Oh winter.

by Holly on February 1, 2011

in dessert,photography,rambling,winter

Your thick white flakes wreak frizzy hair havoc on my curly locks.

My bones shudder with a seemingly permanent state of frozen when you force me to walk the mile to work wearing my very favorite striped tights.

Function over fashion, not I.

But how stunningly gorgeous you make even the simplest of daytime sceneries look.

Fresh layers of snow.

The first snow.

Sparkling, fluffy, magical, transformative, serene, childlike, white. Pure white.

That is until it turns yellow.

February arrives, and you decide to grace our earthly presence with a whirling twirling blowing snowing bounty of flakes. Not the good kind.

Then, I tend to not like you anymore.

You cost me $9 cab rides home.

You tease me with the promise of unfulfilled snow days.

You mercilessly take it out on my poor car by burying it in 3-foot drifts.

Snow gets inside my winter boots.

My eyeglasses are in desperate need of windshield wipers.

And only the thought of eating cold ice cream, drinking hot tea and reading two of my favorite magazines while wrapped in my favorite fleece blanket in the comfort of my own apartment keeps me from going absolutely insane with snow-hating rage.

Oh winter, how I love to hate you.


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Madeline - Greens and Jeans February 1, 2011 at 9:20 pm

cute boots!

And you KNOW I support striped tights.

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Love this post – make me not feel so bad about loving snowmageddon outside right now.

Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 1, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Le sigh… i love winter when i don’t have to drive in it!

Jessica February 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Snowpocalypse is a bitch. An evil evil bitch.

Amber February 1, 2011 at 9:42 pm

I’m done with winter too!

amanda February 1, 2011 at 9:45 pm

“Your thick white flakes wreak frizzy hair havoc on my curly locks.” try saying that 5 times fast!

ummm…yeah. snow is awesome. right up until it’s not.

Amy H February 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm

-8* today. WTF. I hate winter so freaking much. I need to take control of my life and just move somewhere warm and tropical already.

Amy B @ Second City Randomness February 1, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I left my snow boots at work. Fail…

Ashley @ 365 things February 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I think we’re all snowed and wintered out. I know I’m ready for some HEAT!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 1, 2011 at 10:51 pm

stay warm. or just move to So Cal :)

Kaleigh February 1, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Beautiful pictures!! And very cute tights :)

Eden February 2, 2011 at 12:40 am

I second averie. Shack up with me in LA. The lows are in the 50’s and the only thing that turns yellow are traffic lights.

K - Anywhere There's An Airport February 2, 2011 at 2:41 am

Exactly what I needed to read as I settle in to the Madrid cold… it’s just so easy to get used to Florida weather. While home this past time it dawned on me, “…and this is why people move to Florida!”

Denice Anderson February 2, 2011 at 3:15 am

Hey! You don’t seem like the person that likes to be a hater, so you should take up snowboarding! You would then grow the love the snow and the fluffy white flakes and all they have to offer. The sight would bring you pure joy! *Sign* Oh how I love the snow!

Erica February 2, 2011 at 5:37 am

bah! The whole country seems blanketed in ugly weather today! Hope you’re staying safe & warm up there. I drink smoothies under blankets with the fire on in the winter sometimes….it cracks me up :) So worth it!

Lauren February 2, 2011 at 5:53 am

I second this! I hate hate hate winter. Nothing about it appeals to me. Even the beauty after a first snow. I could so live without snow.

Sarah February 2, 2011 at 6:32 am

Hot tea, ice cream, AND Real Simple? You just made snow days look so good.

Susan February 2, 2011 at 6:44 am

Winter is a bad, but handsome, boyfriend.

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 2, 2011 at 7:31 am

(1) Your boots = love! So cute!!

(2) “Oh winter, how I love to hate you.” <—most favorite line ever.

(3) Drinking tea, eating icecream, and reading magazines are such a great way to enjoy a frigid winters day. Love it! :D

Eliz@The Sweet Life February 2, 2011 at 7:44 am

Odd how it can be so beautiful and so aggravating at the same time, right?!

rebecca lustig February 2, 2011 at 8:00 am

ice cream +tea = fabulous combo

Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans February 2, 2011 at 8:05 am


Low February 2, 2011 at 8:23 am

I echo your sentiments! I crave warm weather.

Love the boots and tights though chica!

brandi February 2, 2011 at 8:40 am

love the tights!!!
love the boots.
love the tea + ice cream.
love ya, girl!

Emily February 2, 2011 at 10:17 am

Ice Cream + Tea = the best nightcap. -33 at my parents’ house in Wyo today. Glad it’s only 9 here :) xoxo

Katie February 2, 2011 at 10:47 am

I love that you are eating ice cream when it’s the dead of winter – I am doing the same thing. At lunchtime. Also, I love your tights and stay warm!

Erica D (Gratitouille) February 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

My school is literally the only school open in all of Colorado Springs. Maybe the county. Because it’s below 0. But I still want ice cream!!

dana @ my little celebration February 2, 2011 at 11:01 am

Holly, this is a beautiful post. I’ve read it thrice now and have loved it more each time.

I love to hate winter, too. I find snow so lovely, except when driving on it. But running through it is simply delightful.

I now sit in eager anticipation of your giveaway winner announcement. I want that coconut oil oh so badly.

Christine @ Merf In Progress February 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I think I just hate winter. No love involved.

One Healthy Apple February 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm

This is a fun and whimsical post- I love the look of the snow…but I don’t do well in snow at all! The only reason I like winter is because of my birthday ;)

Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free February 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Snow dayyy! Yes, I’m from Madison! Those pictures don’t give justice to the depths of snow we actually have today, but they’re beautiful!

Andrea@WellnessNotes February 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Cute boots! Hope you are managing to stay warm and cozy! :)

Gillian February 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Striped tights, ice cream and Oprah? Baby you make winter look gooooood!

Stephanie @ Thorns Have Roses February 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Cute tights!

Caroline February 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Love your photos! Especially the one with the boots! I hate winter too, I’m so done with this weather!

Lauren February 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I love your tights too :)

Sarah @ onelovesarah February 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm

you make the snow look so pretty! but I don’t even know how I would begin to handle snow and that type of cold

(what runs) Lori February 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Right there with ya! Winter is kind of a drag… I don’t envy those with snowy settings. It’s sunny here in California. :)

Jess February 2, 2011 at 7:42 pm

That snow looks so pretty! But there are so many downfalls to it, too…That tea and a mag sounds great to me <3

elise February 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm

tea and ice cream. its like a big mac and diet soda. ok not at all.

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