Seattle winters are the worst because they're so uneventful. Granted, last year we did have that crazy windstorm, ,which was scary and awesome, but normally it's like it has been this winter. Flatly dreary, with a snow shower or two, and the occasional sunny day. And normally, this weather leads me to ask not whether I will fall victim to Seasonal Affective Disorder, but at what point it will peak and how disruptive it will be. But this year I dodged the bullet! I feel great, dudes!! I'm sliding down rainbows with my ass in the air! So, in honor of my awesome state of non-depression, here is a list of some of the things that get me out of bed in the morning. They may or may not be responsible for my lack of the SADs.
1. Online Scrabble
I use an application on Facebook called Scrabulous to get my wordplay fix. I have like 12 games going on with various buddies in all parts of the country. Kerri and I have played somewhere around 7 games together. It's great because you get to do something with friends without having to brave the rain or even put on pants.
2. Coffee/ Bodum cups
Every night before I fall asleep I think to myself, "When I wake up, there will be coffee!!" and then I doze off with an expectant joy in my heart. Part of why I enjoy my coffee so much is that I have these awesome cups, made by Bodum . Not only are they gorgeous, but they are the perfect shape and feel great in your hands. The double layers of glass are seperated by air so they are never too hot to hold.
God, coffee is so great. Supposedly some recent studies said that coffee causes miscarriages, but I don't buy it for a second. And frankly, I'm not so sure I want someone who doesn't like coffee crashing in my uterus for nine months anyway. (Kidding. Just Kidding.)
3. Music from hot-ass countries
I have a theory that if you listen to music that sounds like sunshine you can trick your brain into thinking that maybe the weather isn't so suck-ass shitty after all. Or something. So I made a playlist of music from Jamaica, Cuba and Brazil (with a pinch of France for texture) for when I need to do shit around the house. Here it is!
Give it a listen, and let me know if it does anything for you.
4. Making the Bed
I have only recently become a Person Who Makes The Bed, and I gotta say, I'm loving it. Another theory of mine is that while my early twenties were about figuring out how to keep myself alive, my mid-to-late twenties are about figuring out how I want to live my life. Making the bed is a small act, but it makes a huge difference in how I view my home and as an extension of that, how I view myself.
5.Fancy Olive Oil
My buddy Sam works at this rad olive oil store in Pacific Place called O&Co. I went down to visit him one day and he had me taste a bunch different oils, each one more delicious than the last. He also dropped a hefty dose of science on me. I had no idea, previous to this visit, that extra virgin olive oil was not for cooking things in (shame on you, Rachael Ray!!), but is for finishing foods with. I left empty-handed that day, but about a week later I had to come back for the O&Co basil-infused olive oil because I simply could not stop thinking about how delicious it was. I'm so glad I did, too, because now I put it on everything. I think next time I'll get a lemon-infused oil to sprinkle over my couscous. Oh my god, it's gonna be so delicious.