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Groundhog/Candlemas/St Brigid's/Imbolc - you name it, we got it Day [Feb. 2nd, 2005|04:41 pm]
Zoethe
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So good ol' Puxatawny Phil saw his shadow and we're in for six more weeks of chill, eh?

Please. Don't get my hopes up. Spring actually arriving by the second week of March would be wonderful. As I recall from last year and the year before, we've had that darling mix of creeping...up...t..o..w..a..r..d....50 -no it's 24 again! Whee!!!

And snow in April. Who can't love that?!

I started off the winter complaining - nay, whining - about how much I dislike cold weather, but as it is undoubtedly here to stay for another couple months, it's time to reconsider and look for the things I like about this time of year, things that don't have summertime counterparts, true benefits to winter:

1. I prefer wearing tights to wearing nylons, and you can't wear tights in the summertime because it looks really dumb.

2. My coat. I have this great leather coat, almost floor length, that flares out all Matrix-like. No wearing that in the summertime.

3. Sweaters. I like wearing sweaters.

4. When you forget to put out the trash on garbage day, the garage does not smell like a toxic waste dump by the following week.

5. Uh....I got nothin'.

That's it. That's the only reasons I can think of that winter is superior to summer. And they can all be pretty well accomplished in the briskness of fall or the coolness of early spring.

Damn. I do hate winter.
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[User Picture]From: old_hedwig
2005-02-02 01:48 pm (UTC)
fires in the fireplace/woodstove? You can boil stock and run the oven all day long without heating up the house being a bad thing?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-02 01:50 pm (UTC)
Ooo, fires are good. I need to have one. We have a gas fireplace that's quite nice, but we never think to light it.
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2005-02-02 01:49 pm (UTC)
No ridiculous AC bills.

Not having to worry about your ass sticking to your chair.

Being able to cuddle up with your spouse for warmth, instead of pushing him away like he was a fleshy furnace.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-02 01:51 pm (UTC)
Gas bill is high in the winter.

My chair is cloth, so nyah.

Can't argue with number 3, though.
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2005-02-02 01:58 pm (UTC)
Not as high as the AC bills. I know that for a fact.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-02 01:51 pm (UTC)
I enjoy cool. 35-40 is fine. Cold, I got no use for.
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[User Picture]From: miripanda
2005-02-02 01:52 pm (UTC)
How about snow that brightens up the outside? The hardest thing about spring/late autumn for me is the cloudiness and rain and greyness that just dampens everything from socks to spirits. When the snow comes to stay, suddently everything is brighter, all the time.

And hot chocolate. Not so much the market for that in the summer.

I have a great leather coat, but I do miss flip-flops, which do not particularly lend themselves to winter wear.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-02 01:55 pm (UTC)
See, I grew up in Oregon, so gloomy weather is natural for me. I prefer rain to snow.

Not a big fan of hot chocolate, either.
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[User Picture]From: miripanda
2005-02-02 02:15 pm (UTC)
Love the icon, by the way....
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-02 04:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks - she was drawn by queeniex.
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[User Picture]From: miripanda
2005-02-03 06:16 am (UTC)
Actually, the one you had up was the snowman being held hostage by a hair dryer, which amused me mightily.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-03 06:20 am (UTC)
Ah, that one! Yeah, I love it myself!
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[User Picture]From: kagomeshuko
2005-02-02 03:03 pm (UTC)

Welcome to Louisiana!

cloudiness and rain and greyness that just dampens everything from socks to spirits

This is the weather we have NOW and have had for quite a few weeks! Welcome to a Louisiana winter! Gray, rain, cold, gloomy, and MUDDY!

Stein Auf!
Bridget
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[User Picture]From: idiolecto
2005-02-02 02:12 pm (UTC)

Slap in the face much?

As someone who now lives in the land of perpetual summer, I say be grateful for winter. I long, mourn and pine for winter. I wake up screaming for winter.

Trust me when I say that unending summer is not something to be desired. Your plants get scorched. Your crotch gets sweaty. You literally have to think a long hard moment to remember what month it is. Without the psychological renewal the changing seasons brings a person can go quite mad.

P.S. Didn't you once live in Alaska? ; )
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-02-02 02:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Slap in the face much?

