Chicago is getting slammed with a record-breaking cold front today, in addition to the near-foot of snow we’ve gotten in the past 36 hours. Apparently, it’s all thanks to a “polar vortex” of wind swooping down from the North Pole. Santa, you rotten bastard!
The high today is supposed to be -13 F, with windchills clocking in at a bone-chilling negative 43 degrees. Yowza. Needless to say, it’s downright dangerous to be out and about. Most Chicagoans have off of work or are working from home.
Which is where I am—working from home, buried beneath wool socks and a huge robe, with a space heater blowing directly on me. So while I’ll be working today, here are a few indoorsy things I’d like to do on future snowy days.
I’m bored of the old chocolate chip cookie routine. Here are three delicious baked goods on my to-eat list.
- Salted peanut butter pretzel M&M cookies, via Our Best Bite
- Cinnamon maple candied almonds, via Foodie with Family
- Peanut butter cookie dough brownies, via The Nonpareil Baker
Nothing like plummeting temps to make me want to channel my inner Martha.
- Cover mini-flower pots in a bright, floral fabric. I just know mine would never turn out like this, but a girl can dream.
- Frame one of my grandma’s handwritten recipes. I’d love to do this with her lemon sugar cookie recipe, as it’s been passed down through the generations from her mother, who was born in Germany.
- Construct this handy-dandy family birthday calendar (to help with one of my resolutions).
Snuggle with a good book
Snowflakes gently falling outside, a roaring fire (or um, space heater…), a good book in your lap, and nowhere to be. Paradise. I’m currently reading One Summer in America: 1927 by Bill Bryson. Here’s what’s next on my list:
- And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
- Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfield
- The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard
Catch up on blogs
These blogs—a handful of my all-time favorites—have great big archives worth digging through, ideal for the snowed-in gal with hours of time. What a match!
Binge-watch a TV series
Blustery winter days were made for snuggling on the couch and ingesting entire seasons of TV shows without coming up for air. I just watched the documentary Blackfish—a heart-wrenching expose on SeaWorld—on Saturday and I highly recommend it. If you want to binge-watch a TV series from the start, here are my suggestions:
- “Veep” on HBO, my favorite comedy on TV right now
- “Mad Men” on AMC
- “Downton Abbey” on PBS