A few things to check off…
by a. noelle
#1 Drive out of the city, as far as it takes to find snow instead of cold rain. Then decide whether to build a Totoro snowman or a Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet Armstrong Cannon for a seriously hilarious snowball fight.
(If only I could take him back home with me.)
#2 Enjoy a romantic walk in a winter wonderland (and try not to get my snowshoes stuck on fallen branches along the path, again).
#3 Curl up in a comfy corner with a cup of chai and anything by Clarice Lispector or Paulo Coelho. Get lost in the words for hours and hours.
#4 Sip this on the balcony and feel the warmth spread through my chest while watching my breath ascend into the air in white puffs. Repeat.
#5 Bake and decorate a batch of sugar selfies—one more indulgence before the year’s end.
#6 Marathon ALL the Miyazaki films, especially Howl’s Moving Castle and The Wind Rises! わーい！
#7 Visit the reindeer before they return to the North Pole.
#8 Decide on a place and figure out how early I need to wake up in order to make the drive before sunrise. . . . Decide if “wake up earlier” should be included on my list of resolutions for 2015.
(Just in case, choose a spot that also works for sunset.)