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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

snowy days

Across the Twin Cities, snow is heaped in piles as tall as houses. The roads have grown narrow, encroached on either side by towering boulevards. Cars inch across the city and back again. I have taken to driving with a shovel riding shotgun so I can leap out and clear a path through freshly plowed mounds when necessary. It’s Minnesota. It’s winter.

Stella was home from school both Monday and Tuesday because of the snow and sub-zero temperatures. She was thrilled beyond description. We swapped childcare with friends. Forts were built. Movies were watched. Popcorn was eaten.

It all makes me want to pull out the crock-pot and fill the house with meaty goodness, then curl up on the couch with a book and read all day. I’m currently caught up in Maggie O’Farrell’s The Hand that First Held Mine, which contains two alternating stories—one set in postwar London, one in present-day London. I’ll write more about this book as I make my way through it (if I get that time on the couch), but I’m excited that I’ve discovered O’Farrell’s writing. Her prose is exquisite.

So I’m reading. And in those few hours of the night when ZoĆ« isn’t flipping around next to me, I’m sleeping better. The Christmas tree is up, sparkling in our living room. And I’m back to work on the memoir—a little tweaking based on the insightful comments of my fabulous agent. Things are a little easier. And soon, soon, the days will be getting longer rather than shorter. Oh, I realize that winter will go on forever this year, but at least there will be light, a little more light.

7 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I think of you, so cold, in Minnesota and the vision of you with a shovel shotgun will now fill my thoughts! I always love your book recommendations, so keep us posted! And stay warm and healthy --

kristenspina said...

I'm so glad to hear things are lighter again. I love how winter demands our attention and yet still provides those quiet, we can go nowhere because of the weather moments...

Ines said...

Yes, Kate. I also remember you being so cold in winter. I wish I could send you some of our good weather. You cannot even tell it is winter here although I keep my gloves and scarf in the car, just in case (just like you keep your shovel). I want to tell you that my friend Katja Rowell (who also lives in Minnesota) has a wonderful blog/website called familyfeedingdynamics.blogspot.com
I am glad things are lighter....

The Blue Suitcase said...

Brave, warm, happy.

6512 and growing said...

We had insane amounts of snow last year and despite driving with shovels and other inconveniences, it's puts the wintry in winter.

Congratulations on your online class being full!

Sarah said...

Always a pleasure to read your words, Kate! I too look forward to the tipping point when the days start to get a little longer. :-) Enjoy!

cath c said...

sounds like bliss to me!