Thursday, January 31, 2008

confessions of an arizonan heart

i can't believe i'm admitting this to myself let alone to the world wide web but i think i'm actually beginning to enjoy the snow. maybe it's because this realization came while i was sitting inside my car after just working out and the endorphins were at an all time high along with my body temperature so i was oblivious to the fact that my heater is horrible and my car was an icebox. nevertheless, i have actually looked upon the snow these past few days and have smiled. (my usual reaction is a big huge "OH CRAP! I HATE THIS PLACE" so believe me a smile is an improvement) yes i wear the exact same outfit every snow day (black hoodie, black jacket, black tights - i can't remember the last time i only wore jeans with nothing under them, jeans, and rainboots) and yes it takes longer to walk to class and yes you have to plan to leave 40 minutes early to go anywhere just in case you have to scrape the frozen ice from your windshield but all in all it's starting to blow my mind!

now i thought i was truly loving the snow but then i had to walk home in it as it was pelting me from all different directions and suddenly i couldn't remember why i ever thought falling frozen water was ever a good thing. so i've made a list of pros and cons to help me remember.

*learning to drive in it is a huge accomplishment for me! this pic is of my actual first time EVER driving in snow. i made my roommate come with me so i wouldn't die and if i did she would go down with me. we live to tell the tale.

*it has made me a pro at driving with my knees (who wants to hold a frozen steering wheel?!)

*when it snows at night everything around you lights up. it's the most peaceful experience walking out into complete silence with everything around you coated in a fresh never been touched blanket of white cotton. it amazes me every time. (camera phone pic. i promise it looks better from the natural eye)

*you get lovely sights like this

*sometimes your car looks like this.

*and the windshield always looks like this. (it's against the law not to scrape your windows but sometimes it just takes SO LONG so i'll scrape just enough (about a 6" x 6" square) to see out of and at the time this seems like a good plan until i start driving and realize i still can't see anything around me. an adventure of the not so good kind.)

*walking through it. to school. to church. to the grocery store. to your friend's house. never. ever. a. good. idea.

*it gets cold. really really cold. and my arizonan heart just can't take it.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

through the lens of others

some have told me it's been awhile since my last post. i would have to agree. and what better way to start again then to remind you all what i look like. (i made sure to include wonderful close ups in case you have missed the up-close-and-personal me)

*photos courtesy of my sis kays and the one and only ame