This whirlwind of a week and a half has passed me by, and I cannot believe it is almost time for Valentine's Day. In the span of a week and a half I have turned 22, started teaching almost a full-day of school (minus math, ick!), and dealt with an accumulation of 4 feet of snow (seriously!).
My birthday was pretty uneventful (especially when compared to my 21st birthday shenanigans)- my parents came up the Sunday before and took J and I out all over Philly. We ate at the White Dog Cafe - an all organic, sustainable restaurant that was built in an old Brownstone in Philly. It was absolutely fabulous. We wandered around the Museum of Contemporary Art, where even I was confused by some of the pieces there, and couldn't even understand or appreciate the thought behind them (what is the point or meaning behind a naked man jumping in snow for thirty minutes). After that, we headed back to my apartment, where naturally, we all ended up falling asleep until our dinner reservation at Redstone, which was absolutely lovely. Redstone is a chain, and if any of you have one nearby, I would highly recommend it! Later on, friends came over for delicious homemade birthday cake compliments of my mom, who is a fabulous baker, which wrapped up a lovely evening.
Apparently I was in a very "beige" mood that day...
On my actual birthday, J took me out to dinner in Philly, which was a lot of fun, and a great way to unwind from a stressful day of student teaching! It's always fun getting dressed up and going out to eat =)
Officially 22! (Baby J is still 21).
And then came the blizzard of 2010.
The forecast for last Friday night called for snow - lots of it. Enough that my school had an early dismissal (which was great trying to get 22 fourth graders to pay attention to a spelling test), and that work for that night was canceled. 6:00 passed by with no sign of snow, and I began to groan thinking of all the money that I could make (and the birthday present I was likely to receive from the family I work for). Around 8:00 though, the snow came pouring down.
When I awoke the next morning and looked out my window, I couldn't see anything - snow was absolutely everywhere and it was blinding.
Veryyy deep snow.
So my friends and I decided to take full advantage of the beautiful, snow covered campus, so we put on our warmest (and in my case as you will see by the pictures, ugliest) clothing, and ventured out into the winter wonderland.
A, M, and J: Roomie Christmas card 2010.
Apparently A is very dedicated to getting a good picture.
Pretty snow covered dining commons.
Christmas Card 2010.
We thought the snow was behind us, but no - starting on Tuesday night, the snow came down more and more, accumulating another 20 inches! We all enjoyed it (especially moi - I have off tomorrow as well which makes a 6 day weekend!), but now it's at the point where our shoulders and backs are aching from shoveling our cars out (I know this would not have happened back when I was 21), and we're a little bored from being cooped up all the time. And now MORE snow is predicted for Monday night, ahh!
A day when you're snowed in definitely calls for a grilled cheese sandwich with pea soup. Yummo!
By the end of the day, these trees were COVERED in snow!
For all of you who have braved the blizzard, I hope you're safe and doing well - and for all my west coast friends, I envy the fact that you can lay out and enjoy the sunshine (without being blinded from the snow!). Love you all - have a fabulous Valentine's Day, whether you're in a relationship, or doing your own thing. (As for J and I, we're going away for the weekend, hopefully getting yummy food somewhere and just relaxing and enjoying the company of each other! Yayyy for getaways - it's our first!). You're all so lovely and wonderful. xox
(Not that you would, but these pictures are all my own, so please don't use them without my permission. Thanks, darlings).
*I am so saddened by the death of Alexander McQueen. His designs were always so exquisite, and he had an eye like none other. The fashion world has truly lost an icon.