The Snow Wedge

Oh snow… I thought we were friends. I have spent my life praying for and anticipating your arrival. I have cancelled plans for you. I have embraced movies about you (White Christmas, Frozen, etc). Have I not been your biggest fan?

[The correct answer is yes… yes, I have been.]

Then why, WHY, oh snow, have you tried to become a wedge? Not that I’m not happy you’re here… but could you please stop ruining date night with my husband?

Yesterday it snowed all day long. Without fail, and without rest. It was really bad on my way to work… the roads got icy so fast, and I (remember the Southern girl?) slid all over the road, encountered locked brakes for the first time, and almost got in about 3-10 accidents. (Definitely 3, maybe as many as 10.)

As a result of the snow/ice, Growth Group was cut short. We gathered for the meal, and dispersed. So… the Cornelissens enjoyed some wine (ok that was just me) and 24. The guys are seeing why I love Senator Palmer… he is the bomb.

When it snows, I hate being a grown up. I hate that snowflakes make me feel stressed… I think about the roads, the hours I’ll miss, the PTO I don’t have, the lack of my skill in cooking without electricity, and whether or not we have enough blankets in the case of a power outage. Yes, obviously I am struggling with worry, and also struggling with surrendering it.

So, we have looked at the budget, we have brainstormed things to eat, and now I will attempt to surrender my worry, and trust in Josh’s leadership of our family, and God’s provision and peace. If I don’t get 40 hours in at work, that’s ok.

Over the course of the night, we’re expecting somewhere between 4 and 12 inches. Obviously I’m not planning on working tomorrow… lots of opportunities to worry, but I will choose not to. Josh and I have been planning to go see the Gilmores this weekend, and that is still the plan… of course if it’s INSANE we’ll stay home, because we want to be safe… but we are also pretty desperate to see our best friends and meet our godson. 🙂 Life IS an adventure, isn’t it?

 

Dear Josh,

Thank you for coming to rescue me last night, and for talking me through the budget. I am bummed that we still can’t go out for our date, but I’m happy with Chickfila drive thru meal tonight… just as long as I get to spend time with you. 🙂
I have to admit, because I am usually hatin’ on it, I’m glad you have that Explorer. It has been such a blessing not to worry about getting places.
I love you. I’m glad Ethics is over, so you can spend time with me if we get snowed in! 😀

See you tonight for a mini-date.
Love, Mrs. Cornelissen

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Best Burritos

Summary statements concerning Wednesday:

We didn’t have burrito bowls, we had corn dogs.
We didn’t have date night, we had a long serious, emotional disagreement.
We didn’t get my car out of the snow.

Thankfully, there was a shovel at work, and we borrowed it. While I made dinner last night, my knight in puffy coat chipped away at the ice on our driveway. My little Elantra is finally free, and I drove myself to work this morning!

Last night, we had a feast. I mean honestly, it was maybe my favorite meal of the year thus-far. So, recipes are below. Click for links!

Burrito Bowls with an amazing chipotle cream sauce, cilantro lime chicken, and cilantro lime rice.
I have no pictures of my own because we eat food too fast… and there’s no point of taking a picture of an empty plate.

We had an assembly line set up on the table… rice, chicken, lettuce, beans, corn, homemade salsa, chipotle cream sauce, cheese, avocado, tomato… I was in heaven. So many fresh, healthy ingredients…. it was worth ALL the prep (and it was a lot of prep). It was the kind of meal that I wish I could make every day… everything was healthy, everything was made from scratch. It just took 2 hours (because I was solo), and it was after working 9hrs and 45min straight. Josh was outside shoveling, and Aaron was upstairs. It was just me, my skillet of chicken, my spices, my new recipes. Yes, I may have briefly resented the fact that I was working so hard on dinner by myself… but I also loved the “mmms” as they devoured their food. I loved that Aaron tried new things, and liked them. I loved enjoying Chipotle-like food at an affordable home-made price, and I love that we have leftovers.

This week I have felt stuck in a rut, like my car. Sometimes I am so jealous that Josh is the one in school, learning new things, and I have the monotonous job of a daily commute, answering phones, paying bills, and making life happen. I eat the same things every day, I do the same things everyday. Even though I was tired last night, I needed the victory of that meal. I needed to show myself that I really can cook chicken in a skillet and I won’t give my family food poisoning. I needed to open some peppers in adobo sauce (new to me) and make a new sauce. I needed to pull spices off my spice rack, without following a recipe, and flavor that cooking meat. So, as Josh freed my car from the ice, the burritos freed me from feeling trapped in the day-in-day-out routine.

As a rare occurrence, we didn’t sit at the table for dinner. We sat on the couch and watched The West Wing. It was, frankly, the perfect end to a long day, and the best day in a hard week.

Tonight, I’m taking leftovers to my friend’s house. I’m going to sit at their house and read, while little Evie sleeps, and they enjoy an evening out. I could not be more excited. I have been looking forward to this for like two weeks.

This weekend, Josh is finishing up his Ethics class which is a lot of work. Aaron and I have dubbed this “Downton Abbey” weekend… and I fully intent to drink tea during our marathon. Hopefully I will make some more progress on the baby quilt (it really is almost done, so I’m not feeling rushed), but this is another un-structured weekend.  I hear Josh is taking me out for dinner on Saturday night, and I’m not complainin’!

 

Dear Josh,

Thanks for digging my car out of the ice and snow! I know it was hard, and cold… but I really appreciate it. I am SO glad those burritos were such a hit. Thanks for your enthusiasm and appreciation.
WE HAVE FINALLY REACHED THE END OF ETHICS. I am so excited to have you back. Finish strong!! And then, we can celebrate with a date. Sound like a plan?

Love, Mrs. Cornelissen