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Things That Are Worth Standing in the Snow For

December 4, 2011

There are few things in this world worth standing in 23 degree temperatures and snow for.

There are even fewer things that are personally worth standing in 23 degree temperatures and snow for.

Fact: I hate the cold.  Loathe entirely.  <— can you tell I’m watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  So standing outside this morning for two hours is kind of out of character. 

Did I mention it was 23 degrees and snowing?  And did I mention it was 6 AM and dark outside?


Every year, my mom stands in line to get one of the limited copies of the KBCO Studio C CD.

Translation: A local Boulder radio station releases a CD with unplugged songs recorded by various artists in their famous Studio C.

For the past 5 years, I’ve been joining her in this crazy tradition and for the past 4, Joey has been joining me.  Clearly, we’re are delusional.


This year, my sister joined us for the first time.

IMG_3513 Welcome to the crazy train.

Where we wear 4 layers of clothing, wake up at 4:45 on a Saturday and make

friends with complete strangers who happen to be camped out next to us.

IMG_3514 And then we bury ourselves in the snow.

Wait, what?

But we do bury ourselves in blankets.

IMG_3508 Joey’s got that one down pat.

But in the end it’s all worth it.  And not so much for the CD, although that’s pretty good too.

It’s for the memories you make.

Like the year when the girl in leggings tried to cut us in line.  Anyone in leggings can’t have been waiting in line since 6 AM.  And Mom wasn’t having any of that nonsense.

Or the year when Joey asked if I bought my gloves at Baby Gap.  My mom still laughs at that joke to this day. 

Or the year that my alarm never went off and my mom called me from the line wondering if I was on my way.  Whoopsies.


And the traditions you create.

We get in line by 6 AM.

Starbucks by 7 AM.

We text my uncle to tell him what kind of weather we’re braving this year. 

He replies by telling us it’s 70 degrees and sunny in New Orleans.  Gloater.

And I think we created a new tradition this year.

IMG_3521 Giant breakfast, get in my mouth!


Did I mention the CD is really good?

IMG_3515  IMG_3516

The acoustic version of Pumped Up Kicks is awesome.

So while there may be very few things I’m willing to stand in the cold and snow and dark for, the KBCO Studio C CD release is totally worth it.



Do you have any special holiday traditions?

What are you willing to brave extreme weather for?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2011 5:07 PM

    What cute pics! Love the new header btw 🙂

  2. December 4, 2011 6:14 PM

    haha I remember reading about this LAST winter!!!

  3. December 4, 2011 7:51 PM

    I LOVE “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” 😀

  4. December 4, 2011 9:31 PM

    I don’t know what’s more awesome, that tradition, or that cd?!?! Oh my gosh! I’m so jealous!

  5. December 5, 2011 6:52 AM

    Oh my gosh, I totally laughed out loud over the Baby Gap gloves! Hahaha! I love the tradition you guys have created…especially with the recent addition of the breakfast! Nothing like a good warm breakfast after you’ve been rendered of all your natural body heat! And that little syrup carafe is the cutest thing ever! I need to get me one of those! Haha!

    That CD looks amazing! Mumford & Sons, Amos Lee, AND the Decemberists? Totally turning Grinch green with jealously over here!

    The only real holiday tradition we have in our family is that every year my mom lets my sister and I open one gift on Christmas Eve…and we always get new Christmas Day pj’s. She’s been doing it for as long as I remember…and if for some reason, I can’t be at my parent’s house that night, she finds SOME way to get them to me!

    Hmm, not sure there’s much out there that I would brave 23 degree weather and snow for…maybe a lifetime supply of nut butter? 😉


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