It’s true what they say: we want what we can’t have. What I spend most of the year wanting is summer. Here in Vancouver, the weather is pretty mild, but most of the year it’s cool, and it rains. A lot. When summer finally comes, it’s late (usually hits around July) and it’s short (sticks for a couple of months) but Vancouverites enjoy it like nothing else. If there’s one think people in this city never take for granted, it’s hot days and sunshine.
However, I will be the first to admit that, a few weeks into the summer, I always start longing for autumn and, eventually, winter to creep back; it’s not that I don’t relish the warm weather, but I realize that some of us are more “winter people” than “summer people.” And I’m definitely one of the former.
What’s there to like about the colder months? Plenty:
Boots, boots and more boots. Did I mention I love boots? I love boots. As far as I’m concerned, they’re the sexiest form of footwear (my boyfriend wholeheartedly agrees). Summer’s all about busting out cute heels and comfy flip flops, but the second the temperature dips low enough to throw on a pair of jeans, the boots are out in full force. I’ve been known to stock up on several pairs in a single shopping trip.
Hot drinks. There’s nothing quite as comforting as curling up with a cup of hot tea. When I discovered chili hot chocolate last year, I was in heaven. When I discovered how easy it is to make medieval-style hot spiced wine, I was ecstatic. There’s something masochistic about hot drinks on a sweltering summer day, but when it’s cold out, nothing’s as satisfying to warm you up from the inside.
Board games. When going out requires a parka and a tarp-sized umbrella, I instantly opt for the ultimate stay-indoors activity: board games. It’s one of the few times my fiercely competitive side comes out … even more so after a glass of wine.
Comfort food. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a good salad, but I would much rather go for the carbs, meats and butter. In the summer, it’s much easier to eat light and healthy—and much more necessary, considering you’ve still got to look semi-decent in a bikini, but in the winter, rich, starchy comfort food is one of my greatest vices. One dish I would never, ever turn down? Mashed potatoes. Yes please.
Dark, moody music. My listening preferences vary greatly depending on my mood, and my mood is heavily dependent on the weather. In the summer, I’m all about upbeat, cheery tunes. But in the winter, I can finally get back to my favourite grungy bands, like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden.
Bundling up. Who doesn’t love to be cozy? Whether in a fierce coat, an oversized sweater or a fleecy blanket, there’s something super comforting about being bundled in layers of warmth.
Are you also cold weather person? What are your favourite things about fall and winter?
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