Monday, January 4, 2010

Our love story: Winter Wonderland

What is it like to date a Canadian born Californian? Well, I guess you would have to ask Honey that question. I tell him stories about what its like to move from country to country (check out these moving posts), I can ice skate and sometimes I smile so much that my face hurts. But how do you explain what its like to live in a Winter Wonderland? Or suggest to a native San Franciscan what to pack for winter weather?

A couple of weeks ago, Honey and I traveled to Boston and to New Hampshire. There is no way to describe to someone with California blood what the cold feels like when it hits you in the face. In Boston, the weather felt like a back and forth slap.

I smiled at Honey and said, “Welcome to the Winter Wonderland.”

And yet I found something so peaceful and calming about the snow. The snow is a reminder of my childhood, of past holidays and of a slower pace. Slower pace because the weather slows you down.













Only these things exist in a Winter Wonderland:

1) Coffee and hot chocolate are a necessity not a fashion statement.

2) Talking on a cell phone without gloves on, can promote frostbite.

3) Will someone tell me what the formula of slush is?

4) The Wikipedia definition of an East Coast city says: pros great place to raise kids, cons do you like winter?

And

5) Fresh powder doesn’t come from a machine!

The good news is that we both adapted to the winter in a warm way. Boston and New Hampshire reminded me of my love for tea, soup, chilly bundled up walks, sitting and talking for hours in a restaurant and boots with pom poms. OK, I never really lost my love for pom pom boots. All in all, it was a wonderful trip. What do you love when you're in a winter wonderland?

18 comments:

DesBisoux said...

i love a really warm jacket and taking a walk when it's cold with a beautiful blue sky!
staying inside, cosy, watching movies.
opening the blinds in the morning and everything is white.
the sound of snow falling...

T said...

I love the way it brings out the kid in adults and hot chocolate/teas are a must!

I also love the way the world looks so different thru my lens....

Jules said...

I believe slush is warm snow mixed with car exhaust. Mmmmmmm.....

And hot chocolate is a daily indulgence if you live in the cold. It's a necessity!

Dollface said...

NY is extra chilly right now! I cant imagine walking outside without my uggs, scarf and my earmuffs... brrrrr.. xxxooo

Working Mommy said...

I couldn't agree MORE with number 5...I hate "snow" from a machine...makes snowboarding VERY hard - and painful!

~WM

Laura said...

DesBisoux: These all sound so lovely. I also love the snow falling. Happy New Year sweetie!

Laura said...

T: What a wonderful way to look at your wonderland. Thanx for your comment!

Laura said...

Jules: Love your slush recipe and I must go and wash my hands again...

Jenn said...

I love matching scarves and hats! And not fashion hats and scarves! I like big, chunky, handknit by your mom/sister knits in crazy bright colours. And if either happen to have a pom pom...even better.

Laura said...

Dollface: Oh I forgot about earmuffs. My mother just about loved those...Happy New Year Dollface. It's going to be a great year.

Anonymous said...

i dont normally do this but in October you were talking about older lady- younger guy relations. and i could use some advice...

im actually 20 and the lady im with is 48. not too sure how to continue to approach her. she has a family but is divorced. alot that is said here is true. im attracted to her knowledge, how mature she is, and just plainly, her! any ideas on what i should do for her birthday?

Laura said...

Anonymous: It sounds like flowers is a nice birthday way to go and that she needs to come to you as she has a lot going on in her life. My fiance is younger, but neither of us has been married before and are still starting out together. I hope this helps!

Debbie said...

I love living somewhere with four seasons. I just can't imagine giving up winter forever!

Joanie M said...

Add some vodka and Chambord to that hot cocoa and you could have a real treat! YUM!!!!

I am so done with cold and snow and oil heat. The idea of moving to NC or SC or AZ is becoming more and more appealing to me!

I do like snuggling under the blankets though!

::::Lula Boutique:::: said...

Oh I too am so happy in 4 seasons and when it snows. I just love New England weather. Being raised in the North , it's hard to adjust to winters without any snow so I can relate to your story well.

Happy New Year!

Laura said...

Joanie M: The grass is always greener Joanie. Can you imagine what the holidays would feel like in Hawaii? Santa arrives on water skis! Happy New Year...

Laura said...

::::Lula Boutique:::: Thanx for your comment and Happy New Year. Hold as I make some more hot chocolate!

Girl Japan: April Marie said...

haha You always make me giggle... I hear you on moving from Country to Country...non-stop flight to Japan lasted 10 years....