I think it is Tuesday evening. I have been in my apartment, only out enough to venture in the front yard for Rosie breaks, since Friday at 1pm when the snow started coming down on us. I think most of the internet has lost its mind at this point and I have watched many people determinedly drive down our semi-plowed street and get stuck for 15 minutes at a time.
I'm okay though. I feel great. I think I may have lost five pounds by only eating at home, and I have probably saved upwards of $50 by not eating out for all this time. It's been a meditative few days and I've learned lots of lessons in self-reliance.
1. Home is where your heart is. The outside world could have gone caput but I'm actually great here with Brad, Rosie, my watercolors and my books. Couldn't ask for anything more.
2. Cooking can be creative. In a typical week, I eat out a lot. I don't spend a ton at fancy restaurants, but I may get a $15 dinner a few times a week and an $8 lunch most days of the week. Occasionally I camp the morning out in a coffee shop spending $6 there, so really I saved a ton of money this week. B and I don't have very similar taste in food so eating out can often just be easier and faster, especially if we're working a lot. We knew we were going to be stuck here for a long time, and even now that most people have made it back to work, we don't own a shovel to dig out our cars. We were able to do some serious meal planning (and had to, for the first time ever) and I learned by planning, by being resourceful and purposeful with what we had in the cabinets that cooking is the easiest way to be creative. It doesn't always pay off (I did forget a key ingredient in lemon chicken this evening -- the lemon -- still turned out okay though) but it works and it's fun and it makes home home.
3. Patience is a virtue. Sometimes I get frustrated with myself and I feel stuck in a creative rut. This year I finally freed myself of all my outer commitments (and thus headspace) and have been trying to dive headfirst into managing my business and projects, but it wasn't the instant surge of creative problem solving that I anticipated. I've been trekking along, growing, changing but not having any aha moments. Today, I had an aha moment and it was glorious. Sometimes the best ideas require a little patience.
I may become a total recluse and am semi-dreading venturing back into the busy, chaotic world. We've been in our own cozy little cabin surrounded by the best of teas and comforts. What more could you need?