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1) See a sunbreak? RUN OUTSIDE. Vitamin D is your friend.

2) Schedule things to do. Do not sit in the house 24/7. Be too damn busy to worry about the grey skies.

3) Layer. This is paramount.

4) See number 3.



This winter started with a scare: A metric fuckton of snow Thanksgiving week. Everyone was like "SNOMG! SNOWMAGEDDON! SNOWPOCALYPSE! It's not even winter yet! WAH!" And then we got almost none for the rest of the season.

Almost none is a key phrase here, because sunshine? Almost none. The greyest, coldest, grimmest winter I've had here in the Pacific Northwest in ten years. I didn't really get the Seasonal Affective Disorder Blues (or Greys as they're known here for obvious reasons), but I credit that to obeying all four rules given above.

People think my thermal long-sleeve shirts are some homage to Kurt Cobain. Nope. Unlike Kurt, I will survive.

(Too soon?)

But seriously folks, keeping super-busy has kept me sane in this Gloomy Grey Grim winter. [livejournal.com profile] tbass and I were home by noon yesterday after our final Spring Thaw wrap-up meeting, (which not-coincidentally was about how it was a triumph!) and were like, "um, we don't have anything else on the calendar today? I don't think that's happened since we started dating two years ago!"

So we went on a Junk Food Quest: Fire Hot Fries, Combos, Salt and Black Pepper kettle-cooked chips, Crunchy Cheetos, Cupcake Royale four-pack, Creamsickle soda, Red pop, the works.

And played Mortal Kombat, then watched four episodes of "Popular."

"Oh, sweet mystery of life, at last I've found you!"



Because sometimes, nothing is fun to do!

Date: 2011-04-25 04:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] electriclime.livejournal.com
I have found that my secret to life is to enjoy what I have and not keep wishing for more. I can STRIVE for more, but I'm not miserable that it's not in my hands right now.

Inner peace. I has it.

Date: 2011-04-25 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gldngrrl.livejournal.com
Ahh I keep busy, take Wellbutrin and don't let the weather stop me. We have hiked almost every weekend we've been able to- in rain or grey, snow or .... sunbreak. It's been cool. Hiking here in the winter isn't so bad- but we had our first true spring/sunshiney hike a couple weekends ago (and our second this weekend) and it was an AMAZING experience.

Looking forward to the spring/summer...

Date: 2011-04-25 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blot.livejournal.com
I have much to learn. Seattle is hard for me. I would rather be in the midwest having the snot freeze my nostrils shut all winter. and every year the February - March norovirus break out here??? Why does it happen? is it the flooding and the septic tanks? i don't understand how to live here yet. I've been here since 2006. Somebody please write a book about this

Date: 2011-04-26 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putzmeisterbear.livejournal.com
That's what you need to serve for dinner next time we come up to visit!

Date: 2011-04-26 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tbass.livejournal.com
Sadly, that's pretty much how I eat all the time... this weekend was just different because Chris joined me.

I've been in my "holy shit, I'm an adult and I can totally just eat candy and cereal for dinner" phase for almost 12 years!

Date: 2011-04-26 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kung-fu-monkey.livejournal.com
What's your take on the new MK? I want to get to it, but finals still block my path.

Date: 2011-04-26 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tbass.livejournal.com
It's super fun. Everything I loved about the first 2 games, but with awesome graphics, and x-ray moves that are almost cooler than the fatalities. Story mode is fun, there's a cool challenge ladder that's like 300 challanges long, and tag team mode is a blast

I'd all but given up on video games but this sucked me right back in. I have an extreme fondness for that original that deeply ties into comic book store memories of my childhood though, so it might be different for other people.

Date: 2011-04-26 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tzaddi-93.livejournal.com
(Too soon?)

*snort* You are a wicked man.

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