Once upon a time, Lisa and Adrienne worked for the same alternative newsweekly. Now, both spend their respective days mining their creative souls and leading hermit-like lives. And so an idea was hatched. Every week, one would send the other a sketch - either in illustration or word form - and the other would make a companion sketch. The result would be posted on both their blogs every week, just for grins. Even if the result isn't award-worthy, the exercise might make both minds more nimble. Hopefully.
Winters up here are nothing if not intense, like summer is in Texas. If you fight it, you all but ensure that you will have four (or five, really, if we’re being honest) months of misery. If you just lean in and let it happen, however, you’ll do just fine.
(It occurs to me that this works for so many unchangeable situations: those first few months of living with an infant, those hours of negotiating traffic in the city, etc. Resistance isn’t futile so much as it is a waste of energy.)
One of my neighbors embraces this philosophy. On every car windshield on my drive to work, someone had drawn a snow smiley face, like each and every car was pleased to be covered with so much frozen precipitation. It’s not much but it should help get us through.
Text ©Adrienne Martini; illustration ©Lisa Horstman. Until the end of time. Or something.