We’re in the middle of a deep freeze and our annual desert vacation/parent visit has been pushed back by 2 weeks, which means all of February stretches out before me like a long, unbroken…icicle. The bulk of January has been spent flinging myself down on to the heating grate when I get home from work, and crying about ever leaving Berkeley. So warm, so many flowers.
Knowing that there’s a good 2.5 months of this to go, I need to get a game plan for getting through it. Last year in Vermont the winter was pretty mild, and before that, my last actual winter ended in January 1996 in Philadelphia. City winter time is way, way different from country winter time. The arctic has no respect for fashion, Vince.
So far the plan has been:
-A lot of candles
-Baths every night
-Nonstop escapist novels
-Huddling in front of the space heater
-Giving up sugar (Again, I know. The cravings are still going strong 3 weeks in.)
I’m still getting major cabin fever, and am jonesing for some Wellbutrin. That’s not an option, so I think it’s time to add:
-Living room dance parties
-Vicarious vacation planning
-Keep on top of the budget so that heating oil deliveries don’t make me black out with stress (it’s hard to balance the accounts when you’re wrapped around a space heater)
-Throw some lemongrass oil in that bath to combat depression and smooth dry skin
-House puttering! Make a list of what needs to be tackled in each room and check it off
-When it gets above 0° (let’s be realistic, when it gets above 20°) more walking on my lunch break, and outdoor hikes and activities on the weekends
-Try to get 8 hours of actual sleep
-Take Vitamin D
-Look up local events & get out of the house!
Arctic friends – especially isolated arctic friends – how do you battle the winter blues?