Scenes From Snowpocalypse ’16!

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When I woke up to get ready for work last Friday morning, after a warm-but-kind-of-rainy evening in Northampton the night before- my heart dropped into the pit of my stomach when I looked out my window and saw the beginnings of what looked like a horrendous blizzard. The roads were awful (not only did my car slide all over the place- but so did I when I tried walking to the entrance of my office), it was so bitterly cold outside- and no one knew when it was scheduled to stop- making being trapped at work for the weekend until my co-workers and I could dig ourselves and our vehicles out of our parking lot an actual possibility.

To say I had panic-inducing flashbacks of last Winter’s endless onslaught of snow and ice storms would be an understatement- and not even the large quantities of pizza my company sent us to get us through the day could put my mind at ease. I just kept thinking about the shoveling, the cabin fever I experienced throughout last January-March, the shoveling, dodging sliding vehicles when I braved the outside world- the shoveling…

Thankfully, by the time I left for the day- the snow had stopped and the sun had actually come out. Sure, it took the help of two of my co-workers to dig my car out of the snow so I could get home (and the roads weren’t nearly as bad as they had been in the morning!) but it was the post-storm scenery that stopped me in my tracks. In all the years I’ve lived in New England- I’ve never, not once- seen the trees look the way they did on Friday afternoon. They were all covered in so much snow that they didn’t even look real. I had to stop and take a few photos before the temperatures rose again and everything began to melt.

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I’ve been keeping warm these past few days between my home and my office in my usual fashion- bundling up in all the layers ever, drinking plenty of hot cocoa (with marshmallows, of course!), and getting as much writing done as I can here on ‘Legally Redhead’ from the comfort under my fleece blankets.  It’s been a fun little balancing act between work, play, and blogging- one that has definitely kept me busy!

But, of course, I managed to put aside the time this past weekend to enjoy the Super Bowl, the advertisements (I’m still really, really confused by that “Puppy Monkey Baby” thing,) and do what everyone does during the big game- stuff my face with the unhealthiest foods imaginable. Last year, my contribution to my friends’ annual Super Bowl party was an impressive buffalo chicken dip. This year- I opted for tater tot nachos (served on paper plates, because amped up football fans and breakable dishware is not a good combination.)

Like conventional tortilla chip nachos, there are literally 100+ ways to prepare tater tot ones depending on your tastes and how much time you have to get the ingredients together and do a little cooking- but I chose the fail-proof old fashioned method of cooking up the tots, spreading an even layer of seasoned ground beef and shredded cheese over them in a glass bowl, heating them in the stove until the cheese melted- and then smothering them in shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and sour cream (salsa and guacamole were separate!)

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They were a pretty big hit. I’m thinking my next attempt will incorporate Monterrey Jack and maybe some Gouda cheeses. The possibilities with these are endless!

And now that you’ve all been given the updates on the past few snowy days- I’m getting ready to share some fun collaborations I’ve been working on, review a couple of my monthly subscription services, and dive into my February Hits List in the coming days!

‘Til next time!

xx

The Cabin Fever Chronicles

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Blizzard Brunch! 2/15/15

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Good afternoon and Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day (and belated Galentine’s Day to all my fellow fabulous females out there!) It should come no surprise at this point, but yesterday saw another snowstorm hit New England. As a result, today is seeing another city-wide shut-down in effect while emergency crews attempt to clear roadways and side streets for what feels like the hundredth time in the past few weeks. The silver lining in the aftermath of this most recent storm- the sun is out right now!- is unfortunately overshadowed by the fact that there are 45 MPH winds whipping violently outside, causing the (current) “Feels Like” temperature to be a staggering -17°F.

Maybe it’s just because I’m finally starting to crack under longstanding cabin fever (I’ve been mostly confined to only two locations- my home and my office- within the past week,) but the non-stop snow, the frigid temperatures- the undeniable inconvenience these storms have caused so many- is starting to become less depressing and more comical, really. If anything, the resulting memes and funny photos I’ve been seeing posted and shared on social media in recent days have helped keep my spirits up. You can say a lot about New Englanders (and specifically, Bostonians-) we’re not the most levelheaded and cautious of drivers, for example- or our sports teams take priority over nearly everything else going on in the world, and our accents are cause for numerous parodies- but at least we have good senses of humor about things.

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Prior to the storm, I did manage to venture out on Friday night to slip and slide on the iced over sidewalks and have dinner and a couple of drinks with my dear friend Evan at Beat Hotel in Harvard Square. Nothing warms me up more than live jazz bands and amazing food (I highly recommend the Mahi Mahi fish tacos!) so it was a nice way to break up the routine I’ve fallen into as of late. If you’re ever in Cambridge and looking for a great meal in a lovely setting with phenomenal live music- the Beat Hotel is your place.

The only regrettable part to last night’s storm- for me, anyway- is that it caused me to miss the evening’s events at StyleWeek Northeast due to unsafe driving conditions. I had been looking forward to seeing the latest designs from Angelica Timas and Shalyn Webber, among others- but I’m hoping I’ll be able to catch another event soon once Mother Nature decides to show us a little bit of mercy.

In somewhat fashion related, but mostly blog-centric news- at the end of January I had mentioned in my “In a Nutshell” post that I had hoped to start sharing some of my favorite pieces and ensembles again beginning this month (it’s been forever and a day since I’ve made a “Closet Crushes” post!) and I still have every intention of doing it- but the very idea of standing outdoors and attempting to pose with the wind howling outside the way it is right now is enough to make me shiver where I sit and pull my blankets around me a little tighter. I’m really going to try to pull a couple of posts off within the next week or so!

Until then, I’ll be having another long, hot soak in the tub this evening in preparation for tonight’s “The Walking Dinner,” where I prepare a meal to munch on while the new episode of “The Walking Dead” airs. Here’s hoping the power doesn’t go out!

Stay warm out there, everyone!

xx

January 2015: In a Nutshell.

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January20151If January was any indication as to how the rest of 2015 may go- then I’m more than satisfied and excited for it! (and I really hope I’m not jinxing myself by writing that.) I had said at the end of 2014 that I hoped to slow down and enjoy more this coming year- and I didn’t waste any time in doing that this past month. From ringing in the new year in a beautiful and romantic bed & breakfast in Salem, spending a rainy afternoon in a gorgeous library in New York City, to having a fun (and impossibly geeky!) Marvel-centric birthday- and my recent post-birthday weekend in my beloved San Diego.

To close out the month following my return from the West Coast, I spent a couple of very lazy days with Sean at the apartment while we waited out one of the worst, most intense and record-shattering blizzards to ever hit the Northeast. With nearly three feet of snow accumulating along roads, sidewalks- and burying my car over the course of nearly 48 hours- there was little more we could do apart from play plenty of “Resident Evil 6,” keep the ‘Game of Thrones’ votive candles lit in case we lost power- and try to channel a little piece of San Diego by having ourselves a taco night while we watched the flakes fall outside.

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Having successfully been able to shovel out my car and return to the outside world (and my office) as usual- I’ve started making plans for February- and preparing projects and posts for the blog! I’m hoping to do some more traveling, attend a couple of upcoming events in the New England area, shine a spotlight on some of my favorite local spots, share some pieces from my wardrobe- as well as my winter hair care regimen- and get ready for the return of “The Walking Dead!”

Of course, I’ll be kicking off this coming month with tomorrow night’s Super Bowl (complete with a party at my friends’ place to watch the game,) so I’m sure I’ll have a couple of semi-unhealthy recipe posts coming up shortly, too!

xx