bomb cyclones and gratitude + week reflection

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“It’s peculiar how no-words can be better than words. Silence can say more than noise, in the same way that a person’s absence can occupy even more space than their presence did.” ― Ali Benjamin, The Thing About Jellyfish

Did you hear? The world basically fell apart on Wednesday. Okay, maybe not the world but I’ve never seen a storm quite like the one we experienced.

The bomb cyclone hit many states with a vengeance causing severe disruptions with many businesses and schools closing. The storm essentially shut down the Denver metro area — including the airport — as well as the southern I-25 corridor and the eastern plains. My company closed around 11 a.m., but, luckily, I was already working from home so I didn’t have to navigate the roads and traffic caused by the mass exodus. However, the massive shift from the office to remote workers crashed our virtual network and made it essentially impossible to get any work done. So, I did what any normal human would do in such a situation, I snuggled up on the couch with the pup and watched the snow blow in sideways.

The force of wind caused many downed powerlines and left hundreds of thousands without power. With the exception of the aforementioned work issues and a dicey drive home by the hubs, we faired well. We did not lose power, save for flickering here and there. We both have employers who understood the severity of the situation and allowed alternate working arrangements. We did not get stuck on roadways and require rescue. We are still on this earth, healthy and in one piece.

Not everyone was so lucky — and that is not lost on me. I took many pauses during the week to express gratitude and think of those who had larger struggles than we did. (Special thoughts go out to the state trooper who lost his life when a car veered out of control and struck him as he was assisting a stranded motorist.)

Oh, and apparently Facebook AND Instagram were down? I found the reaction to this almost comical as people basically lost their shit. I just figured I couldn’t get on due to our spotty internet. I suppose it’s all relative.

With spring right around the corner (hurray!), I’m hoping this past week brought the last bit of snow for us. But, you never know. I hope everyone else who was impacted by the bomb cyclone stayed warm and was able to experience it from the comfort of home without too much interruption.


week in review
read: The Thing About Jellyfish + Bella Grace Issue 18
reading: Why Buddhism Is True
hosted friends for dinner
picked up giant stack of library books
many birthday wishes for friends
completed all-day Agile training
work happy hour
navigated effects of bomb cycle storm
date night + The Play That Goes Wrong
attempted to enjoy a beer outdoors with the pup (too cold)
lots of snow play with the pup
enjoy nicer weather (finally)
successful pizza making (!)
tried a new (to us) neighborhood brewery 
shifted to standard time
continued Growing the Good
wrote + posted back to normal-ish + week(s) reflection
wrote + posted this week in our kitchen: garam masala root vegetables + chickpeas Buddha bowl with millet

weekend happenings + intentions
read + write
creative date day with the hubs + try our hand at fluid painting
prepare for hosting book club next week
cycle workout
complete one lesson of Margaret Atwood Teaches Creative Writing
file taxes
enjoy the sunshine

open tabs
A relatively painless guide to cutting plastic out of your life
Margaret Atwood Teaches Creative Writing
How to make an amazing self-care kit for bad days
25 inspiring TED Talks by some of the world’s most creative women
Authentic Blogging
The Best Carry-on Luggage for your Myers-Briggs Personality Type
An Exercise to Help Your Team Feel More Comfortable with Conflict 

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