The little joys of winter.

Hands down, autumn is my favorite season. Spring is a close second. Both, to me, are like bursting out from under water to pure, fresh air…that’s a bit extreme, maybe. But summer weather is too much for me. I don’t like humidity and sweating. Winter isn’t awful, but looking like a marshmallow all the time does get a bit old. And my body temp is cold by default, so below freezing temperatures don’t help me.

HOWEVER, I don’t hate it. And there are little things that make this season enjoyable for me and get me through it. Besides the obvious, like Christmas and snow (in moderation), I find myself [a bit too] excited over sunny days, homemade lattes, netflix, board games, and more.

Winter

There’s something to be said for a frigid day and bright sun. Like this morning, the light through our balcony window is blinding and it’s only 10 degrees. But we’re still excited to go for a walk. Winter vitamin D. It’s hard to get sometimes, but it’s worth it when you do. And it makes the cold more bearable.

And then there’s the homemade lattes. With our remaining Macy’s and Crate and Barrel gift cards from the wedding, we got a couple little things on sale and they’ve made a little bit of difference to our weekend mornings. We bought this espresso maker and this frother. Both work so well and kick our morning caffeine up a notch. Pleasantly enjoyed while we indulge in Parks & Recreation – Netflix’s greatest gift to my life.

And finally…if being inside is our best option (which it typically is), we’re fine with just playing a board game or catching up on some reading that doesn’t happen during the week. In the nicer weather, there’s more of a pull do “do stuff.” And we love doing. We love going for walks, looking at homes, going out and getting things done. But sometimes it’s nice to have an excuse to stay in, spend a couple hours reheating my drink, or read my book with candles lit all around.

So for now, I’ll take it, January. God has made everything appropriate for its time. [Ecc 3:11]

Our New Favorite Game

…that we’re slightly addicted to. Is “Sequence”.

I hear it’s a super old game, everyone’s probably heard of it, but I had never once encountered it. Lately we’ve wanted to get some games to have on hand for a Friday night in (which is, umm, every Friday night) or if we had people over. So for Christmas, my family got us Scrabble, Sequence, Apples to Apples, and Cranium (ask for an apple and ya get the whole tree with this crowd).

I love Apples to Apples and Cranium, but you need more people. Scrabble, sadly, always ends in one of us (me…it’s always me) being deeply upset and miserable. I don’t know why – maybe I’m self conscious of my inability to look at random letters and form words. We try it out every couple of months or so (like we did a couple of nights ago), but we were just reminded of why we don’t play it. So we’ll possibly bring it out for a group of people…maybe.

But Sequence! Gosh is it addicting! I could be enjoying it so much because I have a 4:1 record with Kevin right now…but nonetheless, it’s quick, it’s chance & a bit of strategy (probably more chance). We’ve played like 10 times in the past two days. If you’re looking for a good board game for just two people, I’d recommend this one!