One of March’s biggest moments is the vernal equinox, more commonly known as the first day of spring to anyone not currently enrolled in an Earth Sciences class. As much as we enjoy t-shirt weather, blooming flowers, and the first chirps of baby birds, winter is something we are definitely going to miss. Life simply isn’t as meaningful without the biting whip of icy winds, the constant threat of looming snowstorms in your city’s forecast, and the incessant hiss of your heater. Now that bulky sweaters and long johns are no longer necessary, we’ll have an extra five hours a week saved on laundry alone, and we are in a near panic wondering what we will do with all of our free time. No, spring is definitely not our season, but as we march forth into warmer weather, let us look back and remember all of our absolute favorite things about our good friend winter.
Extra Arm Workouts
There is no greater feeling than knowing that you’ve gotten tons of extra workouts for your biceps in during those snowy months. The heavier and wetter the snow is, the better. We love having to wake up two hours earlier than usual for work so that we can be on the streets bright and early shoveling out our vehicle. The best days are when the plow has already come down the road and compacted an extra foot or two of snow against our car. Spring doesn’t contribute to our physique nearly as much as winter!
And More Arm Workouts
As if digging out a car isn’t enough fun, the days when also you have to tend to your sidewalk make winter almost too exciting to take! Better yet, nothing beats living on a corner lot, where you get to shovel twice the amount of walking space. Our hearts are filled with joy every time a neighbor mutters under their breath that our part of the block is still too icy, or that we didn’t do a good enough job. Something about the snow really brings out neighborhood friendliness!
New Fashion Trends
Everyone loves the chance to change up their wardrobe as each season begins, but the surprise additions to our clothes that winter brings are truly exciting. As if itchy sweaters and layers on layers weren’t enough, winter throws in its own dose of artistry every time we walk along a freshly salted path or parking lot. We love spending money on boots and pants, only to await the new patterns added to them from excess rock salt. Whether we’re spending more money at the dry cleaner, or pouring through search engines for cleaning tips, the snowy season really helps us empty our bank account and fill up our free time without having to think too much about our plans. Thanks, winter!
Showing Off Your Skills
Our favorite new trend to hit the masses has to be “winterspreading.” No other movement has allowed us to show off as many of our refined skills as this cold weather tendency. Whenever we brave the arctic temperatures to head to a bar or restaurant, it is good to know that any patron who has beaten us through the door will take up an additional seat or table for all of their winter layers alone. When else can we show off how patient we are as well as waiting in patience for 45 minutes for a seat to open up in a half-empty establishment? And how else would others know what impeccable balance we have if we didn’t get this chance to juggle our coats, scarves, and extra sweaters with a full drink in hand?
Tying Shoestrings on Your Budget
The winter months also make us budget-conscious and responsible spenders. Nothing delivers quite the same thrill as opening up your monthly bills to find that heating your home has more than tripled your expenses. Gone is the guilt of spending too much money at the mall or going out to eat an extra night or two for the week. During the winter, we don’t have any money to spend on such frivolous ventures! We are forever indebted to below freezing temperatures for forcing us to keep a watchful eye on our bank accounts.
Quality Time with the Car Radio
The cold mornings of winter give us some extra time to listen to the latest Top 40 hits on our local radio stations. Those extra minutes spent in the car each morning, while the steering wheel is so cold you could get frost bite just by touching it, really keep us in tune with what that latest trends are in music. Thank goodness we couldn’t even get our frozen cars to drive if we wanted to!
Loading Up on Vitamin C
What should everyone’s number one priority be? Their health, of course! Winter is a great time to amp up your healthy habits and start hoarding vitamin supplements and tissues anywhere you can: your medicine cabinet, your desk at work, even in the car. The ever-present coughs and sneezes of strangers at every turn is one of the best things about colder months because they remind us to always be aware of that slight tickle in our throats, and to wash our hands nonstop. An added bonus of the incessant attack of hot water and soap on our hands? We get to spend even more money on lotion to keep our skin from cracking all season long!
Wow! With all of these great benefits, who is actually looking forward to spring? We know that we’ll be reminiscing about the good old cold when that t-shirt weather and sunshine rolls around this year.