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Inspired by that kid in the red striped t-shirt.

Last night Mike helped me make one of my dreams come true.

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Mike grew up in Michigan so he knows a thing or two about snow.

That’s right.  One of my dreams was to build a monster out of snow.  Call me crazy, I won’t deny it.  I grew up in California, the land of perpetual sunshine.  Before I moved to the City I could count the number of times I’d seen snow on one hand and still have fingers left over.  As a child I was a huge fan of Calvin and Hobbes and I always believed that if I had been lucky enough to live in a place with snow, I’d be the kid building wild snow scenes in the yard every day after school.

Then we moved to the City and it was three years before we got enough snow, enough sticky snow, to build anything.  I started small and with the help of three little girls who’d never built a snowman before:

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The abominable snow lump.


A few days later, Adam and I got a little more advanced.  But then, Adam has a lot of snowman-making experience:

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Frosty the snowman and his trusty sidekick, Freezy the snowdog.

Last night I got home from work around five and dragged Michael from his warm nest in front of the computer to the park around the corner.  It was perfect snowman-making weather and I was determined to take advantage of it.

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Snowzilla tramples everything in his wake!


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Snowzilla has trampled a car and the people, mouths agape, run screaming. But ah ha! A tank is on it's way to shoot missiles at the monster!


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Let your imagination run wild...

Warm, still, calm, quiet.  Just Mike and I, mittens full of snow, snow up to our knees, throwing ideas around like snowballs.  “How about a tank?”  “Ah! His tail looks great!  How’d you do that?”  “What if he’s tromping a car under his toes?”  “Here, try this for the arms.”  The sun went down and it started snowing again.  People walking by pointed and exclaimed, snapped photos.  It was a perfectly perfect evening.

Tips for Happy Couples, #2

Cultivate common interests After the passion settles down, it’s common to realize that you have few interests in common. But don’t minimize the importance of activities you can do together that you both enjoy. If common interests are not present, happy couples develop them. At the same time, be sure to cultivate interests of your own; this will make you more interesting to your mate and prevent you from appearing too dependent.

Mark Goulston, Ph.D.


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  • Kate

    I LOVE Calvin & Hobbes and always wanted to do the same. Texas never gets snow so I know exactly how you feel. I adore the screaming little tiny snow people! It’s so Calvin! :)

  • http://the-ayrie.net Hawk

    “With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound He pulls the spitting high-tension wires down…”

  • tea M

    This will be one of my favorite child hood memories, and spawns yet another tale…xox

  • http://www.kimskitchensink.blogspot.com Kim

    That is fantastic! When in Tahoe a few weeks ago, my pregnant (and thus, non-skiing) friend and I built a snow dragon-alien-monster-beast. I will post pictures soon, maybe, if I upload them.

  • http://the-ayrie.net Hawk

    BTW, I found some of my favorite C&H snowman comics omline…
    http://www.andrewliu.com/Humor/Cartoons/calvin_snowman_cartoons.htm

    I can’t stop chuckling :)