Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Two Days into Break

Presently, we are stuck in the Idaho Falls airport due to a delayed flight because a goose hit the plane on the way here. Seriously...

Next to me, Nik is looking particularly grandpa-ish with the blazer, reading newspaper, and leg crossed combo. It's kind of adorable. 

Speaking of that dang newspaper. For a class, we had to purchase a subscription for one of his classes and it became quite the joke throughout the semester. Because what student has the time to read an actual newspaper everyday? The only purpose it served was ticking off mailman everyday because we go to our mailbox like once a week. 

In our couple of days off of school, I always start feeling crafty when I have free time. And then thirty minutes into the craft, with a living room that looked like Michael's and Joanne's barfed all over it, I remember why I don't do crafts. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Finishing Up Fall 2014

This accidental matching thing is starting to get obnoxious. 

Around 4:30 (when I drive home from school) Idaho's golden hour occurs. It is so stunning and always one of my favorite parts of my day. 

While living in LA, we slept on a mattress topper. And it topped the floor. I personally like a stiff bed, but I think Nik developed some sort of PTSD towards the matter topper, and when we moved back to Idaho it ended up in our storage room. 

Somehow, we ended up putting on our mattress last week and it had been a game changer. Nik calls it a blessing and a curse because our bed is so comfortable it is impossible to get up in the morning. 

This last week was the week before finals. Except in my major we have projects AND finals. And all my projects were due in the same week. I cooked like once and didn't clean the house at all. My closet was out of control. I came out of our office one night to find that Nik had cleaned and organized my closet. 

In a little over a week we will be leaving this snow for warm Arizona. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

10 Reasons I Love The Snow

Yesterday was this winter's first big snow.  There have been dustings of powder here and there, but yesterday was the big dump. It can be classified as "the first big snow" because:

Everyone posted a picture. 

On the hill we live on there were four cop cars because of the inevitable accidents. 

It was enough snow that it won't melt off. We're in it for the long haul now. 

Because this is our last (hopefully, if everything goes according to 'the plan') winter with snow, I've decided to approach these frozen temperatures with an attitude of optimism. (Doesn't everyone love winter in December, though? Let's see if I make it to February...)

Here are ten reasons I love the snow:

1. Everyone starts driving like me. Slower. More cautious. Creeeeping out into intersections. 

2. Silence from the padding a fresh layer of snow provides. (Not to be outdone by the loud snow plows at four in the morning though.)

3. Layers! I love a thermal under a sweater, under a coat, topped off with a scarf, hat and gloves. (And tights and wool socks worn under pants.) I think my only form of cardio in the winter is taking all my layers on and off every time I transition from outside to inside.

4. Ice! Moonwalking on ice. Avoiding ice. Slipping on ice. Watching everyone walk like a shaky toddler over a patch of ice on campus. And the inevitable eating it on ice. There have been times where I have fallen, and then literally cannot find my footing to get up it is so slippery. There's something hilarious about the unspoken rule of you're allowed to laugh when someone falls (assuming they aren't hurt),  but then you should offer to help them up. 

5. Christmas music accompanied by snow outside! I mean... come on, can't be topped. 

6. Watching Nik scrape the ice off of our car. Last winter, we had the luxury of a garage. This winter, Nik is enduring his fair share of finger numbing scraping. I get an emotion that is a cross between pride and 'I-am-so-glad-you-are-doing-that-instead-of-me' watching him.

7. The blanket of white causes light to reflect like crazy at night. It actually is kind of annoying when trying to fall asleep. (I need a pitch black room.) But it makes middle of the night bathroom and drink trips less dangerous. 

8. Snowmen pop up everywhere. Every winter Nik says, "You know, I've never built a snowman." And then we say something like, "We should do that this winter! Yeah! Fun date idea!!!!" And then every winter we never build a snowman. Because it is freezing outside. 

9. Did I mention that snow and frost are gorgeous?! When viewed from the inside of a warm car (while Nik scrapes off ice) or apartment.

10. The camaraderie that winter builds between everyone it effects. Even our cars this morning was like, "Nooooo, it is too cold. Please don't make me do this." As it sputtered and clanked its engine on. 

Winter 2014 the Hill family is ready for you!