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6 Good Things about Winter You’ve Never Thought of Before

22 Nov

Before I go any further, let me cut to the chase: there will be no mention of ice fishing or downhill skiing, so if you’re looking for that sort of thing, just quit now and pick up your dad’s most recent copy of whatever that sporting magazine he reads is called. Instead, I’ve come up with 6 shocking benefits of surviving the winter that you’ve probably not even begun to ponder. Have I piqued your curiosity? Read on…

  1. Less Pressure to Care How You Dress: Pretty much anything beyond winter boots will be destroyed by the ice, wind, slush, and salt, right? So why bother? And, if your footwear is going to relay your low fashion expectations, why not the rest of your clothes as well? (this must be why I’ve been seeing so many girls in Ugg boots lately). Hey, nobody wants to be a walking contradiction!
  2. You Can Stop Caring about Being Fit: I mean, nobody really expects you to try and go out in that weather, and swimsuit season is beyond over. Plus, holiday gorging is the #1 American food-eater’s winter pastime. Oh, it’s ok that I don’t stop eating from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. – it’s Mexican Revolution Day!
  3. You Waste Less Time Walking: Walking, as a habit, is already a huge time-guzzler. In winter you not only perform this laborious task less, but you also do it faster when you do (because you feel like your nose is going to freeze off and your legs are soaking in ice water).
  4. You Don’t Have to Say “Yes” to All Those Annoying Social Invites: You can get out of social events whenever you want in the winter because you can always fall back on the tried and true excuse of not wanting to “go out there” and face the elements. I can’t even begin to count all of the annoying things I’ll get out of. Cousin’s baptism? Nope. Mom’s birthday? Sorry ma—the weather’s looking really iffy…
  5. Worried About All that Holiday Binging Weight? Well, you shouldn’t be. Sooner or later that seasonal depression is going to kick in, and you’ll be right back where you started, if not skinnier!
  6. Whatever doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.


McKenzie Malanaphy

A Little Something to Remember

9 Jun

Winter: Part 1

When the air is really cold the snow packed beneath your feet squeaks like a fresh bunch of asparagus you squeeze in the grip of your hand. Each step crunches and squeaks. Crunch, squeak, crunch, squeak, crunch, squeak. And all the while the world around you seems to exist in some sort of vacuum. The air you breathe isn’t actually there. The sun-suffused snow pains your eyes. In the middle of winter you know it’s going to be a bitch of a day when the sun shines so bright—there’s no water in the air except for the grains of ice and snow that the shameless wind kicks at your legs and face like sand on a windy beach.

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