Cozy Snow Day
Cozy Snow Day.
Turning a Chicago winter weather warning into a self-care extravaganza.
For a lot of my life, I wished I lived somewhere warm. I’ve always been drawn to Arizona. From little on, my family would visit friends in Scottsdale and spend Spring Breaks laying by the pool and hiking in the mountains right outside our door. I swore as soon as I was an adult I’d move there and spend every season in the dry heat. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how much I love winter. Living in Chicago (and New York) has given me a thick skin for the cold. Sure, I’ll still complain when it’s below 10 degrees, we all do! But I truly can’t imagine a winter without snow and that crisp air that fills your lungs with a wintery-cool sensation each time you take a breath.
Not only is a snow day beautiful, but it gives the best excuses to slow down and get cozy. This weekend in Chicago has been a snowy dream, and it made me want to snuggle up on the couch with my family and a good book! The key to a good snow day is staying off the roads and making yourself as cozy as possible. It’s about finding comfort wherever you are, taking a minute to detox, and appreciating the beauty around you.
My first priority was finding some time to read on my snow day. I started my spring semester a few weeks ago and have been seriously struggling to find some pleasure-reading time. It being such a beautiful day, I didn’t want to get so sucked into a novel that I didn’t take time for anything else, so instead of reaching for my stack of must-reads, I settled on some magazines and a coffee table favorite.
My cousin gave me a copy of Humans Of New York when I had been living in the city for a few months. I’ve followed the Instagram account for years and love getting sucked into the stories (or even one-liners) of strangers. As a journalism student and a writer, I love telling and reading stories; and the best place to find them is in others! It’s not necessarily an uplifting or inspiring book, but it can be relatable while also giving you a new perspective on the lives and struggles of others. You can get it here.
Magazine-wise, of course, I turned to the last two issues of The Magnolia Journal. I am HGTV obsessed, and Joanna Gaines is basically who I hope to be as a full-fledged grown up. From design to cooking, her home and lifestyle are so inspirational and all-around feel good. The Spring issue featured some sweet pieces on letter writing and embracing Valentine’s day love all year round, both of which I enjoyed. Real Simple is always a good supplemental read for the similar concepts on a more commercial level.
After some much-enjoyed reading, I took to the streets with Wrigley. There’s something so peaceful about a walk in the snow. Even in the brutal temperatures, it was just too beautiful to deny a quick walk around the block to take in the snow-covered streets.
My favorite part of the day was the evening because I got some great downtime with Robby. We attempted to make a giant chocolate chip cookie in a cast iron skillet, and it, surprisingly, turned out great. Not even 24 hours later, it’s gone, thanks to both of our families and the urge we all had to keep eating until it was gone. Here’s the recipe:
We dressed up our slices with vanilla custard from Culvers and slices of strawberries. Whipped cream and chocolate syrup are other great options.
To end the day, we had some great couch time and had a Friends binge, because no time is a bad time for a Friends binge. I love those cozy moments when Robby and I can just relax, especially because we don’t have the luxury of seeing each other whenever we want. It’s so special to be able to curl up in our favorite blanket, watch tv, and have any conversation that comes to mind. That’s what slow days are about: taking time to calm down with the people you love.
So many of the things I did on my snow day are things I try to make time for often. It can be hard to fit one self-care activity, let alone so many. But getting outside or reading a book are great coping activities I use often when I need an anxiety-killer or just a moment of me time. It’s something I pride myself on- taking the time to take care of myself and listen to my needs, whatever that may be. Even a giant skillet cookie.