Of all the seasonal transitions, I handle the fall/winter transition with the least grace. After our first truly cold day in late September, I started mourning the end of the best parts of the year and dreading the approaching winter by complaining about it constantly, abandoning my gym routine completely, and eating a lot of snacks. No pumpkin spice latte could console me* as I whimpered about heating bills and dug out my (admittedly super cute) hot water bottles.
I’ve been trying to think of ways to embrace the cold and the early dark, especially since this winter might be a particularly long one. So I made a list of winter goals. Most of these goals are mini projects or activities, and none of them involve eating family-sized bags of ranch popcorn and plowing through all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls in record time (because I have already done that). I have boots, all the pretty & warm knitted things one person could ever want, a couple of tins of dark hot chocolate, and a few wool blankets, so I have warmth & coziness covered.
The word “goal” is a little lofty, but so far, my list includes:
- sewing a party-ready lace dress (I got this pattern from Burda Style—they call it a wedding dress but it’s just a cute shift, I think—I’m going to use the pink lace pictured below)
- making a few items out of faux fur, such as pillowcases (already done, actually) and maybe a clutch
- making a velvet (!) cape or jacket with a big bow at the neck, a design that came to me in a Lula-inspired daydream
- trying to take more film photos because the light outdoors is actually pretty great sometimes in winter (this will be a huge challenge)
One final goal that I’m really excited about is ice skating. I used to love ice skating, despite being kind of lousy at it (I taught myself to skate as a kid by clinging to the sides of the Wallace Emerson rink). A few years ago I slipped on ice and broke my ankle & I’ve been a little afraid to step onto ice deliberately since. But I want to try it again, because there is a small rink literally behind our house, and every winter I can look out of our back windows and see people skating. It always looks so serene and romantic. I found a pair of ice skates in a thrift shop on the weekend, and I am counting down the days until the rinks across the city open again.
If any of you in northern climes have any winter secrets, please share! Desperate times.
*because I hate pumpkin spice lattes.