Snow in Portland, helping Aleppo, and a few other things…

It’s been a busy and good couple of weeks around here recently. I haven’t really sat down and blogged much recently, and I’ve missed it! So, I thought I’d catch you guys up and share some things I’ve been reading around the web.

Last week we got our first snow, which quickly turned to ice, then slush. This week we were surprised by another, even bigger, snow storm. Those in snowier climates might make fun of us on the west coast about the way we freak out about the snow, but it’s definitely a different kind of snow. I remember snow in Eastern Washington, and it was fun – everyone was prepared and it didn’t immediately turn to ice. On the west side of the Cascades, most folks aren’t really prepared for it, don’t know how to drive in it, and before you know it, every surface is a sheet of ice. Cars slide off the road, or crash, stopping traffic. Ice is no joke. I heard story from a coworker about how a friend’s normal 1-hour commute was 8.5 hours the other night! So, our city has been running a bit slower than usual lately. I’m personally enjoying the winter wonderland (but, it’s technically still fall!)

You can see our house and some other snowy shots above and below.

Aside from all that, I’ve been gearing up for Christmas. This is truly my favorite time of year, and as soon as Thanksgiving has passed, I throw myself right into it decorating, watching movies and sipping Bailey’s-laced cocoa. We’re thinking of hitting up Peacock Lane this weekend to see the over-the-top Christmas light displays. What are your favorite holiday movies to watch? I want to watch them all!

I hope you’re all doing well, and enjoying the season. There’s been so much going on in our country and around the world, that this season is much-needed. Though, I’m not tuning out the needs of those less fortunate. Now, more than ever, we need to be helping those around us. I’ve been devastated to hear about the horrors happening in Aleppo, Syria. Please consider giving to help those helplessly facing extreme danger at the hands of an unkind government. Here are 10 charities that will support efforts there. With a great deal of faith in the groups that author/church-starter Jen Hatmaker supports, I will be donating to Preemptive Love Coalition to provide much-needed services to families fleeing the city.

Looking for more to read? Here are a few things I’ve enjoyed or found thought-provoking as of late.

On Miranda Lambert’s new epic album. (She’s my favorite, and this album is incredible.)

How to shop sustainably while sticking to your budget.

What it was like for a Muslim reporter to cover Donald Trump in the 2016 election. (I’ve listened to Asma’s coverage via the NPR Politics podcast all year. She’s incredibly talented, and also very brave for sharing her story. It will move anyone who reads it.)

Colfax, WA, for the win. If you attended Washington State University, you’ll get it. Otherwise, move right along.

“My credit card debt isn’t a secret, I just don’t discuss it.”

 The Hater’s Guide to the 2016 Williams Sonoma holiday catalog. Hilarious, language NSFW.

How to vacation-proof your relationship. (via Cup of Jo)

I was really interested to read about the history of the song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’. It always sounded like the guy was forcing her to stay, but this article shows the context of the story of the song.

The financial benefits of buying what you love. (An argument for spending more once, to spend less in the long run.)

And (don’t hate me!) a few political pieces that I can’t stop thinking about: Where The Right Went Wrong by Charlie Sykes (a conservative radio personality), Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack (this scares the sh*t out of me), and Donald Trump is Gaslighting America (ignore that it’s from Teen Vogue – it’s one of the best pieces I’ve read in a long time.)


Happy holidays friends!