bundling up in your winter clothes to meet the crisp cold air. I don’t know the first thing about fashion (you’ll want to talk to my sister about that stuff), but I do love my winter attire. I get to wrap up in my favorite oversize sweater, dress up an outfit with any number of scarves, wear my knitted beanies, and get cozy with fuzzy socks.
4) Hearty food is the best kind of food, and especially tasty when it is cold outside. I get to dust off my crock pot and make pot roast, chili, and creamy soups. I already made chicken pot pie from scratch for the family, which was perfect timing with the chilly weather. I don’t even feel bad for eating these dishes (I direct you to #2). They may be time-consuming to make, yet you don’t care too much about the cooking time because it’s dark and cold outside anyway. So what else are you going to do aside from pour yourself a glass of red wine, turn on holiday music, and hang out in the kitchen?
5) All of the sudden, you don’t feel guilty when you spend Sundays watching football all day instead of being outside. You have a perfectly good excuse: it’s too cold outside! So oh no, oh dear… you simply have no choice but to warm up with chili and seasonal craft beer and watch the game, all the while wondering how the quarterback can properly throw the ball when his fingers must be freezing.
6) Snowboarding!! *Insert a dozen emojicons here because actual words do not do this excitement justice* I will take a Vail powder day over any Hawaii beach day, no question about it. I love speeding down the back bowls, weaving in and out of trees, and seeing how much air I can get off jumps. Thinking about snowboarding just makes me want to load up my car and head straight to the mountains. I simply can’t get enough of it.
7) I am a
little lot obsessed with wood-burning fires. My last two apartments had wood-burning fireplaces and I’m not joking when I tell you I had a fire going almost every night. And why wouldn’t I? They keep the heat bills down, they make home feel more homey, they smell good, they’re fun to make, and it serves as an all-evening project. Besides, I feel accomplished every single time I make a blazing fire. Be sure to stock up on firewood before it gets too cold outside, otherwise you’ll be going to four different stores trying to find firewood… not that that hasn’t happened to me too many times to count…
8) ‘Tis the season for hot toddies and peppermint schnapps hot cocoa. You absolutely cannot go wrong with a hot bourbon drink (rumor has it they’re even good for your health when you have a cold because of the honey, hot water, and lemon…) or spiked hot chocolate. Stayed tuned for my special recipes of both winter hot drinks!
9) It’s time to bring out the extra soft blankets and put them on the bed. Yes! The fuzzy king-size blanket from Costco that cost a small fortune but feels like puppy fur. It’s cold outside and you get to snuggle in bed all wrapped up in your favorite blanket. I try to use it during the warm seasons because I love it oh so much, but it’s just not the same when I’m kicking off the blanket from overheat. It hangs out on the edge of my bed all year, then gets officially added to the nightly blankets the first night below forty degrees.
10) I find it so refreshing to step outside and breath in the crisp, cool air. I know I sort of touched on this in #3, but the frosty air deserves its own number. Yes, it’s cold and if you don’t have the proper clothes you’ll freeze your behind off. All the same, I love seeing my breathe and feeling the contrast of warmth against the frosty air. This is a hundred times better just after a snowfall and the beauty of the outdoors is untouched. You get to feel the crunchof snow under your boots, catch snowflakes on your tongue (yes, I still do this as an adult), and bury your head in your scarf.
What are you excited about as the cold weather settles?
Because after all….
(Come on, I wouldn’t be a Game of Thronesfan if I didn’t include a reference. By the way, where does everyone find GIFs? I spent about as much time trying to find one as I did on the post itself. Finally gave up and Google Imaged)