Have the gray days of winter been getting to you like they’ve been getting to me? There is only ONE redeeming factor of winter, in my humble opinion. In just the right type of snow, everything outside gets super super quiet. It’s the most peaceful feeling in the world to stand outside in the gently falling snow and listen to the silence. This winter? We haven’t gotten a single peaceful snowfall. We’ve gotten angry snow. We’ve gotten icy snow. Right now it’s just rainy and gross. The cold and the rain and/or snow, the ice, the drizzle, and the lack of sunshine all combine to make me one downtrodden bookworm. Seasonal Affective Disorder? What they hey, I diagnose myself with things all the time! SAD. That’s me. S to the A to the D.
Luckily, Joules, over at Pocketful of Joules (I like to imagine she so named her blog because she is, in fact, a pocketful of sunshine) organized a blogger gift swap. She decided to make it a post Christmas affair so that we’d all have something to look forward to in the drear of midwinter. (If you recall, I also participated in Joules’ inaugural swap back in the fall, which was also crazy amazing.)
I had so much fun playing Secret Scarecrow, I couldn’t resist joining the Hazy Shade of Winter Swap (Hey Joules. I re-named your swap… Again… But the Bangles version of this song ROCKS SO HARD!) On a cold, rainy, miserable day last week, it arrived. My secret swap package! (The box was soggy, but the contents were not compromised!)
I did as instructed and opened the card first. Turns out my Swapper’s parents lived in a town in my neck of the woods for a while. If you’re not from the part of Illinois that ISN’T Chicagoland, these places aren’t even a blip on the radar. Total Twilight Zone moment! The note also contained instructions for my winter survival kit!
My package included: Starbucks salted caramel hot cocoa (yum), Skinny Cow chocolate caramel candy (more on this later), Sweethearts candies (the ones with the words!), a super cute notepad (for LISTS), and a cotton candy scented candle (to remind me that cotton candy season WILL be back! IT WILL!)
I owe my winter swap partner a major debt of gratitude. Everything in the package was great fun, but those Skinny Cow candies are crazy delicious! Nobody is giving me a cent to say this, but OMG. Those things. 130 calories for 3 squares of chocolate filled with caramel goodness! They are every bit as satisfying as a Ghiradelli square and way better for you! It’s so magical, Jim even liked them. I didn’t tell him they were “diet” candy, but he couldn’t tell. Seriously. Best thing ever. THANK YOU!
The last part of the Hazy Shade of Winter Swap is to guess who you secret swapper is. I’m pretty confident in my guess. It’s not because I’m a brilliant guesser. It’s because my swapper was a responsible citizen and put return address information (along with her name) on the package. So… A Grace Full Life, thank you, from the bottom of my hazy winter heart!
Let’s try to put on a happy face, shall we, Bookworms? What cheers YOU up in the dreary winter doldrums?