Monday, 9 February 2009

Things look nicer with snow on

I went to a Yoga class this afternoon which was a bit of a mistake, as it turned out not at all to be the relaxing kind of Yoga that we know and love, but the hardcore sweat-inducing kind which did nothing to soothe the monster period cramps I've had all day.

Oddly, though, I do feel better after it. Must be the endorfins from the pain of one too many warrior poses, methinks.

While I was toiling away trying to put my knees down next to my ears and such, about 15 more cm of snow fell outside. I really feel like a child at Chrismas, I think I have acquired that British feeling of wonder, as if snow is not something that happens every year, several times a year. I had a huge urge to make an angel on our balcony, but managed to restrain myself, as that would mean cold and more cramps.

So I decided sod the exam later this week, I only need to pass and I think I'll be able to do that already, as the syllabus is quite small and I did A-level maths, so it's not as hard for me as it is for most other people who don't know what an independent variable is.

I've decided to finish off my latest knitting project over some hot chocolate. My new favourite recipe is very much helped by Hotel Chocolat's Aztec Liquid Chocolate, which has a hint of chili to it, perfect for cold evenings. My twist is to add a good spoonful of good-quality honey to it to give it that childish sweetness for which I'm sure Hotel Chocolate meant for their dark flakes to be an antidote.
I make it with soya milk as I'm on a no dairy drive. Nobody told my parents that dairy and Asians don't mix, but I'm doing what I can to patch that slightly unfortunate issue up at the moment.

The hot chocolate still tastes as good with soy as it does with skim milk, but of course the poor bean can't compete with full fat moo moo. That's just too much to expect from a poor plant.

And, I just had to post a snow picture to end this entry.. People constantly stare at me as if I'm some kind of misplaced tourist who got the cruise ship seasons all wrong, as I have been photographing everything from recycling bins to street signs that looked "nicer with snow on".

This photo, I actually really like. A very Bergman-esque street I came across when the snow arrived last week. Isn't it romantic? If only I was guaranteed this kind of weather all winter, I would push J until he agreed to a winter wedding.

So, now for the knitting!

6 comments:

  1. When it snows in the UK the country comes to a halt, when it rains here in southern Callyfornia the same thing. I was out taking pics in the rain as I actually miss it.

    I too am trying to learn more empathy but find its ok not to care about many people.

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  2. Yeh, I remember when I lived there, it rained like 4 times the whole year and each time it was "like, totally awesome", to put it in the local vernacular. It's weird. When there are no seasons, it's almost as if time doesn't pass.

    I actually think Southern England has my perfect climate. You can grow tomatoes, but it rains enough to make you really appreciate the sun.

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  3. Wow Snow!! We're on fire here in Australia - literally! We are experiencing our worst natural disaster in our recorded history.
    Entire communities have been burnt to the ground and many have lost their lives.

    On a lighter note.... You mentioned rats on yr visit to me.....eeek I don't like them as much as I don't like snakes! Mind you snake or rat... I guess I'd go for rat :-)

    Best wishes

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  4. This year the snow seems to have had a strange effect on us all, probably because there is so much of it. We all seem a bit softer and fluffier. So a snowy winter wedding would be perfect, can't you find a venue in that beautiful street.

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  5. Beautiful street. I am envious of the snow but I must say that I'm not envious of the cold weather required to get it. lol
    Being in Florida......I haven't seen snow in many, many years.Dawn from OIA

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