“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?” — J. B. Priestley
As much as I am an advocate for small things in life, I am a huge fan of big presents. I have TONS of great, large gifts waiting to give my family and Sam’s, and I just think that opening a big present is WAY better than opening up a tiny one.
But those little moments in life are like the big presents. They are exciting to see, and even more exciting to be apart of. Such as the last few days down here in Madison. Campus is moving a little slower lately, students are finishing up with finals and most have gone home for break. However, even the college students here have been giddy with all of the snow we have received. Today I saw a student make a snowball while walking towards class. (Whomever it was intended for is unknown…). It made me smile to think that people out there can still be happy and excited about something as little as snow.
On my way to work yesterday, I walked up Charter street and saw that the snow was not as even as it was everywhere else. Some crafty students made snow angels alongside the sidewalk. Along with their angels, they wrote a “Good luck on finals!” message for anyone making the trek up the hill. It caused me to smile and have my heart warmed, even if it is so cold here in Wisco.
It reminds me of the first snowfall five years ago. I was a senior in high school, but I was still smitten by the first snow of the year. I went outside, made a snow angel on the ground, made a four inch snowman on the deck, and ran inside to toss a small snowball at my dad. It was just so fun, and I forget that the snow season here can be more fun than a hassle.
Even Abe likes the snow here in Madison.
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” — Robert Brault
It’s not difficult to read my blog and see that I’m a huge fan of the little things in life. My life lately has been no different.
Today is Sam’s birthday. I really wish I could be with him today, but because we saw each other this weekend, will be seeing each other for the upcoming holiday, and the weather is a little iffy out there, it just would not have worked out. But, that doesn’t mean we haven’t already celebrated! We had dinner at the Old Fashioned, strolled down State Street hand-in-hand, and hustled home to snuggle in and watch season six of Scrubs. It was a wonderful Saturday full of finishing Christmas shopping, finding a few special things for ourselves, and enjoying the winter weather. The next morning we got crepes and coffee at Bradbury’s off Cap-square (sooooo gooood), and went to see The Social Network. We finished all of our shopping then, ordered pizza, and watched the Packer game. It was such a perfect weekend, and I am hoping I helped Sam celebrate his birthday in only the best way.
It was such a low-key weekend. And, because we are such lovers of it, our Sunday coffee adventure was one of the highlights. Bradbury’s is located where it’s perfect people watching, there are tons of people crammed into a small space, and you cannot help but nudge your neighbor and share your space with them. Completely uncharacteristic of chain coffeeshops for sure. I’m looking forward to a month or so from now when Sam and I can enjoy another coffee date at Mugs in Ripon, which my classmate Meg had a lot to do with. It’s such a great feeling knowing that your classmates have also been succeeding in the real world just as you have.
Speaking of success, this semester that could have been quite crappy, ended up with a 3.5 gpa. Holla!
Can’t wait to go back for another delicious crepe and latte date.
“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” — Burton Hillis
There is not much left of the semester, but I am getting antsy for the holiday season. I mean, it’s a few days away (more like over a week) until I hop in the car for the long drive home to be with my family. But I am so excited for a few days at home, seeing all of my family, and getting out of Madison for a bit. But that does not mean that I do not love the Christmas room in the apartment. The lights twinkling as Caitlin and I are finishing up last-minute things to finish off homework for the semester.
I have also been listening to Christmas music while at work all day today. It’s been exciting – singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” might be a moment of the holiday season — but still not as good as yelling “Feliz Navidad” with my sister at the top of our lungs in our house as we’re dancing all around. Mind you, we’re adults, but we still act like we’re, what five and fifteen?
Tonight I’m working again at College for an hour. Just to help take over for an emergency shift. It’ll be getting back to the apartment just a bit later, but at least I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished something else today.
Right now, I’m working on a work project compiling information for University Communications. It’s actually really exciting and something I find extremely interesting. We’ll see if I can get this project hammered out (for the most part) within the next two months. I’m hoping for a finished date of March 1, and it launching on the UW website that same day.
All of the work this week will pay off, this weekend I’m heading off to Chicago with Sam, Matt, and Ashley to see the city and help celebrate the holiday. It’ll be great to see the beautiful city all lit up and full of Christmas spirit. I’m so happy to see Sam soon as well, mostly because I have his birthday presents waiting patiently for him underneath the tree.
And right now, there may be a few too many presents under the tree. Oops!