Ok, it’s November and it’s officially chilly outside. For most people, this is distressing news. Nobody, except kids hoping for snow days, WANTS it to freeze outside do they? There’s plenty of things to put you off living anywhere outside of the equatorial zone when winter strikes…cold tile floors, short days, awful road conditions. But, I think there’s actually a few things that we can appreciate MORE in cold weather. And, it’s more than just Christmas and thick socks.
106. The Return of Cold Weather
1. Red wine and hot drinks. I’m sure I’m not alone in having seasonal taste buds. When people ask the get-to-know-you-type question “What’s your favorite drink?”, I never know what to answer. I don’t really have a favorite drink. What I order really depends on several factors–what the menu offers, what the occasion is, and super important here…what the weather is outside. When it’s hot, I want a cold beer, white wine, or a refreshing cocktail like a mojito. But when the weather turns, I get down with red wine, whiskies, and hot cocktails. These things are meant to warm your belly. I don’t think you can really truly appreciate the figgy, chocolatey, earthy tones of a zinfandel in hot weather. Also, who wants an Irish coffee in the summer ever? Not me!
2. Jackets and clunky shoes–In summer, I often find myself having to suck in my gut and watch what I eat more closely. Not so in fall and winter! Feeling a bit podgy due to that extra dessert of fourth pint? Just cover up with a sweater and jacket. No one will no the difference (until you get naked–then the illusion is over). The shoes? Well, I don’t wear high heels but I DO have some boot cut jeans. They look better with shoes that have thick soles and I can’t wear giant sneakers ALL of the time (unfortunately). The clunkier the shoe, the more supported my foot feels. Being an urban kind of girl, I also like that extra level of protection that a bigger shoe gives me against street gum, street trash…and since I’ve moved to Manchester, street barf.
3. Jazz music–Admittedly, this one is a bit more difficult to explain. I guess there’s just something about jazz music that reminds me of winter holidays…Christmas, New Years, and Valentine’s Day. When I hear Lena Horne or Ella Fitzgerald singing anything or something like Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train” it makes me think of long brisk walks around New York City. You should be able to see your breath in front of you when you listen to that music. You should also have a classic Greek deli coffee cup in your hand. Oh, there should also be steam coming out from the manhole covers in the streets and yellow cabs racing by.
4. Watching a DVD at home–Yes, I know that many of these items seem like they’re all about getting warmer and battling the cold of winter–instead of celebrating the chill. Well, to that, I ask the following question. In which other season are you SUPPOSED to use Biederlack blankets and hot water bottles? Summer? I think not. (This just in…fricking Biederlack of America is going out of business! Quick, purchase their amazingly fuzzy blankets whilst you still can. I implore you!) Biederlack
Anyway, as I was saying, getting warm and snuggly and inert whilst watching a DVD is better in the winter. The reason why should be obvious to anyone with a conscious. When/if it’s warm and sunny outside, don’t you feel guilty for staying in and watching television? Aren’t you ashamed to be indoors when you could be out playing frisbee, picnicking in the park, or flying a kite? No need to feel bad about your sloth in the autumn and winter. Fire up the popcorn in the microwave and pop in Ghostbusters for the 50th time. Ain’t no shame.
5. Candle appreciation–Again, as with anything that I’ve mentioned on this list, it doesn’t HAVE to be cold outside to appreciate this item. Candles in summer are nice…say you’re having an evening meal at a beachfront restaurant, gentle breeze rolling in, a candle on the table gently flickering–lovely. But the long nights mean that candles are almost a necessity in autumn and winter. Plus, the heavy and sweet scents that come with these seasons are soooo good. Pumpkin, cinnamon, pine, vanilla, jeez even myrrh. I’ll take ‘em! My pal Ari has his own candle line and his fig-scented one is heavenly. Scandles No I’m not just flogging them because he’s my buddy. It’s just that they’re good.
6. Sledding–Obviously. Sure, there are other winter sports that are fun. But, I’m really not athletically gifted enough to enjoy them properly. Sledding? All you have to do is sit on a piece of plastic. That, I can handle.
Now, that’s six reasons to help you feel happier in these dark and cold months. Don’t forget, when you step into the crisp air it only bites for a few moments. A good scarf ALWAYS helps. Once you move around in the outdoors, you warm right up. Just remember that you’ll like it better if you put some jazz in your earbuds and a glass of wine in your belly. Enjoy a bit of Duke and Ella.