Winter Realizations

So you know how I said I wasn’t going to fill yesterday’s post with my complaints about the weather? Well, I can’t hold it back any longer. I’ve noticed a few things and while I know I only live in the south and it could be FAR worse…


I’d still like to say, Mother Nature can SUCK IT!

Here in Tennessee, we have some of the coldest and wettest winters…usually sans snow but with a WHOLE lot of black ice, wind, and general grayness. Since I’ve basically lived nowhere else, I’ve come to accept most of this, but still, every year I have a new or REPEAT (not to be confused with Re-Pete) realization…

Winter Selfie

1. I’m wearing so much coconut oil that I’m basically a human slip ‘n slide.

2. And yet I STILL have a patch of dry skin above my upper lip…I can’t decide if it makes me look like a toddler who’s had too much red Koolaid or an evil German dictator.

3. I have ZERO motivation to do anything…and when you DO nothing, you HAVE nothing…to blog about!

4. When I do do something (*snort*), I’m crabby about it…stupid constricting clothes, frickin’ static, idiot waiter sitting us RIGHT by the door…forgive me man-friend for the things I said this weekend out of hanger and hermitness. 😳

5. Or I just do incredibly stupid things with my idle time…like delete HALF the pictures off my computer! Luckily, after three days of scrolling through pics in my trash bin, I think I have them all back…wow, THAT was a fun weekend! #facetopalm

Snow 2014

6. It is incredibly hard, if not IMPOSSIBLE to scrape the ice off the windshield of an SUV…my arms are long, but there not THAT long! And those scrapers with extensions? Bought one last weekend and it does NOT work! πŸ™

7. If my nose isn’t running, it’s bleeding…and I’ve only had a nosebleed ONCE in my entire life!

8. All my friends and family (including the man-friend) are sick…pray for me while I back myself into a corner and throw back an entire bottle of vitamin C tablets!

9. I’m pretty sure my water bill is going to be doubled since I continue standing there for ten minutes after I’m finished rinsing myself.

10. The weatherman reported a high of six today but with the wind chill, it feels like NEGATIVE FIFTEEN!

Winter 2014

There are times to be upbeat and positive and there are times to piss and moan collectively! So c’mon, let it out…

WhatΒ is YOUR biggest gripe this winter?

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49 Responses to Winter Realizations

  1. Jodie says:

    I live in mpls. You do not have the coldest winters!!

  2. Jodie says:

    It’s wind chill -50 here today:( but I agree with you on the dry skin (I use so much coconut oil), damn static, not being able to enjoy being out because of layers and doors swinging open, ugh!

  3. UGH! I hate wearing real pants! And I’m pretty sure I stay in the shower until the hot water runs out every time…

  4. Mom says:

    My biggest gripe is “why do scrubs have to be made out of paper thin material???” I mean you have to wear them outside to get to work, so you put on long johns and long sleeve shirts under your top and two pairs of socks….then you still have to wear them all day INSIDE work!!!! I guess I could remove the “underwear” when I get to work…but with the cold being soooooo cold, I would have to put them back on before coming home. Really…who wants to do that???

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      A-MEN!! I got desperate on one of those super cold days we had few weeks ago and brought my fleece-lined tights in to work with me…and it really didn’t even make that much of a difference! Ha! Have you seen the corduroy scrubs? I wonder if those are any warmer?

  5. biggest gripe this winter? Having insane amounts of snow but not having a garage or underground parking. I had to crawl in through the passenger door of the car today because the snow drifted so high on the driver’s side, I couldn’t get in. Le sigh….

  6. Natasha says:

    I was born in Toronto, and I now live in Michigan, so I know cold winters, and they suck. I am so over being cold. Right now its like -10, but feels like -35…how is that okay? It is so cold that even if you are motivated to go outside, it is just way to cold unless you wear full on ski attire just to go out to the drug store. It also doesn’t help that here in Ann Arbor I don’t have a car, so I have to walk everywhere. Needless to say, I am over it!
    Bring back summer!!
    Actually, at this point, I would settle for anything above 30 degrees. How sad…
    Stay warm πŸ™‚

  7. Kristin says:

    Biggest gripe: Getting up extra early for work just to scrape off my car.
    Laughed at my computer about the coconut oil/human slip n’ slide comment!

