Window Watchers.

It snowed all day yesterday - and there was rain and heavy wind, too - so Lily and I stayed inside and made pancakes and watched from our window. At one point in the morning, the top headline on CNN read: Seriously, just stay home. We did, and the day passed slowly: we worked, we read, we went to bed early. Not so long ago, this level of inactivity might have made me antsy; these days, though, I'm learning to embrace seasons, ones that occur internally, and the ones passing outside my living room window. Nothing happened today, I told my parents on the phone last night.

Sometimes, in winter, that's okay.

Wishing you all a very happy Valentine's Day. I'm spending mine outside the city, celebrating a friend's birthday in a very top-secret fashion (more on that later). I'll be back next week with a new POV post; in the meantime, reading material for the weekend:

-Fruit loaf and sponge cake by George Orwell.
-Italian pasta divas.
-Beautiful books with curious titles: Stories of Strange Women; Travels of a Rolled Oat; Stars, etc.
-And lastly, on heartbreak: "[Its] purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open…make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life. And you do."

See you Tuesday. Photos via my Instagram.


  1. You forgot the part about the lightening last night (insanity). I begged my roommate not to go to work yesterday! It didn't work. Have a lovely weekend, Shoko!

  2. Thank you for posting the quote on heartbreak. It's what I needed.

  3. Have a lovely Valentine's Day, friend. I too am learning to embrace days at home. My day to day life is so hectic with work and school that a weekend day or two at home is not such a bad thing anymore.

  4. Gorgeous photos.

    I have to say, even though I'm not at all jealous of the constant hits you guys have had with the frigid weather, I am just the teensiest bit jealous that you get to be snowed in. Such a fun feeling. :)

    Have a great weekend, Shoko!

  5. I try and look back on heartache fondly and think its the reason (well one of many) I'm living the life I have right now :) On a less serious note, pasta divas - perfect!

  6. South Carolina had a snow storm a few weeks ago that kept me home for a day, and then this past week we had another one that kept me holed up at home for two days. I was fine the first day (I read, watched movies, ate, wrote), but on the second day I was feeling antsy and little depressed. Even though I'm not a big fan of my job, it's nice to be able to get out and about again. Also, the weather is starting to warm up here in the next week, so that will be lovely. Hope you are able to make it through the rest of winter smoothly!

  7. Yesterday, after 45 days of hot (really hot) and sunny days, it rained here in Rio. What a blessing! I was in the street, near my place, when it begin, so I took a longer path to enjoy it a little more...

    George Orwell's Diaries seems to be an amazing book, I'm very curious to read it in the future!

  8. Elle, lightning - yes! How could I have forgotten?!

    Camila, please let me know if you do!

  9. Lovely photos! I would love a few days spent inside.. Happy belated Valentine's day!

  10. Learning to just let things be is really a great way to get through anything, even those antsy moments. Hope you had an awesome time at the birthday party.

    Have a great week ahead.



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