hello, spring

I do not think it’s possible for me to overstate how wonderful an effect warmer weather and sunlight have on my mood. I’ve got lots of things I need to do today, sure, but I’m relaxed. I’m in good humour. I’m sitting around in my summer PJs; how can I not be happy?

I think part of the process of growing up is learning how I operate, and allowing for it. Like, when I wake up I need fifteen minutes or so of low-key websurfing or the like before I try to do much of anything, and I shouldn’t eat for a while after that. When I go to a con, it will take me half a day, give or take, to turn on the switch in my head that says “Social!,” and before that goes on, I’ll be a little bit awkward. When it’s February, I should not expect to get anything substantial done, because winter saps my will to live around then. As long as I understand these things, I get by just fine.

So I’ve got an eyeball-high stack of things to do (several of them hangovers from February; see above about inability to do anything during that month), but that’s okay. Going outside to run errands doesn’t mean wrapping a scarf around my neck and finding gloves and a hat, so errand-running becomes a more pleasant thing to do. And when I’m done with that, I’ll deal with e-mails, or revise a story that needs to go out today, or maybe work on my costume for the upcoming Regency game, or whatever, and it will all be good.

Because I’m in a good mood.

0 Responses to “hello, spring”

  1. mindstalk

    minor tip

    In my case, my gloves are in the pockets of the winter jacket I almost always wear, and my hat’s by the door, so there’s no finding involved. If I had bigger gloves, well, they’d live by the door to. I may still not enjoy going out into the cold but it is one less energy barrier to overcome.

    • Marie Brennan

      Re: minor tip

      Oh, I do the same thing. It’s still a psychological weight on me: scarf, coat, hat, gloves, okay, are we ready to go? Sigh.

  2. mastergode

    Hey, what conventions/conferences do you plan to go to, this year?

    • Marie Brennan

      My usual yearly round is Vericon at Harvard in late January, ICFA in Florida in March, American Folklore Society meeting in wherever in October, and World Fantasy in wherever in October or November. I’m probably not doing AFS this year, though, as it’s in Quebec.

  3. sora_blue

    I feel the same way about cons.

    Welcome, welcome, Spring.

  4. fallenrose

    I do not think it’s possible for me to overstate how wonderful an effect warmer weather and sunlight have on my mood.

    When it’s February, I should not expect to get anything substantial done, because winter saps my will to live around then.

    YES. See, the funny thing is, I don’t realize the effect winter has on me until I start feeling better, because the effects of winter upon my energy happen so gradually. After a while I might be quite frustrated at feeling tired and unmotivated, but I don’t really get it until suddenly I’m feeling 10 times better!
    January is pretty bad for me too. I think it isn’t quite fair that we all have the expectation that the time of year/darkness shouldn’t affect us, it shouldn’t change our levels of productivity or creativity. We’re not biologically set up that way. Mid- to late-winter? I’m not productive, and even if I do feel like being creative or getting things done, it just doesn’t happen.
    I think people in school are not the only ones that need a winter break. ๐Ÿ˜›

    That said… SUN! WARMTH! NO BUNDLING UP!
    Damn it, where’s the sunscreen? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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