Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Cheer Up!

I hate winter. I can't think of anything I like about it. Maybe Christmas, but after that it's all downhill until my birthday in March. I struggle with the cold, the dark, depressing sky, and the lack of outdoor running. This year I made a list of fairly inexpensive things to do in preparation for snowy inversion lined days. They also work for a bad day or week. Hopefully you can use a few yourself! A couple I stole from a magazine and the rest I made up. Beware: they are girly

1. Buy some sunflowers or gerbera daisies to brighten up your table, room, or desk. They're quite inexpensive but still cheery.
2. Take a local nature walk. Everywhere has some nature and it calms the soul. When we thought even the gutter had some interesting things in it.
3. Write a love letter or make a mix tape for someone you love.
4. Take a bath with an new cheap bubble bath. I love mint!
5. Get an inexpensive mani/pedi, give one to yourself, or just soak your feet in some steaming water and peppermint extract.
6. Light a new scent - oil, candle, whatever you have. We got a new cinnamon sticks oil for $4 that reminds us baking apples.
7. Cut and Paste - I do this with magazines and old catalogs around some kind of theme and put it in a book or on some poster paper to display on my bulletin board. There's something theraputic about it. I just need to buy some of the kindergarten paste they used to have.
8. Buy and eat some fun food! - for me mangoes, raspberries, french fries with fry sauce, cherry cream cheese danishes, and chocolate crissonts do the trick.
9. Buy a couple of songs you've been waiting to get on itunes.
10. Go to the library and read your favorite children's books - Cloudy with a Chance of Meat Balls, Liza Lou and the Yeller Bellie Swamp, Hans Christen Andersen's Fairy Tales, Blueberries for Sal, Serendipity Books.
11. Color a picture (I'm thinking My Little Pony) with crayons or colored pencils and post it on the fridge or give it to someone else. Also, sprinkle it with glitter.


holtkamp said...

those are good tips. another one i've used is: get a pet (i.e.a fish) gloomy skies are the sole reason i bought george (my fish) it's relaxing watching him swim around in the winter.

Emily said...

You forgot "take a trip to San Diego and get warm."