It’s basically spring! Now, I know, real spring is still a while away (March 20, if you want to be all precise about it), but I’m taking what I can get.
“But Victoria,” I hear you saying. “I thought you liked winter! Weren’t you coming over all enthusiastic about the sparkly lights and the hot punch?” True, and well done for paying attention. That said, I have a very simple feeling about snow and winter. Before Christmas, I love it! It’s pretty and sparkly and magical, and you can wear ugly sweaters and eat cookies and watch wonderful old movies. But after Christmas and New Year’s?
That’s when it’s time to take off the eggnog goggles and remember that winter is really incredibly cold. And it’s snowy, and icy, and that kind of windy that feels like a hundred little ice picks doing the Hopak on your face. Plus, between the blasting cold and the blasting heat we use to counteract it, your skin feels terrible. All of this was true before Christmas, but then, it’s atmospheric. It would be weird if it wasn’t icy and snowy, but once you don’t have a fantastic winter holiday to look forward to, the magic goes away pretty fast.
All of this is a very long way of saying that I got myself outside today to enjoy this nice warm weather. I wore my lightweight coat! I had to stuff my scarf and hat in my purse because it was too warm to wear them! I wished I had brought my sunglasses because it was so sunny!
Oh yeah, that’s right, it’s only sunset. Still not dark. Soon, it will be warm out all of the time, and I can wear sundresses and buy some new sandals and hang out in shops just because they have air conditioning. There will be picnics! And ice cream! And…having to start shaving my legs again, but it’s a small price to pay in exchange for some good old Vitamin D.