‘Surviving’ the New York Blizzard

Two days ago the Mayor warned the citizens of New York that around three-feet of snow would dump down on Tuesday evening. 

Naturally we believed him and began devising an emergency plan to survive our first blizzard. Mister C left work early while I ran to the supermarket, along with half of the city, to stock up on provisions- you know, cherry pie, salami, milk- the true essentials.IMG_3852We spent a lot of Tuesday staring out the window just waiting for that three-foot dump of snow. By the time it neared midnight and with no more than three inches on the ground, we gave up and went to bed. 

The next morning I excitedly lifted the blinds only to find…. nothing but slush. Our open car port was bare, there was less than a foot of snow on the streets and yet New York was entirely empty. Lots of shops were closed, restaurants weren’t opening kitchens and those that were open, had ‘Snow Day’ menus- think bar snacks like pretzels and nuts. timessquarephoneboothsYou’d honestly think the world had come to an end. 

The only silver lining to blizzard-gate is having the city almost entirely to yourself. When I went walking this afternoon the only people out on the streets were a few tourists and a handful of awkward dogs in snow booties.dogsinbooties pigeons paramounttimessquareslippingdogbooties dogbooties2 The most awkward dog in booties award goes to this one. snowploughingThanks though to all those who messaged and asked how we were, I felt the love from across the oceans that divide us.

To be honest, our biggest ‘crisis’ was thinking we were going to have to survive the blizzard without wine- I completely forgot to grab a bottle while I was at the supermarket! 



Dear 2014 Christiana

Looking back on 2014 this is what I wish I could have told myself on January 1st as the New Year was rung-in. Does anyone else have a letter they’d like to share? I would love to hear about the life lessons and experiences you’ve gained. 

Dear Christiana, 

You don’t know it yet but this year is a game changer. You will start off with a boyfriend and end up with a fiancé. While the relationship dynamic won’t change there’s a ‘je ne sais quoi’ about knowing outright that the man you love will be there until you’re old. Ring2Talking about relationships, that long-distance thing you’ve been doing has to stop. You’ve been with him longer apart than together in the same country and no job is worth the sacrifice.  Your boss will support you moving back to London, but he will also also snidely tell you to just go off and have children then, if your relationship is so damn important. Laugh it off, you won’t be working there much longer.

That job will give you experiences, which you will be telling your grandchildren about. Remember the Syria emergency meeting in Brussels where everyone else was male and at least twice your age? One man will ask who that diplomat was, you’ll loudly say “William Hague”, and finally feel worth your salt. At pressers fellow journalists will often ask what news agency you are doing your internship for but once you tell them your new London job title they’ll back off.Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 12.59.42(That’s Obama and it’ll be the highlight of 2014 producing this press event. You’ll also meet David Cameron and interview a Normandy war veteran.)

No one will quite believe that at your age you have taken on so much responsibility and once you quit, most future employers won’t either. Just work incredibly hard and they’ll soon understand that age has never defined your abilities. 

Talking about work, your blog will be worth the hours of photographing, writing and editing, so please keep at it even when those niggling doubts creep in. 

By the end of the year you’ll have attracted enough visitors to fill the Sydney Opera House concert hall five times over, be proud of that statistic, and don’t be embarrassed to let people know that. meandhairFinally, stop overanalysing what might or might not happen in 2015 and don’t forget that there is no such thing as luck, it’s just a combination of opportunity and practice. So keep studying as your education will be never ending, keep blogging as success isn’t a reward for the lazy and learn to forgive those you love more easily. Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 13.19.34

P.S. You’re kinda fabulous as you are.