This is the time. This very week we are midway through winter. And I’ve got the winter blues.
I always start the season well — excited about hot cocoa and flannel jammies and sitting under thick blankets while the snow falls. But by the time we get to February, I can get a little surly. I start dreaming about warm beaches and griping about having to go outside and I exhibit cranky hermit-like tendencies and drive my family crazy.
Over the past few years, it seems to be the same things that pull me out of my rut, perk me up, and keep me going. Here are a few of them:
1.) Pants with zippers. As in, not sweatpants. Or yoga pants. Or pajama pants. After a few days in yoga pants, I make myself put on actual, big-girl pants (usually jeans. I’m not talking about dressing up that much), and maybe even do my hair. I don’t go anywhere special. I just enjoy stepping things up for a day.
2.) Cranberry Walnut Green Salad with Maple Vinaigrette. Because I need my vitamins in the winter.
3.) Carpe Diem-ing. Here in Colorado, the weather is all over the place. Today is supposed to be 70. Two days ago we had snow all day. We usually get our last snowstorm in May. So when the weather is good, we try to ditch our schedules and get outside as much as we can before the next snow.
4.) My Book Club. Lindsay and Shauna have their dinner clubs, I have my book club. It gives me an evening out once a month, and also makes me read a book in the meantime. Often, a book I wouldn’t have chosen. We’ve got a crazy mix of ladies who suggest a crazy mix of books.
We don’t talk about the book the whole time (or…um…most of the time. Or at all sometimes.) but it doesn’t matter. These ladies make me stay out of my pjs past 8pm, and while we began as a book club, we’ve branched out since then, going kayaking, and out to dinner, and accumulating a few stories I’m not allowed to tell you. We’re talking about camping this summer. They’re awesome.
5.) Running. Or walking. Or wogging, which is a combination of walking and jogging and is usually what I’m doing when I brag about going running (I just discovered the Rock my Run app, and I’ve been listening to new music every time I go now. Amazing, this world we live in.)
6.) Water. Cold weather doesn’t easily lend itself to drinking water. I’d rather have coffee, or hot chocolate, or cider, or…all the warm things. I’ve started filling a water bottle every morning to carry around with me and making a conscious effort to drink it more often. Funny thing is, when I fill up with water, I don’t want as many of those other things.
7.) Indoor plants and flowers. I can’t plant anything outside until Mother’s Day, so I like having little green things growing inside my house instead. The Nester says there are three simple things every home needs more of: plants, lighting, and texture…and I’m pretty sure plants are cheapest.
How about you? What are the things that perk you up and save your winter?
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