When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is walk over to my windows and open the blinds to see what kind of weather Iâ€™m dealing with for the day. During the summer I scowl because everyone I see walking around looks sweaty. During the winter I cringe when I see that people are wearing a gazillion layers. Iâ€™m sure youâ€™re wondering why Iâ€™m such a scrooge when it comes to weather and Iâ€™ll tell you why: Iâ€™m a Southern Californian. I was born and raised in Long Beach and we had no weather. None. Not ever. Sure, some days Iâ€™d have to wear a jacket with my shorts, but overall, it was just consistently nice outside. Now that Iâ€™m a Southern Oregonian and actually have to experience REAL seasonal changes and the weather thatâ€™s normal for those seasons, Iâ€™ve had a hard time adjusting to the weather and adjusting my attitude. I decided this winter that I need to work on embracing the crisp air by using a mental approach rather than bundling upâ€¦
First off, I decided that at least once a week Iâ€™m going to put on a bathing suit and turn the heat up in my house. I mean, really let it blast until Iâ€™m uncomfortable and then walk around complaining about how hot it is. Iâ€™ll go about my house chores, and eventually Iâ€™m bound to forget that it is actually 30 degrees outside.
Another thing that Iâ€™m going to do is continue eating frozen yogurt and ice cream. They say that smells and tastes spark memories, so I figure if I taste the same frozen yogurt and ice cream flavors that I insisted eating multiple times a day this summer, Iâ€™m bound to be transported back to a day where I insisted on complaining endlessly about how freaking hot it was. Iâ€™ll also plan on wearing sunblock throughout the winter, which will send me back to warmer times powered by the scent of summer.
Iâ€™m hoping these mind tricks will work, and if they donâ€™t, well, I guess a future blog will be about my extreme concern of losing toes to frost bite this winter.
Wish me luck.
post by Amanda