If you know anyone that lives in Portland, you probably now know that it snowed here a couple days ago. It's a funny thing, snow in Portland. Our city is not prepared for it, so it's a big ol' mess (but fun mess) whenever it snows.
School gets closed, people get stuck at home because of icy roads, and everyone becomes a child again. A couple years ago, during Snowpocalypse, I didn't work for over a week. There was a two inch layer of ice above inches of snow. Everyone got text messages saying not to leave home. Going outside was a winter wonderland. Where there was a hill there were people sledding with trashcan lids, kayaks, tubes, and skateboards. People were cross country skiing everywhere. Brick and mortars were closed, signs were turned upside down, there were snowmen in trees, it was Portland at its best cooky self.
I grew up in Salt Lake, so I miss the snow all the time. When I first moved to Portland, I thought I could go the rest of my life without a full fledged winter, snow blizzards and all, again. But, every once in a while in the winter I'll get a whiff of that dry cold and miss all of it, even driving at night not being able to see anything but big fluffy snowflakes shooting towards the windshield. It looks just like shooting into lightening speed in the Millennium Falcon.
Work had to be done from home that day. I didn't get much done though, I went around collecting firewood for the fireplace and getting supples in case I ended up being snowed in for the next few days. It somehow ended up feeling like a long day. Kyle and I went on a walk to look for our cat. Despite the freezing weather, he demanded to be let outside to play. After a while, he hadn't come home, and we were afraid he froze to death somewhere, so went to find him. We didn't find him, but he came home soon after happy and ready to sit by the fireplace.
Made myself a big cup of hot chocolate, mostly marshmallows dipped in hot chocolate. Did a bit of computer work for one of my other side jobs, and made some Everlasting Bouquets to sell at Orn Hansen. Later a friend came over and I baked her sugar cookies. I'm testing out different recipes for a cookie decorating party I'm hosting tomorrow.
And now, all the snow is gone. Everything has gone back to normal, as if it never happened.