Dec 17, 2007

Woah Snow and Other Matters

*Rhode Island is a small state. And evidently, they have a small amount of snow removal equipment. Because when it snows here, the state pretty much shuts down. Thus, church yesterday was cancelled because of a paltry (at least by Utah standards) amount of snow. Not that I'm complaining or anything! It was awesome.

We decided that it would be okay to play in the snow on the Sabbath as long as we communed with nature and appreciated the beauty of the earth while we were at it. So the boys (reverently) built an awesome sled run down our hill, and then after dark built an igloo on the back deck. I mostly stayed inside with Babe though D did get me out on the sled for a few runs. (It was pretty awesome. And spiritual.) Go to Doug's blog to see a movie and pictures.

*Dear Friends and Family,
Some of you have the extremely smart and thrifty idea of posting your Christmas letter and picture on your blog. That's fabulous! Now, if you could just print both of those out, put them in an envelope and mail them to me, that would be great. I really really like getting Christmas cards in the mail. It's pretty much my favorite thing about December. That's not going to be a problem for you, right?

*Many of you know that I'm somewhat addicted to Hot Chocolate. In San Francisco, there were LOTS of cold, foggy mornings to break out the Spray Whip and tea kettle. And lots of friends nearby to partake with. Here...not so much. So, whereas before I was a social drinker, now I'm a closet drinker. But I'm fine with it. Don't judge me.

Anyway, my favorite "basic" hot chocolate is "Stephen's" brand. I used to buy it in bulk at Costco whenever I was in Utah. (It's a product of Utah.) I could find it in California, but it wasn't common and it was very expensive. Of course, I had no expectation or hope of finding it here in RI, so last time my mom came to visit she had to pack a #10 can for me.

But then...a CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! I was in Sam's Club the other day, (I hate it, but the nearest Costco is in Massachusetts) and what to my wondering eyes did a appear?
A box (of 28 single serving packets) of Stephen's Peppermint Candy Cane Hot Chocolate!
I couldn't believe it! I grabbed a box and raced home with my treasure. When Doug saw it, he was about to protest my splurge until he saw that it was Stephen's. We made some immediately. And guess what. It is SO GOOD! SO GOOD! In my opinion, it's even better than Starbucks Peppermint Hot Chocolate because it's a little bit sweeter.

Conclusion: It's good. Really good. If you ever see it in the store, BUY IT!
(Yes STEPHEN'S, you can send me some free product now!)

*Merry Christmas!


Mrs. Dub said...

wow! last year they did postpone our church an hour, but there was, like, two feet of snow outside. having church canceled is major dream of mine. i hope that's no reflection on my testimony.

my little eye said...

My kids loved watching the sledding video (they have watched it about 10 times). I wish we would get enough snow here to go sledding. Thanks for the Christmas card and letter!

Linz said...

Very good Sabbath activity. =D YEA for hot chocolate! PS thanks for the Christmas card!! I love getting them in the mail too!!

Jessi said...

I love it when they cancel church!!! Any time there is even a hint of ice or snow around here they cancel everything. It's great.

When we were at BYU we gave everyone Stephen's hot chocolate for Christmas. It is the BEST. Have you tried the Hazelnut flavor? I've found it here at Wal-Mart a couple times, but usually we have to get our family from Utah to stock us up when they come.

Jenn said...

I was so excited to find the hot chocolate at our Sam's Club. Only Milk chocolate(my favorite being mint). Cancel church?? Maybe I should move somewhere that gets lots of snow---- nah!!