perhaps i should take a cue from my sixth grade english teacher, mrs. fenton. as we entered her classroom, we would know if she was having an off day by the appropriate placement of the oscar the grouch poster taped onto her door. we would know as students to maybe tread a little bit lighter. i loved (still do) mrs. fenton. for many other reasons, too, but mainly because she taught us a life lesson by telling us like it was. no cover ups, just the facts. here it is. i'm having a bad day. let's air it, deal with it and move on.
so perhaps next time, i'll preface my blog post with an oscar photo of my own. i thought about what made me grouchy, and came up with a few reasons...
1. i hadn't had my green smoothies in over a week. i think my body has truly come to depend on that drinkable nutrition, even if i eat like crap the rest of the day.
2. i haven't taught spinning, or exercised for that matter, since last weekend because of my surgery. and this friggin' cold weather- forget walking outside.
3. i told myself i was going to do another 365 project for this year, but just one as our family, as well as a 52 week project with my big camera. i felt i needed to pull it out more and use it. i look back at pictures and i love them. but i had already given up on that latter project week 1. it's just not something i can maintain and i know it will create undue stress. learning to say no, even to myself. but, still a failed goal even before i started. true grouchiness.
4. i had been cabin fevered for 4 days straight, recovering from my surgery and with the falling snow and dropping temps had no place to go but where i was.
but then, as i took a deep morning breath into my coffee cup the next day after said post, realizing it was another snow day and i still had a hundred items on my to-do list, i decided to attempt to enlist little soldiers who reside in my home. i asked harper if she cared to help me do some chores and she happily agreed. together, and mostly on her own because she independently wanted to take charge, we washed and folded 3 baskets of laundry. we watered all the indoor plants. we changed her bed sheets. we purged and organized and straightened up her room.
my favorite part of the day was when she and i were together in her room, changing her bed sheets, and she heard the dryer buzz, signaling our load was ready. without any prompt from me, she ran screaming from her room, down the stairs, yelling "wait, dad, don't touch the laundry!" and up the stairs 3 minutes later, lugging a full basket of clean, dry laundry, back to the task of making her bed. my heart swelled that very moment.
moving on with some asterisks, because i have no other way to transition this post, to the famous snow cream. this recipe went viral in a matter or a day, and i sat down that first snow day evening to see posts about it all over pinterest, facebook and instagram. i had never even heard of snow cream, but we were going to give it a try. and shockingly, it was pretty tasty! if you find yourself surrounded by inches upon inches of snow you just don't know what to do with, give it a try. recipe found here. and if you need some snow, let me know and i can ship.