I live in a land made of powdered sugar and birthday cake frosting.
Winter so far this season hasn’t been all that bad compared to the frozen wasteland that was last year. We’d had a few warmer days that had melted a portion of the snow, and I was naively hoping that the gradual melt towards spring would be uninterrupted and without any major setbacks.
Ha. I wish. I conveniently forgot that February in Aomori is by far the harshest month, and Mother Nature did a bang-up job of reminding me of that when it dumped close to three feet of snow on the city this past weekend. I could barely see out of my kitchen window for the entirety of Saturday, so thick was the falling snow.
I actually didn’t mind it all that much because I didn’t have reason to venture out for any extended period of time. It was definitely one of those instances that I am so thankful that I don’t need to have a car here. Digging one out of the snow would’ve made me a mightily unhappy camper. Some of my driving JET cohorts were decidedly less happy about the snowstorm, and I definitely don’t blame them. Aomori was less “Winter Wonderland” and more “Frozen Hellscape.”
In other random, inconsequential news, last Thursday was Valentine’s Day. I’ve come to love this holiday as a teacher, because I basically get showered with chocolates, cookies, and other delicious homemade baked goods from my students. And I baked up some strawberry-lemon cupcakes for my English club. I wasn’t sure how well they’d turn out as it was a new recipe for me, but judging by how quickly the forty or so disappeared, I’d say my venture was a success.