December 17, 2010

a snowglobe sort of magic.

Yesterday was a hectic day of wrapping, shipping, and last-minute, are-we-sure-we-haven't-missed-anyone? Shopping. Radley and I took the Lincoln Park neighborhood by storm, hustling and bustling our way through lines that weaved back-and-forth as if we were at Disneyland. 

And then, standing at the top of a parking garage, I turned around to see the Chicago skyline staring back at me. I stopped--finally, for the first time in hours--and took a breath. I love this city, I told him. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else right now.

Because as much as I love the California sun, and as much as I miss my little San Diego beach house, there's just something about Chicago this time of year. It's cold, yes--brutally so. And the wind can be sharp as knives when it blows against your face. And, okay, the car door might have been frozen.

But the lights are up and the snow is falling and the whole city has taken on a snowglobe sort of magic. So I'm happy. And I'm grateful. And, yes, exactly where I want to be.

Hope you all have a lovely (and warm) weekend! 


nicole ...given said... [Reply to comment]

gorgeous picture!

Ana* said... [Reply to comment]

What a great view

Annika said... [Reply to comment]

this picture is beautiful!

Hannah Elizabeth said... [Reply to comment]

I love this. I got to be in New York once during my birthday in February and I felt the same way.

I love Chicago more than New York though. Don't tell New York.

Neely said... [Reply to comment]

Great picture!!

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

I loved going back to Michigan the cold, chilly weather was so refreshing, And I loved looking out the windows and seeing it snow. Love that photo of you lady!! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!! Stay warm! XO

Hannah Elizabeth said... [Reply to comment]

To which I said: "You don't have to be sad and brokenhearted to love sad and brokenhearted songs."

This is so completely true. I don't know why but I've always felt there is something really interesting about letting yourself feel sad and melancholy when there is nothing to feel sad about. I have the same feeling about movies. You don't have to be going through the same situation to feel something for the characters.

~Abby~ said... [Reply to comment]

Lovely picture! :)
I know what you mean,..I'd definitely rather be at a beach right now, but the city is so beautiful in the winter ♥


PhotoPuddle said... [Reply to comment]

Aw, what a great picture. I hate being cold and love the beach but at Christmas it just wouldn't be right unless it's cold.

mice_aliling said... [Reply to comment]

Enjoy your weekend. Everybody has their own affinity for certain cities. I love my Manila :) It has its own character :)

Marissa said... [Reply to comment]

I know exactly what you mean. I would totally love to basking under the sun on a beach, but Christmastime isn't Christmastime without the snow or cold or lit up lights with a chilly night.

Enjoy it! :)


my name is lauren. said... [Reply to comment]

you are adorable. glad you had a productive day, but also glad you were able to stop and take a breath to enjoy the view :).

wilybrunette said... [Reply to comment]

i love this post--the picture, the words, the sentiment. it's lovely and perfect. (i have yet to really begin christmas shopping, yikes).

question for you: as a writer do you submit your stuff? enter competitions and the like?

Claudia Paola. said... [Reply to comment]

Such a pretty picture! I love how you described Chicago at this time of year- I've never been to the Great American city, but I've always been dying to go!

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