I was walking up the steps to my apartment earlier and happened to see a can lying on the ground. Part of the can’s contents had spilled onto the ground… and had then frozen. The liquid hadn’t spread very far, so it had probably frozen not long after it had spilled.
It’s at this point that I feel like I should be allowed to hibernate until things are no longer capable of freezing outside.
It’s cold. It’s very cold. I’m the type of person who enjoys scalding showers, sleeping under a mountain of electric blankets, and reading in my car during the summer (with the windows rolled up so that the temperature in the car reaches about 90 degrees Fahrenheit). I hate cold.
But hey, it’ll probably be cold for a very long time, so we might as well get used to it, right? When life gives you lemons, we’re supposed to make lemonade. But frankly, lemons are nasty, and so is lemonade made out of pure lemon juice.
If you hate the cold like I do and you’ve rejected the possibility of holing up in your room until the world thaws, then instead of making the best of a crappy situation, you may want to consider ways to avoid being cold at all costs.
So here are some options: 1. Wear warm clothes… please. If you’re wearing shorts, flip-flops, or even a light jacket, please don’t complain about being cold. It may not be snowing right now, but wear boots, a scarf, earmuffs or a hat (one that covers your ears), gloves, a heavy coat (or maybe 2. Actually, I recommend 2), warm socks, etc.
2. Drink something warm or eat something warm or do both. We have Starbucks and Einstein’s on campus. Yeah, they can be expensive, but it’s better than having your blood freeze inside your veins. I’d like to think that I have the good sense to eat so much sugar that my blood is too thick to freeze, but just in case, a little hot chocolate never hurts. And if you can’t afford to buy (or don’t feel like buying) something, I’m sure that hot water would work, too.
3. Stay inside as much as possible. I’m sure a lot of people think that it’s good to spend quality time with the outdoors, but you can really make up for it during the summer. Or honestly, when you’re dead, you will have more than enough time for your body to interact with nature. Just wait until summer…. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t go to class, but I do recommend minimizing the amount of time that you spend outside of heated buildings.
Good luck with the cold weather and enjoy it while it lasts. I know I won’t.