Winter Days Slow Me Down
For many of us across the U.S. we have experienced a cold front over the past week, for example when I wake up to walk my dog, I have been faced with temperatures in the 10-15 degree range. While I’m used to cold since I live in Chicago and grew up in the Midwest, it certainly made me realize how your life changes when the weather does, in fact it slows me down a little.
The actual day itself does not change much, I have to put on a jacket instead of a t-shirt to walk the dog, but I still walk the dog the same amount. I grab a sweater more often to go to work, but it still takes the same time to grab the sweater instead of the dress shirt. Getting to work and coming home take the same amount of time, I still try to walk from the train station, when most people stand waiting for a bus to take them home to avoid the cold. I don’t have to stay longer at work, it’s still the same 8 hours a day. I am however less likely to take a walk around the city, mostly because I prefer not having snot run down my face after a 15 minute walk, i joke but it’s true. It’s tougher to wake up in the dark with streetlights on and come home with the same waiting for you. Since I talk to my dog like a crazy person, I let her know that she should be thankful that I walk her in rain, snow, cold, sun, or shine as I’m usually one of very few walking my dog in the park. I’d like to think she knows.
What happens after the long walk and making a little dinner is what sometimes makes me feel winter is here to slow me down. My day is basically over, I’m no longer cooking steaks on the grill waiting on the patio for Mrs. Even Steven to come home, instead I’m clinging to the stove hoping for some extra warmth from my ever rising gas bill.* After this my day almost comes to a close with the exception of an occasional TV show or watching my favorite college basketball team. I’m not going to go outside because it’s dark and it’s too cold. Yes, I sound like an old man yelling because someone walked on his grass, but this time of year get’s a little slow for me. The great news is my wife is now studying for her CPA, this will allow me to dedicate the same amount of time while she is studying to the blog or in the case of last night catching up on one of my favorite TV shows, while I wonder what’s going on in the sports world.
Surprisingly writing this has brought me into better spirits, who knows maybe it will warm up and we will get out and enjoy the day. I think I may have slipped a little for a week, but I’m doing my best to not slow down and enjoy life because after all that’s what we should all do, enjoy life and smile that we are all included.
*Please stop sending me mail that says that my home is not the most efficient on the block or that compared to other homes that you have selected they are also saving the money and the world. I don’t care. My home was built in 1912, not long after the Chicago Cubs had one the World Series, we have 3 units to heat and I’m guessing that doesn’t help the situation. Mostly though, I don’t care and I despise your company, if I told of the experiences with this company, I’m pretty sure everyone would think it’s PopCopy from the Chappelle Show.