“Demoralizing Sloppy Sleet And Fairy-Tale Billows of Fluff” (5 Things I Need This Winter Week)

“Demoralizing Sloppy Sleet And Fairy-Tale Billows of Fluff” (5 Things I Need This Winter Week)

So, we’re getting crushed by snow, sleet, and sludge this week.  Here are some items that are making the schlep a little bit sufferable.  

1.  Blundstone Original 500 Boots-  Trendy?  Yes.  Ugly?  Yes and YES.  But you can put them on ONE-HANDED, mom!  And they’re warm and dry and my best friends these days.     

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2.  Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream- My mom got me onto this stuff.  It’s suuuper rich and keeps your face hydrated all day.   

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3.  Uniqlo socks - Just as warm as Smartwools, but half the price.  I also have a few of their Heattech items, like these leggings, these gloves, and this hat too.  All too good to be true!

“Chunky feel for an outdoor style that works great with sports sandals.”  Whoa.  You can wear them with your Teva’s???!!!!!!!
  • “Chunky feel for an outdoor style that works great with sports sandals.”  Whoa.  You can wear them with your Teva’s???!!!!!!!

 4.  L.L. Bean Wicked Good Slippers-  ‘Cause if you run cold, cover those ankles!!!  

Best Xmas gift from my sis, Em, who also got me on the Uniqlo train!

Best Xmas gift from my sis, Em, who also got me on the Uniqlo train!

5.  This book- Keeps reminding me to love my city, no matter what the weather.  (If only because it produced this brilliant person. Read on...)

OMG, I love you, Michelle.   

OMG, I love you, Michelle.   

”If you’ve never passed a winter in Chicago, let me describe it:  You can live for a hundred straight days beneath an iron-gray sky that claps itself like a lid over the city.  Frigid, biting winds blow in off the lake.  Snow falls in dozens of ways, in heavy overnight dumps and daytime, sideways squalls, in demoralizing sloppy sleet and fairy-tale billows of fluff.  There’s ice, usually, lots of it, that shellac’s the sidewalks and windshields that need to be scraped.  There’s the sound of that scraping in the early mornings- the hack hack hack of it- as people clear their cars to go to work.  Your neighbors, unrecognizable in the thick layers they wear against the cold, keep their faces down to avoid the wind. City snowplows thunder through the streets as the white snow gets piled up and sooty, until nothing is pristine.  

Eventually, however, something happens.  A slow reversal begins.  It can be a subtle whiff of humidity in the air, a slight lifting of the sky.  You feel it first in your hear, the possibility that winter might have passed.  You may not trust it at the beginning, but then you do.   Because now the sun is out and there are little nubby buds on the trees and your neighbors have taken off their heavy coats.  And maybe there’s a new airiness to your thoughts on the morning you decide to pull out every window in your apartment so you can spray the glass and wipe down the sills... Maybe you spend the whole day considering new ways to live before finally you fit every window back into its frame and empty your bucket of Pine-Sol into the sink.  And maybe now all your certainty returns, because yes, truly, it’s spring and once again you’ve made the choice to stay.” 

 

Spring, mom.  Spring!!!

In the meantime, what’s pushing you through those “sideways squalls”? 

Culture Maker:  Food Writer Jeanelle Olson

Culture Maker: Food Writer Jeanelle Olson

Woman in Clothes:  Lisa Spagnolo

Woman in Clothes: Lisa Spagnolo