I hate the Beach Boys (I stay indoors all day)
Give me my raincoat (Draw the curtains closed)
On all the brightest days (I stay indoors all day)
I listen to Leonard Cohen (I'm so tired of sunshine)
Songs of gloom (Can't wait for the nighttime)
So into my room
Go away (Winter never comes to this place)
Please let (There's always sunny weather)
Me go where (I've been warm for too long)
Air is cold (Let me go where the air is cold)

But when the night falls (I toss and turn til dawn)
And I am dreaming (Sunlight fills my nightmares)
Two girls for every boy (I toss and turn the whole night through)
Why don't they wear something modest (I'm so tired of sunshine)
On the sand in August (Even in the nighttime)
Should be banned
Go away (Winter never comes to this place)
Please let (There's always sunny weather)
Me go where (I've been warm for too long)
Air is cold (Let me go where the air is cold)

Where air is cold (Let me go where the air is cold)
Where air is cold (Let me go where the air is cold)
Let me go away

Again, again, I remember
Again, again, I remember
When I met her, it was raining

A little sunburn (The sun gets brighter every day)
Could give me cancer (The sun gets brighter every day)
Protect my chromosomes (The sun gets brighter every day)
Please keep me free from melanoma (I'm so tired of sunshine)
I'll move to Tacoma (Can't wait for the nighttime)
Sing yahoo
Go away (Winter never comes to this place)
Please let (There's always sunny weather)
Me go where (I've been warm for too long)
Air is cold (Let me go where the air is cold)

Where air is cold (Let me go where the air is cold)
Where air is cold (Let me go where the air is cold)
Let me go away

Again, again, I remember
Again, again, I remember
When I met her, it was raining

"I Hate The Beach Boys"
(c) 1984 Gunnar Madsen and Richard Greene, Best of Breed Music (ASCAP)

-1em
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-02 04:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Slap in the face much?

Okay, you're a little TOO hot for my tastes that far south, I admit!

Yes, I did once live in Alaska. Notice the part where I left?! ;-)
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From: tessbelle
2005-02-02 02:27 pm (UTC)
No bathing suits...the bane of my non-fit existence. :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-02-02 02:38 pm (UTC)

#5

Sledding, snowmen, snow forts, and snowball fights. You know, for the kids.

All right, so I'm biased.

-1em
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-02 08:04 pm (UTC)

Re: #5

So I'm showing my age? Yeah, probably....
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[User Picture]From: ladycathead
2005-02-02 03:15 pm (UTC)
Knitting pretty cozy scarves. Feeling the yarn warming your hands. Then being able to give them to loved ones right away. I've made pot holders and tried doing a beach bag for summer, but they are not the same. :(

There's also no pressure to be tan in the winter time. Skin cancer sucks anyway. And hair looks better darker in the winter. For me that's good~all those highlights are expensive.
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[User Picture]From: kimbyrle
2005-02-02 07:33 pm (UTC)
You can get away with not shaving your legs for extended periods of time.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-02 08:03 pm (UTC)
Not a problem for me, since I have almost no body hair. I shave my legs, like, quarterly. If that.
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[User Picture]From: kimbyrle
2005-02-03 01:15 am (UTC)
Oh, you SUCK!!! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-03 03:05 am (UTC)
I have often been told so. [g] The trade-off is that I have very fine, thin hair on my head.
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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2005-02-02 08:16 pm (UTC)
Not to rub it in but we had sunshine and 60 degrees today. I couldn't have needed it much more desperately. I took the dog and my children for a walk and took care of some of the dead crap in the flower beds.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-02 08:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's not rubbing it in....
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[User Picture]From: susitna
2005-02-03 01:38 pm (UTC)
As someone who is waking up every morning terrified that summer is that much closer, I want to say "Quiet! What if the weather listens to you?"

I think that once you get a little more fit you'll develop an appreciation for winter. Although I'm a crazy shred-fiend, I can't stand being cold without a good reason. Honestly, when you're not putting it to use, what does snow have to offer? But I can recall a time when you used to put other telemarkers to shame, demolishing the black diamond mogul runs at Alyeska, Breck, Steamboat... The secret to enjoying winter is getting out in it... but not for the freezing walks to the bus stop or the miserable shoveling of a drive way. When you're not angry at the snow because it's fucking you over, but rather happy because it's providing fun activities you see it in a completely different light. What was ugly and unwanted becomes beautiful. Even I hated winter in Cape Cod... No mountains.

You do have a ski slope 45 minutes away, and I know you're busy, but instead of going to a weekend dinner and movie, why not book out to Boston Mills to cruise around for some night skiing (the rates are actually pretty cheap if you don't go all day)? Even if Ferrett won't be converted, I bet you have at least one friend who skis, even if you don't know it. Hey, you could always take Brad or Josh...

Just something to consider.
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