I rotate my desktop wallpapers seasonally; there aren't any windows near my cube, so I like to have on my computer at least an approximation of what the weather might be like outside. I've had a snowy lamp-post picture up since it started getting cold last year, but it never really felt appropriate until now. What a lovely, thick white snow -- while I was out brushing powdery fluff off my car yesterday, the neighbor couldn't stop remarking on it. "This is beautiful," he kept saying, "it's so beautiful today."
I hadn't meant to take the day off, to be honest. I woke up on time, saw the snow, and decided I'd leave the house when the snow let up. I even went outside and cleaned off the car, in preparation for heading out. But instead of tapering off, the snow actually fell more and more thickly, until I finally threw in the towel around noon and called in. My workplace offers flexible work hours, and by gum I was going to be flexible. (This means working longer hours to make up for it later, but hey, at least I got to have a snow day.)
So instead of going to work, I sat at home with a cup of tea, did my taxes, bothered the cat, and caught up with some reading. Did a lot of shoveling, too; it was nice getting some physical activity outside. I like how snow simplifies the landscape; it coats over all the different colors and all you're left with is white snow, blue sky, brown trees: a three-color palette. I walked to the cafeteria today and was startled by the sheer whiteness of the light from the windows. I'd forgotten how snow-coated everything was.
The slight chill in my cubicle makes me wish I had a blanket, or a shawl. Or even, possibly, a Snuggie. (The Snuggie is a TV commercial product that K and I have been mocking ever since it first appeared. It's a fleece blanket with sleeves, essentially a robe that one can put on backwards. The commercial is hilarious. Look, it says, now you can wear a blanket and read a book! or work on a laptop! which are things that one can easily do with a normal blanket, but people apparently like sending in the cash to look like monks while lounging at home.) I mention it because the NYT recently had a reporter test the claim
that the Snuggie is perfect for the outdoors. The picture slide show is pretty amusing too.