Listen. I think it's time we have a come-to-Jesus meeting.
It has come to my attention lately that people seem to hate winter, my second favorite season (the first being fall, since it is blogger law that fall be every blogger's favorite season, or death by either drowning in a sea of pumpkin spice latte or hanging by a mustard yellow cable knit scarf).
I understand why people don't like winter. I do. But I don't like it only because it means I have to listen to people complain about it. Look, do you think I enjoyed the -40 degree windchill we had earlier this month that made it so cold my car wouldn't start for a week? No. My love affair with winter grew cold (har har) that week. I threw a hot chocolate in its face and said it could stick its frigid temperatures where the sun don't shine....which unfortunately turned out to be January. But there are so many good things about winter. I promise!
Erin wrote a post yesterday all about why winter isn't awful, and for someone who doesn't like winter, she did a fantastic job. But I have some more to say on the matter.
You see, winter is my heaven. I love it. I know you are all glaring at me, but I will admit that I have a much better tolerance for cold weather than I do for any sort of heat. A lot of people don't mind heat and sweating, but it is my personal hell. Yes, scraping ice off my car in the morning and snowy roads aren't fun, but they're a small price to pay in my book. I would much rather feel my toes go numb than have a drop of sweat on me.
I am here to convert you to Team Winter, because if one person at work or online says "I hate winter!"and "There is so much winter left!" and "Why do I live in Ohio? Why don't I live somewhere tropical?" I will banish you all to an igloo in Antarctica because I am ANNOYED.
So I hereby give you all the reasons you should stop whining about winter and start enjoying it:
1. COMFORT FOOD. You guys, this is the season for COMFORT FOOD. It's time for chilis and stews and mac & cheese and mashed potatoes and PIZZA. Burritos? Ok! Pasta, if you're into that sort of thing. Maybe even some cookies. All the warm foods. HOT CHOCOLATE. Tea! COFFEE FOREVER. How can you even argue with that? You can't. You actually can't.
2. You have the perfect excuse to stay in your pajamas, in bed, and watch Netflix and/or read a book. It would be irresponsible to be driving on the icy roads or out in those frigid temperatures. It's not like you can exercise outside, and errands can wait. You can't say that in the summer! I always feel slightly guilty when it's warm and sunny out and I'm inside all day, like I'm wasting a good day. But during winter? GUILT-FREE LAZINESS.
3. It gets dark early! I know this is something most people hate, but I love it. I went to bed at 7pm on Tuesday night (terrible day + getting sick), and it just felt right. You know why? Because it was dark. And just like #2, I had no guilt going to bed at 7 and reading. And I woke up feeling a million times better.
4. COLD & FLU SEASON! Just wait! Hear me out! Chances are that sometime during the winter, you will get the flu or a cold. Or both. Or one or the other. Maybe multiple times, like the lady at work that blows her nose all day. Yes, it is miserable, but what do you do when you get sick? You take a day off! And once again, ladies and gentlemen, we have another guilt-free day of Netflix binging. You're welcome.
5. COZY THINGS! Flannel pajamas! Fires in the fireplace! Flannel sheets! Lord have mercy, FUZZY SOCKS. Afghans! Blankets! Gloves! MITTENS OMG! SCARVES, too! Oh, and chunky knit sweaters!!!!! I'm hyperventalating from sheer excitement!
6. The absence of all things non-cozy. No bikinis (my nemesis), shorts, or tank tops allowed. No crop tops (how will F21 stay in business?) or anything skin-baring, which is wonderful for a pale-a-tron like me who sort of lost her college bikini bod. Oh, and NO MOSQUITOS. Now tell me that isn't something to dance on the table about!
7. Something to look forward to. If you're like me, you always like to have something to look forward to. All you hooligans can look forward to spring and summer. I promise you they WILL come. I promise! They do every year! The only reason I like summer is so I can look forward to fall and reunite with my brown boots.
Now go forth and make snow angels, dang it!