Amelia from You Can Always Start Now shared a blog post all about winter, and given that I live in a city known across the country (and possibly further) as “Winterpeg”, I figured I would embrace the storm we got on Monday last week and share my wintery thoughts! As someone who has lived in the middle of Canada for her entire life (save for the year I lived in Dublin), I think I’m in a pretty good position to comment on the season/half year known as Winter…
- Do you have a favorite winter activity?
Hmmm, it’s either a toss-up between walking the dogs or reading by the fire. (Usually the first, followed by the second.) The winter is actually a great time to get in shape, as you burn more energy keeping yourself warm, and it takes more effort to move through the snow. Plus, I enjoy that I get to change up my outdoor activities and don’t get bored. (Take a regular summer game, play it in the snow, and tell me that it’s not hilarious to watch.)
- What is your favorite winter accessory?
Definitely my Lord and Taylor blanket scarf- it is warm outside, and perfect to use at the office if the temperature isn’t high enough for me. (Spoiler alert: it’s never high enough for me!) I’ve got to say, if you live anywhere cold or damp, investing in a good, quality blanket scarf is a must. The cheap fashion scarves don’t really do much when it comes to wind and wet, but a good scarf is a life saver!
- Do you have a go-to winter food/meal?
Hmmm, I don’t think that I have a particular meal, really anything warm and hardy. I typically only do soup if I’m sick, so it’s a lot of baked meals. Although, these past few months have been more of my taco pasta salad (recipe to be shared soon). I will say, I do eat more oatmeal in the morning/at lunch, because it goes a long way to filling you AND making you warm (which often go hand in hand).
- Are you a glove or mitten person?
Mittens- gloves are the fastest way to get hypothermia in your fingers, folks! Plus, if you’ve got snow monkey mittens like I do, it appears as though your mittens are eating your steering wheel and sometimes laughing at that when you are exhausted and headed to work is better than looking stylish in gloves! (I do have leather Kate Spade gloves for nice events, though.)
- Would you prefer rain or snow during the winter?
Certainly snow- once the snow has fallen, and the roads are clean, snow is actually pretty easy to deal with. If it’s a dry climate with snow, as long as you dress appropriately for the weather, you actually stay pretty warm. When I lived in Dublin, the damp rain in the winter was really hard on my joints. Also, I think we can all agree that it’s a lot more fun to play in the snow than it is to play in the rain- no one ever said “I would like to ski down that mountain that just had fresh rain”…
- What book would you recommend to curl up with on a storm day?
I don’t know that I can limit it to just one book recommendation!! I would say to dig into a good biography, like Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (to make you think AND to make you laugh), or a good piece of fiction, like The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern! If it’s a storm day, I like to read the book in one whole sitting for two reasons: 1) I probably don’t have much else to do, and 2) I think that a lot of books are better when read in one sitting.
- Do you embrace winter or dread it?
I embrace it! When you live somewhere that has snow from November to April (sometimes starting in October and ending in May), you have to enjoy it. Thankfully we have dogs in our family that can handle the cold- or will be able to next winter, in the case of Agnes- and taking them for walks and play time in the snow is a lot of fun. And when you spend time outside in the winter enjoying the cold, it makes coming in a lot more fun! (It’s the whole basis of hygge…) If someone truly dreads winter, I would recommend they avoid living in much of Canada. Also, if you are dreading something, looking for a positive goes a long way to making it enjoyable!
How do you embrace the winter?