The sooner, the sweater (Day 5)…

thermostat

Farch, as its name denotes, is not a pretty time of year. It’s the general period between February and March when it’s no longer winter but not quite spring. There’s no blanket of freshly fallen snow, nor are the birds chirping or the trees budding; instead, there’s just grey — grey skies, grey streets, grey slush and grey, grey souls.

One way to get over this mid-season hump is to convince yourself that, as a matter of fact, spring is practically here! How, you ask? Fill your home with tulips and Cadbury Creme Eggs, get a head start on Daylight Savings and turn your clock forward an hour, start training for that 10 km run in May — which is basically, like, tomorrow — and finally, kick off those salt-stained boots, toss that ugly scarf your girlfriend knit you for Christmas and turn down the thermostat!

At least, that’s what I’m doing (the thermostat, I mean… I’m too in love with my salty but so comfortablicious boots). As of today, the temperature in my apartment will be no higher than 20 degrees (that’s 68 F). To some, that may seem like nothing, but when your circulation has been on strike since ’79, it means it doesn’t take much before hands, feet and noses are frozen. But I’m sucking it up, pulling on a sweater and continually reminding myself of the drowning polar bears who thank me.

7 Responses to The sooner, the sweater (Day 5)…

  1. pat farquharson says:

    thats very brave of you, and very european.
    dont forget the hot water bottle!
    love M

  2. Matt says:

    Pat, I resent the European crack. People in Europe have just as bad circulation as the rest of us.

  3. Kelly says:

    Farch! Love it!

    Have you thought about changing to environmentally-friendly shampoo/soap/etc? I remember we used to get a phosphate-free shampoo so we could wash our hair in the lake at my cottage. Maybe I shouldn’t be admitting that – but I think it was environmentally safe! 🙂

  4. Vanessa says:

    Yeah, but Europeans don’t have to contend with Mother Nature barfing 10 feet of snow on them in -40 (w/ wind chill).
    Kelly, I most definitely have thought of switching shampoo/conditioner (along with many other products). Just waiting until I run out of my beloved Kiehls! I also remember using that biodegradable stuff at camp… hopefully the experience this time around will smell nicer and be less cold (Canadian lakes never really get warm).

  5. Lori V. says:

    I am so excited to find another neophyte eco-warrior out there! Feel free to wander over to my blog any time if you want to feel like you aren’t the only one! (Mine isn’s solely dedicated to eco, though. It will have other humor & philosophical musings in there as well.) Happy Wednesday!

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