By Heather J. Paper
The weather outside is frightful. It’s bad enough that, in Seattle, it’s cold and rainy more often than not. But in the Midwest, ice storms and blizzards (no, not the Dairy Queen kind) are shutting down highways, making travel nearly impossible. Even here in Atlanta, we’re seeing snow that sticks around for days—notable in a city that closes schools on the forecast of a flurry.
Good ol’ Mother Nature has a wicked sense of humor and I, for one, am not laughing. But I have found a way to deal with Her. I’ve decided to stay in bed until spring. Of course, I’ll need to be surrounded by a few creature comforts. Otherwise, the diva in me will never make it nearly eight weeks (and, yes, I am counting the days!) til the official start of a kinder, gentler season.
For starters, I’ll be keeping my Hermes blanket handy. It was a gift a few years ago from a dear friend (who, after giving me something like that, obviously became even dearer!). But just as warm as the blanket itself was the sentiment that came with it. It said “I know how y’all like your monograms in the South. Enjoy!” Never have I been so thrilled that my name begins with an “H.”
Once I’m tucked under my wool-and-cashmere blanket, I’m looking forward to catching up on some reading. I’m not sure I want my husband to know just how many trashy novels I have but, if I can outsmart Mother Nature, I can outsmart him, too. I’m simply going to get a War & Peace book jacket from Book City Jackets and slip it over whatever I happen to be reading. Given the length of the real thing, he’ll never be the wiser.
Finally, I’ll need a clock to keep track of the time to some degree. But I can guarantee there will be many a day when I won’t want to do so much as lift my head from my pillow. Thankfully, the Emily alarm clock—which you can find at Generate—was designed with me in mind. It’s brilliantly wall-mounted sideways, so you can barely open one eye and do a time-check.
Now all I have to do is arrange for room service and I’m all set!
Heather Paper is a freelance writer/editor who specializes in all subjects design-related. A contributing writer for Miscelaney, she’s a dog-lovin’, wine-slurpin’ resident of Atlanta who considers Seattle her second home.