  8. KAT says:

    My biggest gripe this winter is that it has seemed to pass right over LA. Not cool Mother Nature… not cool. I’m SUCH a fan of seasons, so not having the chance to bundle up or run through the rain is pretty depressing to me. I mean I get your hate for such cold weather… trust me me and my sensitive skin would be awful in that cold of weather, but I just want some sort of winter!!

  9. “I’m wearing so much coconut oil that I’m basically a human slip in slide” <—I literally just busted out laughing. Totally made my night!

  10. Haha the Canada picture cracked me up. I feel so spoiled with my weather yet I am still freezing ALL the time and have become quite the hermit myself. Luckily I don’t have much to do at the moment so I can hang out around my apartment and warm coffee shops hah.

  11. The winter weather dries the crap out of my nostrils…darn nosebleeds!!! πŸ˜‰

  12. I’m all for seasons and weather changes but today’s -45 windchill can suck it!

  13. It was negative 5 when I left the office tonight, and the temperature is steadily dropping. How about a Cleveland trip now? Sounds really appealing yes?
    I don’t see your red patch at all, although I rather enjoy picturing you greased up in coconut oil. Stay away from the sick people and start downing that vitamin C. Oh and a dryer sheet rubbed all over does wonders for the static electricity. Betcha Tiger will appreciate get petted without being shocked. Believe me; I know. It’s a hot bed of currents up in here. πŸ˜‰

  14. I’m with you on HATING the cold!! I live in WI where it was a HIGH of -18 today… so many schools were cancelled… people (myself included) hibernated. It sucks. My hands are so dry they’re shriveled old lady hands. Can’t wait for spring, or even some 30 degree weather would seem like a heat-wave about now!

  15. Sarah Pie says:

    At least your temps are still in the positive numbers? I’m in Chicago and it’s damn cold here!!

    I totally feel this entire post though, if I had I had my choice in life I would be away from this place and all this crazy cold weather stat. As it is I’ve been a total recluse the past week and a half and really don’t have any desire to change that πŸ™‚

    Here’s hoping your nose stops bleeding and life warms back up for the both of us?

  16. I have that cell phone cover too!!! Also, have you tired jojoba oil? My hippie-Portland sister got me hooked. It’s good stuff.

    The thing I hate most about the cold is that it’s cold. Boooo!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Omg, it’s the best, isn’t it? I hardly ever carry a purse when I go out now! I DO actually have some jojoba oil…I got it to add to my shampoo and then totally forgot about it! Hmm, looks like I’ll be digging in the bathroom cabinets today!

  17. Lucie says:

    Oh, I LOVE winter rants. Thank you for that! Seriously, if I could choose, I would choose December to be winter (with cute lights, snow but no ice, no storms and only sunny, vacation for the entire month and tons of mulled wine and cheese fondue) and then it can PISS OFF! January is the latest in my opinion to be spring again! We were lucky so far this year, which is VERY unusual, but if it’s really cold, my biggest gripe is that I have to take the bus or cable tram to work – cycling on ice isn’t a good idea (I did that before and I fell – several times. SO embarrassing). It takes me three times longer and I can’t get done ANYTHING. Go winter, go hooooooome!!!

    • Lucie says:

      Did I mention I look like sh*** in winter?? Frizzy hair, skin like sand papers, bleeding or running nose, blue lips and finger tips and with all the layers I look like an overstuffed sausage.
      You get it – I hate winter.

  18. Marina says:

    I a little strange feel winter this year. I moved recently to warmer place πŸ˜‰ My friends and family tell by phone about cold, I see many complaints to weather and from bloggers… But at me everything is all right! I got used to cold snow winters (which looked as Canada on a photo) therefore now I see behind a window November. The jacket is still necessary to me, but it is quite possible to do without cap… That certainly it is bad for my health, but it is good for appearance – I simply don’t look nice in a cap πŸ˜‰

  19. Before I start, I’d just like to say that it’s not THAT bad up here in Canada πŸ˜› At least not that I’ve ever seen it. But I have no idea why I feel the need to defend my neck of the woods since the weather it’s been throwing at me is We hit a -30F windchill this weekend. I’m talking go outside and your eyelids start to stick together when you blink. And other than the cold, the DARK has got me going nuts. The sun doesn’t rise until like 9 AM, which is a good 4-4.5 hours after I wake up… so my motivation to start doing anything in the morning is seriously delayed. Grr.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh girl, I know what you mean! I pulled an “Amanda” today…I’ve been up since 3:45am! It’s almost 7am now and the sun STILL hasn’t come up! I’ve already had like 2 cups of coffee…piddled on Twitter…oogled over Foodgawker…and now I’m responding to blog comments that I forgot about from three weeks ago! Ha!

