Snow Days as an Adult

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The Lake behind our house. I took this picture on Sunday and the lake was half frozen and half slush

Friday we were hit with a pretty insane snow storm. It started snowing around 10am on Friday and didn’t stop until Saturday night, maybe around 9 or 10pm. I’ve heard various reports on how much snow we got, but it is close to 18 inches! If I stand in the middle of our yard the snow comes up to my knees!!! I remember in high school and college really loving snow days because I knew, or thought I knew, that once I was in “the real world” snow days would disappear forever. Turns out I was wrong and I couldn’t be happier to be incorrect about something. The last few days have been interesting because we haven’t stuck to our normal schedule at all, but I thought I should still share an update on what John and I have been up to over the last three days.

FRIDAY: Friday I had the day off I had scheduled  a doctors appoint and it was my birthday, but other than that no plans.  John’s boss decided to close the office with the impending weather and John was able to work from home. I moved my doctors appointment to 9am which turned out to be a smart move because it was snowing pretty hard by 10am when I left the doctor’s office. On the way home I did run into A.C. Moore and buy some yarn, I’m attempting to knit Otis a new sweater, and then did a quick stop by the grocery store as well. Oddly enough there was bread and milk, but no soup, powder doughnuts (which I was there to buy), or orange juice. John and I celebrated my birthday, sort of, we couldn’t go out to dinner because of the snow, but he did give me my gifts and a Cold Stone Ice Cream cake. We then took Otis on a walk, he refuses to use the bathroom in the snow so it’s always a long ordeal, and hung out on the couch and watched tv and a James Bond movie.

SATURDAY: I got up and made waffles for breakfast, John’s request, then made some taco soup for dinner, some snow day treats for us to munch on throughout the day, cleaned the kitchen, started Otis’s sweater, and worked on The Frosted Pumpkin cross stitch sampler for Wallace’s room. John and I took Otis on two long walks because, again, getting him to go to the bathroom in the snow is a huge effort, then we watched Bridge of Spies and spent the rest of the night just hanging out.

SUNDAY FUNDAY: Well, not so much Sunday Funday for me. John and I took Otis for a walk first thing in the morning. The sun was out, a plow truck had come through, and other dogs were running around so we knew Otis would use the bathroom quickly. When we got back I realized my hands and legs were terrible swollen. In fact, my right hand was so swollen I couldn’t hold a fork. I immediately began drinking tons of water, this usually helps, and put my feet up on the table to wait for the swelling to go down. Eventually I took a 3-hour nap then spent the rest of the day in bed or on the couch online shopping for the baby, we finally picked out all the furniture and decorations except for the glider, and whining to John that my right hand hurt it was so swollen. I left the safety of the bed for one more walk with Otis, dinner, and random moments to do laundry. I can’t lie, I really did enjoy our snow days and I’m not too thrilled about having to go to work today seeing as there is still about 18 inches of snow outside and people are unpredictable when it comes to driving in snow and ice, but like a kid in school, I’m hopeful we will get sent home early. #fingerscrossed

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Red + Gray

We are currently snowed in, which isn’t too bad because I can hang out in sweatpants all day. However being stuck indoors can create other issues like pigging out on junk food and cabin fever. In an effort to fight boredom I was going through my closet and I came up with a what I’d be wearing if I weren’t pregnant outfit. Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying being pregnant, except for the swelling and struggle of finding maternity clothes I really like, but at the same time I can’t wait for Wallace to get here so we can finally meet him. To those of you fighting the snow, please be safe and enjoy your time indoors. 🙂

red and gray

Cashmere Turtle Neck / Watch / Scarf (last year similar linked) / Light Gray Tee / Bag / Skirt (limited selection of colors left) / Boots / Brown Tights

 

A Few of My favorite “Pregnancy” Items

I am currently 24 weeks into my pregnancy, and I’m so lucky to not have any problems or complications. There are some days I feel huge and then other days where I don’t feel pregnant at all. For some time now my co-workers, friends, and family were saying that I didn’t look pregnant. To be honest, this somewhat depended on what I was wearing. I’ve been favoring lose fitting tops and either an open cardigan or vest lately. I guess the loose clothing was hiding my bump. I suppose from head on I don’t really look too pregnant… I’m not sure. Either way all this you don’t look pregnant has changed within the last few weeks and I have rounded out quite a bit and I’m happy to say I’m developing that pregnancy sway/swagger J

Since this is my first pregnancy I’m figuring most things out as I go, not to say I’m not texting my friends who have had babies like crazy. My poor friend Liz, I think I text her every day. But being the amazing soul that she is, she always answers and says it’s never a bother and loves talking about pregnancy and babies. Anyway, I wanted to pop in and post some links to a few items I have really grown to love and have helped me with my pregnancy. If anyone has any recommendations for products they used and love, I’d love to hear them.

 

  1. Stretch Mark Intensive Care Lotion– Luckily I don’t have any stretch marks, and I don’t know whether it can be contributed to good genes or this lotion, but either way, I use this stuff twice a day every day. Once in the morning when I get dressed and then again after my shower before bed.
  2. Cetaphil Lotion– my grandmother gave me a jar of Cetaphil a few years ago when I was visiting her and complaining about my dry skin. I stopped using it for a while, for whatever reason, but then I noticed that pregnancy was giving me dry skin so I started using Cetaphil again. No problems since. Side note, if you have a Costco membership you can buy 2 huge bottles for $9!
  3. Clinique smart custom repair serum– I just love this stuff; it’s worth every penny. I’m getting my mom some for Mother’s Day. Shhh don’t tell her
  4.  Yetti– my sister’s boyfriend gave her one of the thermoses for Christmas and I got one soon after. This is a great gift regardless of the holiday, but it’s even better for pregnant women because it really does keep your cold drinks ice cold. Perfect for water considering how much one is required to drink in a day.
  5. J. Crew puffer vest– I took inventory last weekend, I have 6, yes 6 J. Crew puffer vests. I love these so much. The vests are great for layering and aren’t super puffy, which keeps me from feeling like a marshmallow. Pregnancy style can be a little tricky and I feel like wearing the vest can add a little interest to my outfits that I’d otherwise be missing.
  6. Open cardigans– same explanation as above.
  7. Birkenstock clogs– my stomach is making it harder and harder to bend over and tie shoes. So I’m relaying more and more on flats and moccasins. But for those days where my feet are a bit swollen or I want to go casual, I head straight for my Birkenstocks. I love that I just slip my foot in. #theeasierthebetter
  8. Heating Padno explanation needed.