the weathermen were proven right and the city, the state, the region fell silent, quiet in the way only a heavy snowfall elicits, as we paused to take stock of what mother nature was capable of.
the loneliness piled up as high and fast as the snowflakes.
i checked on my (multiple) devices, charging those that needed it and braced for the power to go out when my phone flashed an incoming email at me. it was an amazon gift from a twitter friend, but i wasn’t expecting or anticipating it, so i flipped over to twitter to follow the trail of bread crumbs.
you see, wendy was holding a timely (and wicked generous) giveaway of her book FROSTED and she had one more copy left.
enter: jessica lemmon (author of TEMPTING THE BILLIONAIRE) who saw wendy’s tweet and spoke up for my frosty behind. just like that, i was the proud new owner of an e-book, but way more importantly, my loneliness dissipated. the twitter community warmed me as if i was sitting in front of a fire on the hearth. all i needed now were s’mores.
when the snow stopped sometime late the next afternoon, i figured i’d end the indoor isolation by tackling this:
in the midst of what ended up being a two hour task, i was passed by 7 plow trucks, 10 cars (driving ban, what?) and countless people. a father, mother, son, and their dog stopped to chat.
father: you’re doing an excellent job.
me: oh, thank you! it’s certainly taking long enough.
mother: do you have a [town] parking sticker?
mother: you know you can park your car in one of two garages during a snow emergency, don’t you? then you wouldn’t have to do this!
me: oh, yes, i sort of knew that, but hey, this is good exercise, right?
father: indeed. keep up the good work.
i did have more work in front of me, but with the sense of community warming my veins, the shovel felt lighter and less burdensome.
and now, to keep the good times rolling, i’m going to pay it forward. since i can’t offer to shovel your sidewalks, i’m going to give away a digital copy of wendy’s FROSTED and jessica’s TEMPTING THE BILLIONAIRE to two lucky people who comment below. that’s it. there are no other rules. go forth and join my community by commenting!
the winners will be announced on friday february 15th. stay tuned.