  20. Welcome to 9 out of 12 months of my year. FML! I hate being cold so you can imagine how I feel daily. Now I have a cold too so I’m just plain miserable. Sorry if I’m debbie downer today!

  21. I am right there with you on complaining about winter. Living in Canada for the past 24 years I should be used to it by now, but nope, I still like to complain about winter every chance I get.

    My biggest gripe? Being COLD. Also I hate how the crappy weather and road conditions have interfered with so many of my plans lately. Not cool!

  22. I’m from the South too so I know it could be way worse, but I still hate this cold weather! Once I get cold it’s so hard to warm up! I also stand in the shower forever trying to warm up. πŸ™‚

  23. I hate my skin at this time of year. It feels so dry, tight and itchy. No matter how much I exfoliate, cleanse, tone and moisturise, I still feel it looks horrible. The joys of having eczema in winter.

  24. My biggest gripe is that I can’t complain about my “cold” mornings to anyone, because apparently 39 degree mornings with sunny 63 degree days doesn’t warrant much sympathy these days. Bahahahahha!

    Keep your head up and your dry patch moisturized!

  25. Thanks for the giggle today friend, I need it! Because uh its freakin cold here in Louisville too and my kids were suppose to go back to to school TWO DAYS ago from winter break and school is canceled and I was out of wine until last night.

    I really hope you read that in one huge breath, teehee.

    My hands get SO freakin dry during the winter – I’ve currrently got a bottle of oil on my desk so I can relate to the human slip and slide action – my desktop is super lubey.

    If my kids don’t go back to school tomorrow I swear to god I’ll get drunk and throw ahem I mean FALL off the roof πŸ˜‰ xoxo.

  26. Lyric says:

    Bahaha, I am a total slip n’ slide as well! The worst part is my skin is usually oily so I have a bunch of skin care for oily skin; this winter however my skin has gotten extremely dry! So i’ve turned to coconut oil and rose hip oil for the day time! If you want a better lip moisturizer lanolin (Sheeps oil) is AMAZING!

  27. STUPID STATIC! You are the BANE of my existence and I HATE YOU!!! If I put any more Argan or Coconut oil in my hair, I’ll look like a friggin 14 year old!

  28. You know what, it’s funny that you mention nosebleeds. I’ve recently had a few and while I am more prone to get nosebleeds than most for a couple reasons, I haven’t had one in a while. Maybe the cold has something to do with this recurring thing. My winter gripe is that I have a cold and I really wanted to spend this last week of my last winter break soaking up time with friends. Womp. Summer will be here soon!… I think.

  29. #6 Have you ever heard of the thing you can do in cold weather… Take a cup of boiling water and throw it in the air to watch it evaporate? Pretty cool. It sort of worked when we tried it this morning. I don’t think it’s cold enough though. I think the coldest it’s gotten here was -14, windchill -40. A few degrees colder and it probably would have worked…

    Anywho, my mom was just on Facebook and one of her friend of a friends went to the ER because she got burned when trying it. Apparently this has happened to quite a few others who haven’t been paying attention to THE WIND! I hope you don’t see any second degree burn cases like I’ve been hearing about.

    Although being a burn victim myself with my stupid foot I don’t have much room to talk πŸ˜‰

    Biggest weather gripe… It’s my Christmas vacation and while I would like to be out doing something fun I can’t because the weathermen warned of frostbite. GAH.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Sounds like a cool trick, but oh my GOSH, those poor people! I hope your foot is doing better…I remember those pictures…I ached for you, sweetie!

