what’s keeping me sane this winter


Ugh, winter. What can I say that hasn’t been said already about this doggone season? I just want to shake winter by the shoulders and tell it very sternly, “Hey, I’ve had enough of you!” In the meantime, I’m just trying to keep myself warm and staying in as much as I can without going completely cabin-fever crazy. I’m seeking comfort and joy in a few small things, as anyone should when they find themselves facing those mid-winter blues. This season is boring me to tears.

After work, I’ll head to the library and pick up a frivolous book about a quirky young woman who’s engaged to the guy that doesn’t “get” her and finally ends up with the charming, witty architect who she can be herself with by the end of it. Since I’ve started watching Sherlock, I’ve been picturing Benedict Cumberbatch as the dreamy leading man in these scenarios (can you say dreamboat? I mean.). Honestly, I’d love to get into a thrilling young adult story, but any time I go into the library the YA section is completely overrun by teenagers. They’re all sitting in a circle discussing whoknowswhat (books?) and blocking the entire section of fiction. I never ask them to move because it looks like they might be in the middle of a book club meeting or something. But I do get huffy about it sometimes and when I get home, I’ll shout at Bob, “There were teens in the teen section again!”


The promise of a trip to Charleston, SC this year is getting me pretty excited. The planning, oh I love the planning! It’s half the fun. I have my Frommer’s Charleston handbook all dog-eared and marked up with a bunch of must go heres! That will likely be later on in the year, so we might do a short weekend trip earlier to…Salem? Sleepy Hollow? We must be feeling the history this year because our present options are all rich in it.

There’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a ridiculously frigid day, which we’ve been experiencing a lot of lately. Not to toot my own horn too much, but I’m pretty damn good at soup. Lately, I’ve been a fan of adding small bits of sweet potato to almost every one I make (it is especially good in this one and this one).  I’ll be all warm and comfy with my soup, while it’s 15 degrees out and it’s almost like I’m shaking my fists at the cold and telling it, “Do your worst! I’m home, I’m cozy and I’ve got soup!”.

I’ve even started to appreciate that once-obnoxious clang-clang-clang sound of the radiator. Even at 2am on a work night, the sound of hissing paired with hammers banging against metal is like beautiful music to my ears. I love a good heat blast.

So, how’ve you been holding up?

6 responses to “what’s keeping me sane this winter”

  1. rooth says:

    Sherlock is definitely an addiction, I think I’ve watched every episode at least twice. I need to get caught up to the new one! I am so ready for spring though. This cold is unbearable and I’m totally cranking the heat!

    • Jillian says:

      I just finished it a few days ago. I honestly wasn’t that crazy about the finale (the season 2 finale was too amazing to top!), but there was something that happened within the last 3 minutes that intrigued me GREATLY.

  2. ashley says:

    This sounds ridiculous coming from someone in a warm climate, but sometimes I miss that cold weather. Not to the point of numbness (ugh), but I sort of miss the change in scenery.

    You tell those teens to get outta your section!!

    • Jillian says:

      Yeah, I can handle 30 degrees. It’s when it’s 8 degrees that I’m like, WHY?!

      Oh, I want to tell them to get lost! Haha. There’s a part of me that feels awkward saying it because it feels like I’d be encroaching on their turf, you know? I have weird social issues.

  3. lena says:

    Charleston is such an incredibly fun city! Can you believe I’ve been dreaming about a wintry wonderland getaway this winter?

  4. colleen says:

    i love charleston!!! can’t wait to see your trip and all the fun stuff you guys do!

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