For the last couple months, I have been reading the book Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. It is a beautifully written book but for whatever reason, it seems to be taking me forever to finish. Regardless of this, it has been on my mind a good bit off and on since I began it because, as a woman, I identify with the plight of Anna. On a Thursday evening a few weeks ago, I convinced Colleen to meet me at the one theater in Charlotte that was still playing the movie and we let ourselves get completely wrapped up in the story and the aesthetic beauty and romantic quality of the movie. It is without a doubt, one of the most visually stunning and creative movies I have seen in a very long time. But it is also a very sad story that speaks to the role of women in the era in which it was written. I have been meaning to do a wedding story inspired by it for weeks, but for some reason trying to make a love story out of it just didn’t feel right. I may change my mind by the time I finish the book, but for now, I will just share some images inspired by the setting and the costumes, which themselves seem just perfect for a wintry wedding inspiration.
It doesn’t snow here very often. I kind of like it that way because when it does, the world shuts down. Quite seriously, it shuts down because everyone is so awful at driving in the ice and snow that most of us find it prudent to stay home. I can hear you northerners laughing from here. I think during our last major ice storm I decided it would be super fun to wreck into a exit ramp guardrail. (It was not actually fun.) We were treated to our first snow on Saturday. For several hours, our little city was a winter wonderland.
Corey got in a bit of a snowball fight with the neighbor’s dog. I’m pretty sure the dog won. He (Corey, not the dog) also attempted to get Pica into the snow spirit but she was less than pleased. He put her little paws in the snow and she was scraping her way back into the house.
The next morning, I was sad to see the snow start to melt. But let’s be honest, it was probably better for the sake of my car.
P.S. Also wanted to include this shot Megan took right at the end of her brunch. So pretty right? Sorry for too many pictures, I just get really excited about snow.
Of all of the months of the year, I have to say that February definitely seems to be one of the quietest. It seems pretty comfortable with the knowledge that its offerings of Valentine’s Day and Groundhog’s Day are pretty minor compared to what some of the fancier months have to offer and that most people are eagerly looking forward to March so we can start to see the light at the end of winter’s tunnel. But there is a certain charm to the quiet and February is when I seem to find myself enjoying it. It certainly gives you more time to be introspective which is something I quite like on occasion and with fewer happenings, it makes it much easier to hide from the world. And little breaks from the world are definitely just the ticket ever so often. Here is a playlist of songs that I like to listen to when I want to embrace the quiet.
I am fairly certain that a couple of these songs have been included in playlists in the past, but I am so confident that no one will even notice which ones that I am promising cookies to any person who identifies them. Not you Colleen.
Dear Atmosphere, Sun, Moon, Earth, Clouds, Global Warming, God, Buddha, President Obama and whatever and whoever else impacts the weather (probably Ryan Gosling too),
Today I am sending you a little plea. I know there are lots of important issues in the world to resolve and if it comes down to a choice between my silly little request or ending world hunger, please choose the latter. But just in case you can handle both, I wanted to let it be known that I would really like you to send me some snow. Now I am not asking for anything crazy like a blizzard or even any feet. A few inches would do just fine. Maybe 5 or 6? Hell, I would even take 3 or 4. Just make it enough for the world to shut down for a day or two. For things that normally move much too quickly to stand still. Enough so that sitting and drinking my mint hot chocolate with overflowing marshmallows and reading a book doesn’t make me feel guilty. Because it isn’t safe to drive so why not just sit. Enough so that it looks really bright outside even when it is cloudy. So that keeping my gas fireplace on all day and watching still DVRed Christmas movies seems reasonable. So that I can make snow cream. Or maybe just chocolate chip cookies. So that I can pretend I am 13 again and go sledding. And because last year when you didn’t let me have any it broke my heart just a little.