Sunday, January 09, 2011
behold the puffy coat
Since the Ohio winter first set in (which to me, if I had to name the exact moment, was when I saw the first snowflake, in early November, but true Ohioans would certainly beg to differ; in fact, most of them continue to tell me that "real" winter is not even here yet!) I have been so adverse to the cold. I joke about my Southern blood being too thin (it is, it is) and about my wardrobe consisting almost entirely of short-sleeved t-shirts and t-shirt-weight cardigans (it does, it does--I pulled out my heaviest clothing back after that first snowflake sighting), but behind all of the joking, truly there is a very cold girl. While I'm still learning to deal with the cold (rule #1--behold the puffy coat!), one thing I have realized is that slowing down and staying inside helps a lot. I am learning not to feel guilty for not being busy enough! And I've realized just how many things--leisurely things, if you will, not busy things--I can work on while I'm bundled up by my trusty space heater. I'm thinking cooking, crafting, doodling, reading, organizing (when spring finally comes, hello, I will not be inside doing spring cleaning!), etc. I'm learning to use this cold for my personal benefit.