Anyone else tend to suffer really hard from the winter blues? I know I tend to. Each year I start the winter with high hopes that I will get out, go skating, go sledding, go skiing or snowboarding and keep active and busy and beat the winter blues. Unfortunately that never seems to happen or very seldom. Sometime around the half way mark I go from wonder at the first few seriously pretty snow falls, which I always tend to look forward to at this time of year, to just being fed up with it all and wanting so so so damn bad to be warm again!
Last winter was a particularly brutal one. We had a number of paralyzing snow storms which brought the whole city to a grinding hault. It usually happens at least once a year every year but last year it seemed to be endless. There are other years in my recent memories like that as well. For me, I think the worst thing, and sometimes the best thing, depending on how you look at it, is still having to go to work, despite the fact that my car is buried in a 10 foot snow drift that I have to spend 3 hours shoveling out of before I hit endlessly treacherous roads where I slip and slide my way into the parking lot, only to have to do the whole thing over again to drive the few blocks home. Seems pointless… why do I not just walk you say? Come on… I know that’s what your thinking.
Well, the honest truth is I did that last year and ended up on crutches for 4 whole months because of trying. I live in a very hilly and very treacherous city to walk in. We fight every year to have them clean off the sidewalks only for them to run out of budget to do so 2 weeks into the winter. After that, you are on your own. Walk at your own risk is pretty much the idea. Cause you usually end up having to walk on the street and compete with oncoming cars who struggle to stay on the road and not hit anything… usually pedestrians. It’s just not fun.
So to combat the winter blues, what do I have planned for this year? What have I aspired to do this year, that like every other year ends up getting forgotten 1/3 of the way through the winter? Something a little more simple. I just plan on 3 one hour sessions a week at the gym. If I loose weight, yay! If not, then at least I am a little more active then normal. I would really love if I actually did get down to the Oval or to Ski Martock or Wentworth. But if not then at least the Canada Games Center will help keep me active. As long as I push myself to go.
Another thing I have planned? Get my shopping done this month and in the first 2-3 weeks of December. Not on December 23rd as I always end up doing. Already I have one person (my brother) almost done and on Friday I plan on finishing him off and moving on to my boyfriend and best friend and my parents. The next pay after that I plan on my boyfriends parents, his brother and sister. I wonder if I can do it. I only have 3 pays left before Christmas. Shopping is so much fun! The stepped on toes, the shopping cart bruises, the endless malls of people in a hurry to go no where, even so… It’s still fun. And not to mention the commercials. They are actually one of my favorite things about early winter. I love the holiday commercials, Sears and Walmart really seem to have it down. Almost makes you forget the hectic-ness you will encounter in stores. Amen for online shopping!
For myself I usually tend to buy more scented products like apple pie, brown sugar, peppermint, candy apple, vanilla bean etc around this time of year. Lotions, bubble baths, candles and what have you. I find the scents really act great as pick me ups when you are feeling tired and warn out from trudging through too much snow, or coming in from the worlds worst freezing rain (combined with the salty sea air it can be so hard on your car, your skin, your clothing) or slush. I plan a lot of long bubble baths, the purchase of a new heated blanket (since the old one stopped working sometime over the summer, due to some unknown circumstance), and lost of flannel.
This the season for salt, snow, slush and cold and flu season. Got your shots? I know I got mine!
Am I excited? Yeah for now. Who knows when that’ll fade away and I will once again wish for the warm, sultry, sunny summertime and beaches and barbecues. But for now, bring on the winter! Blues and all! I am ready.