Arden on our walk this morning.
Oh how I love snow. My husband does not. He wishes we lived in Los Angeles. People think I moved here for his sake. That I was torn out of sunny Los Angeles by obligation. Little to they know that I won our little war over where to live together. He has work here - but then I have work in L.A. too.
But I wanted this weather! I wanted that feeling of warmth that you can only get walking in the snow, when your cheeks are rosy red and you can see your breath. Being indoors has a special magical feeling when it's really cold outside. The fifty degree difference is big between outside and inside. I remember that we are an animal that has figured out how to be warm in the cold. It gives me the excuse not to go anywhere. Really my big dream is to just never go anywhere. I am typing right this minute looking at snow fall. I do not think it gets any better than this. I have reached peak happiness.
Not much to report today. I am listening to an audio book while I walk the dog. It's "Champlain's Dream" by David Hackett Fischer. I got it because I had listened to his book, "Washington's Crossing" and was so engrossed, impressed, and informed. So I got this. I didn't really even know who Champlain was (founder of Quebec - early French explorer and New World Builder.) I have never been to Quebec or Montreal. Now I am hankering to go. Let me just say this about the Native Americans Indian Tribes - wow, they were into torture. Yes, the Europeans were too, especially the Spanish. But lord, what the Mohawks did to the Iroquois, and really they all did to each other. I hate listening to the descriptions of torture, but I cannot stop listening, it's like turning your back on the tortured, like somehow I can be a witness to their pain or something. Yes, it all smacks of magical thinking, but I cannot stop listening. It's not all about torture of course, and Champlain was a big negotiator with the Indians to reduce it (even though he was joining them in war against each other) but the part I'm listening to now is very torture-heavy. Wow, human psychology - the whole vengeance imperative. I have to say it all makes me amazed that Jesus, with his turn-the-other-cheek attitude (I know, amongst others, and not just him... he's just the historical, and yes probably mythical, religious figure I happen to know the most about) gets more radical the more I understand history.
So... Champlain. I am running to the computer from time to time to look up the geography of Canada. I'm really hooked.
Last night some friends came over and we watched "Coraline." I slept through a lot of it, but I thought it was really inventive and beautiful (the parts I was able to see.) Mulan got really scared, though, and I had to go to her room and sleep with her from 1:30 to 3:00 a.m. last night. She had nightmares about the "Bad mother with the button eyes." It was hard not to tease her - my comedy improv training must take a back seat when my kid is truly scared. Ha.
Oh, and here is Lake Michigan this morning. I just figured out how to have two pictures... Lordy.