How do you hibernate?

"Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter long is so strong in me." Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Growing up, my family moved around a lot. But when someone asks me where I'm from, I consider myself to be a proud Midwesterner - I spent the majority of my youth in Michigan and Wisconsin, and 10 years of my young adulthood in Chicago.

So I know snow.

I know what it's like to have a few feet of it come down and be expected to show up at school or work the next morning.

I know how to drive in it.

And I make a killer snow angel.

Last week, my adopted hometown of Asheville, NC, got hit with over a foot of snow. Now I've lived here since 2009, during which time we've had plenty of the white stuff. But to watch how people react, you'd think they had never experienced it before.

People raided the supermarkets the day before to stock up on food.

School was cancelled in advance.

The governor even declared a state of emergency before the first flake hit the ground.

I'm sure my fellow northerners got a good chuckle watching how we freaked out about "Snowmageddon". And I admit, I think it's funny too.

But there is one thing I love about how the South does winter...they love hibernating. CLICK TO TWEET

I honestly believe the reason they don't invest more in snow plows and salt is because they like having an excuse to chill out for a bit each winter.

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Hibernating feels more natural to me anyway. Back in the days before electricity and cars, it's what you did when a big snow storm hit. You stayed inside, snuggled up with the family in front of a fire, and lit some candles. Maybe caught up on some reading or needlepoint.
You know, all those things most of us are "too busy" to do nowadays.
Even the New York Times agreed with me. Last week, they ran an editorial entitled, "In Case of Blizzard, Do Nothing."
Of course, at some point, a thing called "stir-craziness" sets in and you have to get up and do something. It was really interesting for me to watch when that hit different people.
For some of my friends, it was almost instantaneous - "Yay, some peace and quiet! I can finally get some work done!"
For others, it took a bit longer. And no judgment - how you do housebound is totally up to you.
For me, my kitchen creativity kicked in again. I tweaked a recipe for blueberry ice cream and created this awesomeness:

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I just blended:
  • a can of coconut milk,
  • about a cup of frozen blueberries,
  • a few teaspoons of lemon juice,
  • a scoop all-in-one vanilla protein powder, and
  • about 5 drops of stevia.
Then I threw it in my ice cream maker, and soon I had a nutritious treat!
So how do you hibernate? Are you a busy bee or a cozy bear? Let me know over on the Shift Bars Facebook page - I love to hear from you.
Stay snuggly,
Emily