Oh, February!

Even though it's annoying, winter can be pretty in Toledo.

Even though it’s annoying, winter can be pretty in Toledo.

Again, the shortest month of the year feels like the longest. Oh, February, why? Why?

Cold, dreary, gray, snowy, windy.

It happens every year, but it didn’t used to be so awful. Of course, that was before moving to the Midwest and discovering what real winter feels like. I gotta say, I don’t much like it.

I know I have plenty of companions in my complaining about February. Some people get through it better than I do. A former coworker would look out my office window at the February bleakness, snow piling on the sidewalk, gray clouds overhead, barren trees bending in the icy and unrelenting breeze, and he would say, at least it’s February. Spring is almost here.

I try to keep that in mind as I’m winding my heavy scarf around my neck and chin, slipping on my gloves and mentally preparing to face February out of doors. I bite my lip, and I get through it. But I’ll tell you this, I won’t be sad when February is over.


Ridiculous Outfit Monday Rules

You may know by now that I hate winter. Iowa winter, to be exact.

It’s cold. It’s gray. It’s cold. It’s snowy and icy. It’s cold.

To get through this winter (my fourth in Iowa), I have developed a ritualistic way to make it a little more cheery and give me a little more reason to get up on those dreaded Monday mornings: Ridiculous Outfit Monday.

The rules are simple:

1. Go into your closet.

2. Pull out one article of clothing that is colorful.

3. Blend the rest of your outfit around that single article, but in a way that makes you step out of your comfort zone.

4. The finished product should be office appropriate and make you happy. It should be colorful and experimental. Play with color combinations, patterns, layers, fabrics. Anything goes as long as the dress code gatekeepers won’t frown and write you up for the outfit.

5. Repeat each Monday.

The Endless Winter

Just when I thought I was out….

Winter. I can admit that I didn’t know the extent of it until I moved to Iowa 3.5 years ago. This winter, however, is one for the record books.

So far, Iowa has received 57 inches of snow. This is the snowiest winter on record.

What this means in my world is that the ground has been covered with the frozen white stuff in either snow form or ice form since December. It’s February. I am tired of it. My house is tired of having 3-foot-long icicles hanging from its eaves. My snow shovel is tired of the daily plow. My car is tired of skidding around corners. My heater is tired of warming the house 60 degrees warmer than it is outdoors. And I am tired of being cold and stuck inside.

Some people revel in snow, as I have said before. But I don’t understand these people or where they come from. And I wonder if they experience the same winter I do.

All I know is that I wish Punxsutawney Phil had been a bit braver this year and stayed out of that hole! Or rather, I’d like to climb in with him and wait out the bad weather until spring.

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