Saturday, January 24, 2009

Cabin Fever Meme

Once again, courtesy of the RevGals:

Here in snow country we are settled in to what is a very long stretch of potentially boring days. The holidays are over. It is a very long time till we will get outside on a regular basis. The snow that seemed so beautiful at first is now dirty and the snow banks are piling up. Our vehicles are all the same shade of brownish grey, but if we go to the car wash our doors will freeze shut. People get grumpy. Of course, not everyone lives in a cold climate, but even in warmer places the days till springtime can get long. Help! Please give us five suggestions for combating cabin fever and staying cheerful in our monochromatic world?

1. Coffee and a book. Ain't nothing like it from where I'm sitting. And I'm sitting on my couch, book in my lap, mug next to me, in pajama pants and a hoodie. And I can see the snow blowing outside. I scoff as I flip the page; take another insides-warming sip. My mind and body are both nice and cozy.

2. Blogging. I don't always necessarily have an idea, but fiddling around with my blog on the laptop is something that the snow always seems to inspire. And lately I've found myself more inspired, probably because of the steady amount of snow we've been getting the past few weeks.

3. Office hours at the church. Sometimes the weather prevents me from going too far to do pastoral work, so I'm content to sit in my office and type out whatever I need to type out. And if there isn't anything immediately pressing, I'll work ahead on bulletins or sermon ideas.

4. Hanging out with Coffeeson. He's all over the living room nowadays, so at times he just needs me to keep him out of something he shouldn't be in. Otherwise, he's either occupying himself or climbing all over me. Either way, I'm content to just watch or talk to him or get him interested in another toy.

5. Music. Usually my guitar is at the church, which I always regret on the really snowy days. I've been meaning to get serious again about bass. If nothing else, I'm listening to something on the stereo or online, and usually this complements one of the other things on this list, unless I've been aware enough to bring my guitar home. But that's not too likely.