Thursday, November 27, 2014

White Thanksgiving

Normally, we are happy if there is white Christmas, so peaceful and festive that even songs are written about it. This year we are blessed with White Thanksgiving. 14 inches of new powder, having arrived on Thanksgiving morning. Ok, so after we dig ourselves out, we will be thankful. The landscape looks like winterwonderland, the snow powdery, the sky blue and the sun bright. This combination has a significant effect on most people: they get the skis out.

While I prepare for the day, I glance through my email inbox, and humming to myself the tantric wisdom of JOMO (the Joy of Missing Out). “I don’t really need anything… I am good. I am immune. I have everything I need. I don’t even like a Canon Rebel T5, not even if it is 50% off.” Ah, yes, all those deals of all those things I potentially want. But not need. Can I close my eyes, and let this Black Friday after White Thanksgiving pass me by this year? Or will I get up electrified tomorrow morning, and jump in my car, and explore, caving fully to FOMO?

The wise plan is likely to figure out ahead of time, what I really need. Instead of being part of a swarm of shoppers, collectively tipsy from a Black Friday high, rummaging through the stores, leaves shelves look like they’ve been hit by the 8th plague.

But then, first things first. The snow was to be enjoyed and a wilderness adventure to be had before all the cooking, drinking and shopping would commence.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Snow galore!

This is my worst nightmare snowstorm scenario: you open the door and you can’t even get out anymore. The people of Buffalo, NY, just experienced it.

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Yes, the snowblower is ready. But….

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Some also made the best out of it.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Culture fest 2014

The international program of the University of Maine organizes the Culture Fest every fall. It brings out many of the international graduate students, wearing their traditional colorful clothes from their home country, showing exotic dances and (my favorite part) cooking fabulous flavorful dishes. Since some of my favorite people (and excellent cooks!) were participating up this year, I made sure to make it to the Rec Center early since by the afternoon most of the food is typical gone. Usually, the grad students look ‘americanized’ wearing similar clothes of jeans and sweatshirts in class. It is great to see the traditional garb worn with culture pride on such days, with all the diversity international culture has to offer. And, I had some fantastic Indian and Sri Lanka food plus a Saudi Arabian rice pudding.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

And then there was snow

So, we went from this beautiful fall…..

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…. right to this:

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It snowed all day yesterday, and the power went out several times. At some point I got the snow blower roaring and blasting snow billows to the side of the drive way. Unfortunately, the snow blower did not like the heavy, sleet saturated snow too much and at some point the chute clogged up. Ah, living in the Northeast.

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(those leaves are normally under the snow). I maneuvered the snow blower back to the garage and got the shovel out. At that point the town’s snow truck zipped by and swiftly lined up all the heavy snow from the street to.. my neighbor’s driveway and locking him in behind a 5 foot snow wall. Typically, that happens to my side.

This morning I peeked outside. Tons of kids playing could only mean one thing: snow day! The temperatures dropped and it froze overnight, and now those driveway snow walls are frozen solid. But the sun is out, the snow is slowly dripping, and I made my rounds and shook trees and brushes off their heavy load, helping the to stand up again.

When Athleta informed me about new winter wear this morning, I immediately zoomed in on this promising candidate: The adidas Choleah boot. It looks like a great “run in the snow and stay dry’ shoe. Or just a good shoe to wear while snowblowing, or to walk the dog?

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Well, it might be another 2 months until the next snow storm but winter is coming.