Skifahren? In Schferin?

You may have noticed that I skipped a scheduled post. As it was Martin Luther King, Jr Day, I knew there wasn’t a lot worth saying compared to his message. If anyone should be listened to or read on this day, it’s definitely Dr. King, himself. If you’ve never heard the entire “I have a dream” speech, I highly suggest you start there. This post will wait.

I’m sure my daughter took one look at the title of this post and shook her head in shame. She’s clearly the German speaker in our home, and I have no doubt butchered those words. My apologies. I’ll make it up to you in the form of chocolate.

But the bigger point is–Holy cow, that’s a lot of snow, y’all. I know we’ve had worse, but not while I’ve lived in this house, and seeing my porch, sidewalk, and retaining walls swallowed by a snowdrift was a bit alarming. I absolutely love snow…as long as I don’t have to be outside in it. Unfortunately, colleges don’t shut down for silly things like snow that’s bigger than I am, so I still have class today. Walking around campus in this shmutz is not my idea of a good time.

Instead, let’s pretend like none of us have anywhere to be, and that it’s not an unholy amount of cold outside, and that we’re all holding tightly to a hot beverage of our choice around a cozy fire. Let’s talk.

The Government Shutdown, amirite?! Oof. You might know that my husband works for the federal government, but did you know he’s considered essential personnel, and therefore still reports to work as scheduled without pay? It’s about as fun as it sounds. As there’s an unofficial, but still highly emphasized gag order on us about it, I can’t give my full opinion on this all without putting his employment in jeopardy. Let me just say that I’m extremely angry and every day that passes with us hostages of our own government I get a teeeeeeeensy bit angrier.

Still, I can’t be mad about the way it has brought us all closer together. It has been rough, because we’re definitely battling through cabin fever and, as such, have gotten quite cranky, but ultimately, we’ve been forced to reassess darn near everything about our daily lives.

In a move that may seem completely insane to everyone else, we decided to cancel our Netflix. Part of this came from the shutdown (can’t pay for it if we’re not being paid, lawl!) and part came from the realization that we just don’t need it. In both of my classes last week–literature classes, mind you–the icebreaker question was “What is your favorite movie or TV show?” I genuinely struggled to answer because, well, I don’t tend to watch much TV and very rarely have the patience to sit through an entire movie. So why, then, are we paying for Netflix? The only shows I’ve been remotely invested in (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Grace and Frankie) are wrapping up, so there’s no real incentive to keep shelling out $15 each month. Plus, I also have Amazon Prime, and there’s a slew of shows or movies there I can watch if I get bored. We recently started watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (CABIN. FEVER.) and it’s such a charming show. I’ve never described a show with so many F-bombs as “charming” before, so you know it’s got something special.

As we’re no longer hitting up local restaurants, it has become necessary to cook food that appeals to everyone’s palates, as well as provide nutrition, AND use leftovers to keep from wasting food. I’ve begun thinking of meals as art projects, seeing how I can creatively tick as many boxes as possible. I’ll be the first to admit, I am not culinarily-inclined, but I’ve had a lot of fun puttering around the kitchen like I have a clue what I’m doing. It might be worth actually trying to learn to cook. Heh.

Well, I think I’m just aimlessly rambling at this point, so let’s wrap up our coffee date. I’ll be back Thursday with another post before returning to our regular schedule next week. Don’t forget that the newsletter comes out in two days, so sign up to have it sent to your inbox right here.

Stay warm, friends!

One thought on “Skifahren? In Schferin?

  1. “he’s considered essential personnel, and therefore still reports to work as scheduled without pay”

    Argh! That is absolutely wild! I know a couple of people in a similar situation and it’s completely awful. How on earth are people supposed to survive without pay?!


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