Happy January. Or for my fellow mid-westerners, happy sludgy and bitter cold winter to you. If you do not live in the mid-west and find yourself on sunny beaches, soak up some sun for me because I'm sitting in my bed under the covers... and it's the middle of the day. Winter in the mid-west is not too terribly fun. Cold weather is nice when you live in The Rockies and there's snow, but here it's usually bleak, bitter, muddy, bland of a season. There's not a ton to do because of the weather other than shopping, trips to the museum, work, school, and hiding away at Starbucks. All of which, besides the Starbucks, get rather redundant after the first couple of weeks. Being honest, the first couple of months of the new year have never been my favorites... they're my "try-to-survive-without-freezing-to-death" months. And when you're trying to survive anything, you always need some help along the way... some pick-me-ups. These are my musts for getting through dreary mid-west winters...
- All things Burts Bees. I have a love affair with Burts Bees. I love pretty much all their stuff, especially their Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil. I don't go anywhere without it. It's pretty flippin' amazing in terms of lip balms.
- Downton Abbey. I'm the most noncommittal person when it comes to television (the upside is if I ever marry there won't be hardly, if any arguments over the remote control), but this is one show I HAVE to keep up with.
- A stack of books on my nightstand: Gospel Deeps by Jared C. Wilson, Three Free Sins by Steve Brown, The Cure by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall, Who Do You Think You Are by Mark Dricoll, and Redemption by Mike Wilkerson (which I reread once every year).
- Coffee. Can't do life without coffee. I'm incoherent without it.
Your turn! What are some of your "musts" to survive the bitter cold weather?