Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cooped


One of the best surprises I can imagine is seven fluffy inches storming in to hide the town.
I woke lazy on Saturday morning to the quiet brightness that only happens when the little world is pulled in at the edges by the collective, hushed resolve to throw in the towel and just stay home.

The doors were all closed, the streets a ghost-town. And still, it felt like a certain kind of community, a solidarity in our willingness to open our fists from around all our plans and just ride the sucker out.


Sometimes, the best Saturdays are not spent as much as they are whiled away.
So we padded around in pajamas and yesterday's socks and slow-cooked pork tacos while we napped for hours and watched another movie.

The kids did their weirdo-kid thing and opted to play in the elements. Not once, but twice. Oy.


And in between, we stirred warm drinks with our friend from down the street while she laughed at my (non)hairdo and asked about the birthmark on my face. She'd never noticed it before. We opened the door to our raging mess and marveled at the way an interrupted day can turn out to be the salviest balm.

Who knew it could be so good? To just be stuck together, insulated by my very favorite people while the sky falls down around us in whispers and heaps. Eating and resting, laughing and being. No chores or lists or constricting fabrics.

We talked after dark about calling a snow day every month, but I have to wonder if some of the magic would be lost in willing it to be, in deciding for ourselves. Because while I'm all for spinning straw into gold most days, not all gifts are meant to be recreated and some of the best adventures happen when we yield to being stuck.


ps - Sweet chili slaw on top of the pork tacos. Hello, game-changer!


*I'm linking up to my homegirl Emily's Tuesdays Unwrapped where we're all unwrapping simple gifts.

30 comments:

  1. This post was so beautiful, you sure have a way with words! Thanks for sharing it with us all. :-)

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  2. Your Saturday sounds fabulous! And I agree....some things you just can't recreate!

    Am printing out the recipe as we speak...though I have NO idea where to buy sweet chili sauce....do tell?

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    1. I think you can find it at most stores in the little Asian section? Our Meijer and Kroger both have it. :)

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  3. you make me cry this morning and I don't even know why.
    i love the way your heart views the things your eyes see.
    (and put some radishes and mango lime salsa on those pork tacos. you'll die.)

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  4. Shannan, hello from Florida! This post makes me lament our lack of seasons here in the Sunshine state. Thanks for the links to the killer recipes. I will be pinning those as soon as I get home to my PC.

    I love days like this when you get to slow down and just "be." :)

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  5. Wishing for some snow down here in NC... :-)

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  6. These are the BEST kind of days.

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  7. You are sounding more and more like your mother each and every year!! Sure wish I could have been there to hang out with some of my favorite people. I would have added home made cookies to the game. See you real soon.

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  8. Ooo it was like an early Christmas gift. That is what I love about Christmas...everything just slows down once we get there and we snuggle and take time for peace and each other.

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  9. We spent Saturday wrapped up in our home cocoon too. It was divine.

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  10. These are my favourite kinds of days in the whole, wide world :)

    ...and the best of memories are created during them too

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  11. Lovely.... and I'm totally coveting your Ruby Falls mug. Honeymooned there. :)

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  12. i hunkered down wearing my favorite pair of gym shorts and my ugly fuzzy socks, all the time glued to the tube watching Bugsy Malone.......i was stuck, and i was enjoying every last minute of it...... your words always make me feel apart of.
    ~g~ox

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  13. The unplanned beautiful is the best kind. There is a magic to just yielding to the moment instead of willing it to be or recreating it later. What a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Oh well this makes me smile and almost hoping for a day of being stuck. I'm in Chicago so there is always a good chance for that. Truly beautiful!
    Blessings,
    Beth

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  15. Excellent writing. Seriously.

    -Angie

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  16. No chores, no constricting fabrics--my must-have's for an indoor day too:)

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  17. The very best way to spend a snow day. Beautifully written. Now I'm praying for snow!

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  18. All the sweetness and warmth of this post and all I can think of is "what? You have a birth mark on your face??"

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    1. Hahahaaa! You didn't know? It's SUCH an annoyance. People think I have a black eye sometimes. :/ Come over sometime and I'll show ya. :) Miss you!

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    2. OMW. I'm at Mom and Dad's house. It's me, Shannan! :D

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  19. All the sweetness and warmth of this post and all I can think of is "what? You have a birth mark on your face??"

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  20. Alrighty then - I don't know HOW you just did that - but now, finally, I actually WANT snow?! (Well played, Winter. Well played!)

    Oh - and this? Yeah - this is going on my list of Awesome for the weekend!

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    1. And now....it's raining cats & dogs and the snow is G.O.N.E.! :/

      Thanks for the love, Sister.

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  21. My ears loved your beautiful way with words.

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  22. Yes to this: "Not all gifts are meant to be recreated and some of the best adventures happen when we yield to being stuck." You just can't re-create snow days, and they're such a good excuse for non-restrictive fabrics and hot drinks with neighbors!

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  23. "...yield to being stuck", well stated. To know the wisdom of this is that blessings will follow.

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  24. snow days are so excellent for spontaneous retreating.

    your slow cooker meal sounds perfect- love the crunchy slaw topping too!

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