Guys, the winter doldrums have definitely set in. Aside from the excitement of late night study – and it is exciting, I’ve enjoyed having you all here so much – I can’t seem to get enthused or inspired about much of anything. I’m tired a lot, I’m bored of TV and movies and even less excited than usual about books, bored of doing adult chores like grocery shopping and cooking dinner, bored of tromping through snow to get to my car.
Which tells me I need something to spice things up (but not literally – see the above mentioned “bored of cooking” bit.) So here’s a list of “break through the winter boredom” ideas I’m going to try over the next few days – hopefully something will work!
1.) Lots more hot chocolate! I’ve has some of course, but it certainly makes all those boring winter things seem almost worth it, because hot chocolate is so dang good. And since I’m planning on having lots of it, I think I’ll try making it even better by adding things like peppermint extract, vanilla, marshmallows, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, or whatever else I think of. Not all at once, obviously. I’m totally not judging if you like peppermint/vanilla/marshmallow/pepper/cinnamon flavored hot chocolate, but as far as I’m concerned – yuck!
2.) Reading an old favorite. Yes, I talk about comfort reads and old favorites a lot, but I have a confession to make: I don’t actually re-read all that much these days. There’s so many great new books coming onto our shelves all the time that I get swept up in reading those. But I’m starting to miss my go-to books. Harry Potter and Tamora Pierce require complete re-reads, so those are out, but I’m thinking it’s about time to pick up some Robin McKinley, Philip Pullman, or Oscar Wilde and revisit places and people I haven’t connected with in a while.
3.) Reading something I hope will be a new favorite! For me, this almost always means something in speculative fiction. There’s something about getting completely swept up into a whole new world and characters, into an exciting plot and events that – as much as they relate to our own world – could never happen in real life, that just really appeals to me. I haven’t decided what book I’ll pick up yet. Among the latest series that I got really swept up in were The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson and Graceling and the companion novels by Kristin Cashore. I’ve heard good things about The Testing series by Joelle Charbonneau, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, and Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, but I am totally open to suggestions as well!
4.) Watch a classic movie. I don’t know why, but there’s something about the classics that peps me up in a way that modern movies, no matter how wonderful or hilarious, can do. I’m not actually a big classic movies nerd (I’m not even a big movie nerd at all – there’s only so much time in a day, and it rarely seems to come to me in 2+ hour chunks.) But give me Some Like It Hot, Casablanca, or especially Singin’ in the Rain and I am a HAPPY CAMPER.
5.) Find ways to get outdoors and active more! I exercise almost every day, but this weather has meant that I’ve wimped out and done indoor workouts a lot lately. But every time I DO force myself out into the cold for a run, I come back feeling amazing. I warm up quickly, and there’s nothing like being physically active in the fresh air to make me feel on top of the world. So even if it’s too cold and/or slippery for a run, I can at least try ti get out for some long (careful, well-bundled) walks.
What are your tips and tricks for triumphing over winter cabin fever?