  30. Eric says:

    I went out and practiced my ice driving last night (I had a package delivered to work and I didn’t go in so I went after hours to pick it up)

    Other drivers scare me with how “careful” they are being. Especially on the main roads. MOVE OVER I CAN’T STOP OR ELSE MY TIRES WILL JUST SPIN IN PLACE!

    I like the cold. It makes me appreciate the Spring and Summer even more! Shorts weather is here in a couple months!

  31. betty says:

    am I going to piss you off about not having anything bad to say about winter? I only deal with skin issues (dry hands) during season changes (fall/spring) and I actually really love cold weather, as long as its not too windy. it was 5* on my way to work this morning and I didn’t really have a problem. I hated worrying if my pipes were gonna freeze or something, but other than that, I enjoy it. its 95 degree days at 100% humidity where I cant do anything BUT complain!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      You are like superhuman to me right now…I just want you to know that! πŸ˜‰ And I can’t WAIT until it’s hot enough to complain about the humidity! Lol!

  32. Seema says:

    πŸ™ sooo chicago is too cold for polar bears ( !!! And our furnace is broken – the husband and I woke up super cold in the middle of the night and a guy only came this morning to take a look at it…and it’s filled w water…..yeah I’m officially in hibernation…..and nerd that I am…I’m hibernating in the library….yes because I’ve had 7am exams each day this week til thurs….and only kids not grad students get school canceled….

    I think I’m going to kiss the first blade of green grass in spring and dance around in the april showers….ah a girl can dream πŸ™‚

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh my gosh, honey! I hope you guys got that furnace fixed! That’s awful! And yeah, right there with ya on the dreams of spring! Just trying to pretend that’s not still lie 3-4 months away! πŸ™

  33. I wish we had 6 right now… we had -15F the past two days (well, now it’s 3 so yay!) and with windchill it was -45!! So nuts. I worked from home but had to come in today. Meh. Ready to normal weather.

  34. Argh my poor broccoli- what a series of unfortunate events (lol, was going to make a Lemony Snicket’s reference, but not sure if that book was ever popular on your side…of the frost).

    I hope the weather clears up for you and you are void of sickness- I’m currently dealing with a minor flu (not a man flu, an actual flu) because it goes from hot to cold in a matter of days randomly. Fml. At least you have nice aura and scent around you with that coconut oil. πŸ˜‰

  35. Julia says:

    Ohhhhhh girl, this post cracked me up even though I’m feeling sorry for you, my dear human slip n slide friend! πŸ˜‰ I can only imagine what you all are going through in the eastern part of the U.S. If it’s any consolation, I’d love to take all that weather over here…BRING it! It’s retardedly sunny and dry here…and like 50 degrees…all the time. We’ve got nothing. As annoying as it is to be constantly couped up, deleting and then undeleting pictures, I would gladly take some of the cold and snow off your hands. πŸ˜‰ Chin up, the light at the end of the tunnel is next year we’ll be pummeled and you’ll be wearing a tank top in Jan. πŸ˜‰

  36. Maria says:

    Winter in CA does in fact exist. We just have to drive to it πŸ™‚

  37. haha I’m sorry friend! This cold is carazy!! Mind you this is my first winter in MINNESOTA and there were record lows! -26 was the ACTUAL TEMPERATURE (oh em gee are you kidding) when I drove to work Monday morning. The wind chill? -49. negative 49. I almost said screw it and drove back to Nebraska where at least the temps were in the positives.

    Needless to say, I have barely done a thing except drive to work and drive home. Like going to Target wasn’t going to happen because of how far away I have to park ha! And I use the crap out of my automatic starter…like go to Trader Joes, turn off car, close/lock and then start it with the auto starter to run while I’m inside. Burning lots of gas, but dear lord I fear freezing to death even walking a hundred feet!!

    We do have our humidifier cranked on at night so that seems to help with the nosebleeds…maybe you can try that? And drink a crap-ton of water for the general dryness!! <3 <3

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Negative 26?! Are you kidding me? HOLEEEEEEEEEEEEEY CRAP! Now I feel silly for complaining! Ha! You poor thing! Minnesota was nice to visit over the summer, but man, I don’t think I’d last one day there in the winter! I don’t blame you one bit for burning up that button on your remote starter! And I will definitely look into getting a humidifier…can’t believe I never thought of that! Thanks love!

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