“…and she loved a little boy very, very much–even more than she loved herself.”
-From The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
(Photo courtesy of Brittany Gidley Photography, Cleveland, OH
Copyrighted by Brittany Gidley Photography, 2015)
I am so over this winter.
Like, completely. And I’m sure that everyone in the northern United States can agree.
I spent about 75% of my vacation last week in my house because the wind chill was below zero. The actual temperature hovered around zero and dipped into the negatives this past weekend. My off days this week are beginning to look the same. I had been doing pretty well before this cold snap, going to the gym and watching what I was eating (we are having a weight loss thing at work) and I had dropped about two pounds before last week. Ever since last Sunday, all I have done is eat and sit on my butt and watch Netflix. I’m sure I could work out at home and eat right but ughhhhh. I don’t wanna. I’m miserable and I have cabin fever and I just want to sit and eat paczki wrapped in blankets while binge watching BBC dramas (The Fall was amazing, and I binged all four episodes of the first season of A Young Doctor’s Notebook tonight). I’m pretty sure that is what one does when they are sick and tired of being stuck in the house. This arctic snap of hellishness is making me feel like a depressed sleepy bear.
My son is beyond bored. He wants to go outside and play on the snow days he keeps getting, but you can’t really play outside when the wind chill makes it feel like it is -15. You have to bundle up just to take out the trash. I let the mail sit in the mailbox for like three days before I left the warm confines of my living room. My Ikea couch and my legs have become one. My son has exhausted his usual queue of cartoons and Minecraft YouTube mod videos. If it is hard on a 29 year old grown woman, I can’t imagine how unbearable it must be for a ten year old boy. He is frustrated. The coldest day this month so far was his birthday, and since we don’t drive, we had to stay inside rather than go to the science museum like we planned. It’s not worth potentially getting frostbite while getting from Point A to Point B on public transportation when it is 0 degrees with a -17 wind chill. I’m sure people in NYC and Boston can certainly relate. Sometimes I wish I lived in a city where it wasn’t odd to not own a car (but I suppose that will be another post for another time), because then I think others would understand the winter struggle a little more.
I know March is coming and that spring is allegedly just around the bend, but let’s be brutally honest here: I live in Northeast Ohio. Lake Erie is like 94% frozen over. I can expect to wear a winter coat until probably mid-April. I just want it to warm up and be sunny and green and pretty.
So I can start bitching about pollen and my allergies.