Things I Actually Like: a list to combat the winter blues

Making pasta dough
Making pasta dough

Winter is a tricky time for many people, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, myself included.  I feel like I spend way too much time being cranky about things in the winter, so to combat that, here are some things I like from this winter to date.

Making fresh pasta.  Mmmmm.  Is there anything more delicious?  I also love it when I am feeling good enough to do things like cook and take care of myself.  So many of my favorite foods are also the simplest.  Isn’t it amazing that flour+eggs turns into the magic that is fresh pasta?

Nerdy nerd in an R2D2 t-shirt!
Nerdy nerd in an R2D2 t-shirt!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (AKA episode VII).  This is me embracing my inner nerd and wearing a sparkly R2D2 t-shirt to the theater for a morning viewing of the latest installment in the Star Wars series.  I liked it so much that it made me less cranky about the travesty that is episodes I through III.

 

 

 

Playing Agricola with ALL the candy. Don't judge me.
Playing Agricola with ALL the candy. Don’t judge me.

Board games!  I’m so lucky to have a partner and friends who also enjoy playing games.  Some of my current favorites include Agricola (pictured), Seven Wonders, Elfenland, Ticket to Ride, and Age of Empires.

We went for a walk on a winter's day.
We went for a walk on a winter’s day.

 

 

Escaping The Desolation of Smog that my home city becomes in the winter months.  Due to a combination of emissions and geography, pollution gets trapped in our valley in the winters and leads to weeks at a time of hideous and unhealthy inversions during which clear skies and air that doesn’t burn when I breathe are a distant memory.  Winter is hard enough without toxic air, so escaping the problem for clearer skies does wonders for my morale.

Sunrise at Arches National Park. So good.
Sunrise at Arches National Park. So good.

Enjoying clear skies and gorgeous sunrises?  Check.  Getting great joy and much entertainment out of my husband’s sartorial choices?  Check (he had a bad cold he didn’t want to share. The bright orange statement pants are a thing of beauty and a joy forever, p.s. they are reversible).

Plague fashion.
Plague fashion.

Other people’s kids and animals.  All of the fun, none of the responsibility.  Winning!

I made some of my small friends fox masks.
I made some of my small friends fox masks.
This guy. So snuggly, and so weird.
This guy. So snuggly, and so weird.

So I don’t run the risk of anyone mistaking me for an easygoing person, things about this winter that are the worst include: brown air, waiting for medical test results, family dynamics, irresponsible pet owners, and being cold all the time (neither my home nor my office are adequately heated).