Saturday, February 16, 2013

Snow makes me S.A.D.

My lovely friend, Thea, was the only one to respond to my latest TWEET which was asking to please give me something to write about, so I thought I better take her up on it so she will still love me and know that I actually appreciated her response.  Her idea was the following: "write about the seasonal weather changes and the impact these have on a person and their mood..."

Well, let me tell you all about it, Miss Thea.

I've lived in northeast Ohio pretty much my whole life minus the year and a half I lived in Texas (which was a nightmare and could be a whole blog post in itself), so one might come to the conclusion that I might be used to the snow, cold, ice and temperature change and "seasonal weather" as you called it.  In a way, I guess that I am and in other ways, not so much.

For instance, two winters ago I was cleaning off my car with the snowbrush and as I went behind the car to get the other side, I went down.  Yep, I sure did.  Again, as I stated earlier, I've lived here pretty much my whole life and one would think I would know how to handle the ice in the winter, but noooooooooo...  I landed right on my wrist and sprained it pretty badly.  Can we say "DUMB ASS"?  (rhetorical)

This does not put one in a good mood.  No, it doesn't.  It puts one in a really sh#tty mood, especially when one has to go to class and take a two-hour math exam, then has to go sit in the ER for another two hours to get an X-RAY for the wrist they fell onto while waiting among other dumb asses that also fell on the ice.  Yeah, not so good for the mood.

It is also merely impossible to go anywhere, get exercise (unless you have some sort of gym / recreation membership) or do anything but sit on your arse.  Even if you DO have a membership to one of these places, who the hell feels like going?  You know why you don't feel like going?  It's because it just snowed like 2983729384 inches and your car is covered in this white bullsh*t and you have to go clean it off before you would even be able to drive to the gym to exercise.  And by the time you would even complete this task, it would be dark outside because it gets dark by 2pm this time of year.  Of course, all of this depends on if you can even get your car door open in the first place because it's probably frozen shut.  Umm, yeah.  Good times!

And that's just winter.

Spring is no better... at least not early spring... at least not here.  It is constant rain and cold and occasional snow.  Believe it or not, I much prefer snow than the cold rain of spring.

Summer is sweltering.  Hot, humid and ridiculous.  And again, you are stuck inside because it's too hot to do anything.  The last two summers I know we had temperatures in the 90s for over two weeks straight.  My hair denounces such things!  Not a pretty sight.  Does the name Medusa mean anything to you?  I hate being in the A/C all the time.  I love the fresh air, but I can't have any of that in the summer here.

Autumn is my favourite of all the seasons.  It is the one season where I actually feel my best.  I can wear shorts and t-shirts in the daytime and jeans and a light jacket at night. (and it's the start of HOCKEY season... HELLO...!)  However, it just seems that autumn lasts for a very few short weeks, if that.  Lately, it seems that we go from summer straight to winter.  Boo!  The fall foliage is incredibly amazing and probably the one main reason I would never move. 

Global warming has been good for northeast Ohio (har har).  Last winter we had one of the mildest winters.  We had very little snow and the temperatures were pretty tolerable.  I didn't seem too depressed or down.  (WHAT?  Call Guinness!)  We haven't gotten off so easily this winter.  It's snowing again right now.  When it's month after month after month of it, it tends to wear on you...  S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder) is definitely a real thing.  If we get one of those rare days during the winter (where it hits in the 50s), people's moods are seriously whacked out.  You might be driving through the parks and see people on motorcycles or in convertibles with the tops down.  You'll see people in shorts, smiling and happy.  You must understand that people smiling and happy is highly abnormal behavior around here at any time of the year, but especially in winter.

So, in answer to your question, Thea...  yes, the weather and seasons affect moods.  Now shut the f#ck up and let me go back to sleep under my warm blankie.  :D


  1. Ugh, I would never be able to deal with the snow! BTW, what part of Texas did you used to live in?

    1. Yes, we are a strange breed. =D I lived in Port Lavaca. (about 200 miles south of Houston right on the gulf)

  2. I don't envy you the snow and ice not one teensy bit! We get cold enough winters here in Alabama, thankyouverymuch, and often do not have to deal with snow and ice. At least not on a regular basis. Winter just makes me want to bundle up and stay inside, regardless of snow or sun, because I don't like being cold. At all. Which is why it amazes me that I've adapted pretty well to my house sometimes getting as cold as 53 degrees on the inside since my central heat quit. As it turns out, cold-but-not-frigid temps are the key to me getting a good night's sleep.

    Heaven help me come spring when it immediately gets hot and I have no AC. That's going to blow. I like heat better than the cold, but for some strange reason, my sinuses and asthma react badly to the heat. In most people, I always thought it was the other way around.

    Anyway, I broke my blogging dry spell last night. I don't know when I'll get to post again, as I am fighting the urge to overshare, and oversharing is never good.

    Hope you have been well!

    1. 53 degrees inside is pretty damn cold! Yikes! We're more than halfway done with winter, so I am seeing the light (and heat...). I hope so anyway!

      Glad you were able to break your dry spell in the blogging world. I'll be by later to say hello. Peace, friend. Hope all is okay.

    2. I think I have enough "D" in my life. wink.


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