Yesterday was the inaugural first trip outside after a snow storm.
You know….the one where you realize there is more to this life than the inside of a cup of hot chocolate and the Hallmark channel.
There’s a whole wide world just waiting for you…that you haven’t seen for four days.
Some people go to the store to buy milk and bread.
Some people get gas or batteries or flash lights or sand or salt to melt the sidewalks.
Some people buy shovels to clean off their driveways.
I went to Hobby Lobby.
You see….I needed some pink ribbon.
Actually….I didn’t really need anything….except the excitement of seeing if I could make it to Hobby Lobby and back.
That was enough for me.
So I put on my cute new hat with the flower on it and buckled up and headed out into the winter wonderland.
It was so easy.
The roads were clear and the snow was piled up by the side of the road and it hadn’t really started to get dirty yet from all the cars and the icicles hung from the trees….and the Holly Jolly channel was blasting.
Maybe that’s what lulled me into a sense of complacency.
I mean….I saw a little ice here and there….but nothing that gave any cause for concern. So when I pulled into the Hobby Lobby parking lot….I didn’t really pay attention.
I think I was over-confident.
I think I forgot that it was 31 degrees outside.
I think I forgot that underneath the layer of snow….
….was a solid sheet of ice.
And as I leapt from the truck to the ground with the confidence of someone who is about to visit a craft store for the first time in four days….before I could say 40% off…..my feet slipped out from under me and I flew into the air…..
….and landed sprawled on the ground.
Right there in the middle of the Hobby Lobby parking lot.
My pants were soaked.
My shoes were wet.
My hair had snow in it.
You would think I would turn around and get back in the car and go home.
Not even close.
I stood up….brushed myself off….straightened my shoulders…..gave an awkward wave to the truck driver who saw it all…
….and proudly took myself and my wet pants inside to go shopping. 🙂
Here’s the ribbon that started it all.
For a fun inexpensive window idea….hang a variety of ornaments tied onto ribbon. I attached the ribbon to the top of the window with thumb tacks.
Oh…and I’m fine.
My pants are fine.
My shoes are fine.
But my pride…..
….I think I left it in the Hobby Lobby parking lot. 🙂
PS Here’s what I drove by on my first trip outside….
….maybe I should have just quit while I was ahead. 🙂