Thursday Thirteen: Midwinter blahs


It’s the end of January. I’ve got the midwinter blahs, right on time.

I need ways to break the blahs. So I asked the band what they thought I should do. The answers, of course, were less than helpful.

1. Daniel suggested I grab the Tour Manager and go find some cool band playing in the city limits. Not a bad idea, actually. A pair of suede jeans, some cool boots — and a skimpy little top that is perfect for the hot confines of a sweaty music hall (because sweaty music halls are the best kind) but that makes me cold while we’re outside. Oh, and I should throw my bra onstage and then flash the guys in the band.


2. Mitchell suggested going for ice cream and eating it on the bench outside the shop. But I should wait for a day when it’s snowing, and I should kick my legs as I lick my cone in the snow. Despite the input of a certain librarian, he had no suggestions of flavors.


3. Kerri suggested putting on an old t-shirt, a pair of old shorts, and grabbing some paint brushes. A new coat of paint for the walls, or just some kids’ paints and letting my inner child have some fun. But no black, no blue, and no pastels. All bright, cheery colors, please.

Especially if I paint the walls.


4. Mitchell then suggested I invite all my friends over, tell them to wear their shorts and swim wear, and throw a barbecue. Trevor one-upped him by turning it into a pig roast. Daniel one-upped him by floating the idea of a rib cook-off, with profits headed to Haiti relief.


5. Val brought us all back down to Earth with the suggestion that the Tour Manager and I take a weekend and flit off to some Caribbean island.


6. Trevor suggested I put shorts on and go for a ride on the back of his Vincent.

Uhh… no. Next?

7. Daniel suggested I go test-drive a fast car. Maybe the Acura ZDX, which I’m now lusting for (buy more books, people! It starts at $45k). Or something goofy and silly that’ll make me smile.


8. Kerri suggested a new hair color. Or maybe a return to the pink.


9. Val thinks that going for some good Caribbean food would be the next best thing to going to the Caribbean itself. Or, she did for a minute and then reconsidered. There’s nothing better than warm sand under bare feet and a sarong tied just so it dips below one hip bone.

Caribbean. Hmm….

10. Kerri’s next idea was to go shopping. In the very high-end boutiques, the ones that dress the *sniff* society types. Fill a dressing room with clothes and then walk out, empty-handed. Or with a bracelet. Or that one piece you’ll wear the hell out of and makes people wonder if it ever comes off to get washed.


11. Eric offered to take me to an amusement park in a warm climate. (Busch Gardens, Tampa, maybe?) Nothing like a fast coaster and a warm night. Because we all know the coasters go faster at night (or is that reserved for the Thunderbolt at Kennywood?).


12. Val said if we can’t do hot and sunny, we should do snowy. Sort of like Mitchell’s idea with the ice cream, but instead, take a day and go master the damn snowboard already.


13. All four of the boys in the band — especially Trevor — think I should take up a new exercise regime: either pole dancing or bellydancing. Or both. At the same time.

Boys in bands… *sigh*



  1. Celticlibrarian

    January 28, 2010 12:27 am


    I think you should go on a quest for the strangest tourist trap in your area. …But that’s me. 😀
    .-= Celticlibrarian´s last blog ..13 Novels with Librarian Characters =-.

  2. Alice Audrey

    January 28, 2010 10:54 am

    Actually, belly dancing is a lot of fun. Doesn’t take the weight off, but you learn to play with the fat.

  3. Ann (bunnygirl)

    January 28, 2010 1:39 pm

    If you can’t escape to someplace warm, I say go with #3. Not painting necessarily, but something creative in a different way than what you’re used to.

  4. Grandma

    January 28, 2010 2:37 pm

    Fun ideas. A few times when some rough winters had taken their toll, I spent a long weekend at a local hotel with a wonderful indoor pool and a couple of good restaurants. Just laying in a lounge chair, surrounded by palm trees and a sauna nearby. Live music in the evenings and game rooms for additional diversion. Never went outside, didn’t even look out a window. You should try that.

    My TT: More Than Enough
    .-= Grandma´s last blog ..More Than Enough =-.

  5. Anthony North

    January 28, 2010 2:40 pm

    13 sounds good. Will there be a tour? 🙂
    .-= Anthony North´s last blog ..BUREAUCRACY =-.

  6. Shelley Munro

    January 28, 2010 2:51 pm

    My idea is simple – come and visit me. It’s really hot down here. It would cheer anyone up. 🙂
    .-= Shelley Munro´s last blog ..Great Things About Being Single =-.

  7. jehara

    January 28, 2010 3:11 pm

    I vote returning to pink hair. Pink hair is awesome!

  8. CalicoCrazy

    January 28, 2010 4:12 pm

    Belly dancing on a pole, now that would be something to see.
    .-= CalicoCrazy´s last blog ..Thursday Thirteen #22 =-.

  9. Patricia Stoltey

    January 28, 2010 7:28 pm

    Definitely go test drive the car. I think I’ll do that too, but I’d like to test drive a Hummer….
    .-= Patricia Stoltey´s last blog ..Writing Today — But first a bit of fun! =-.

  10. Julia Smith

    January 28, 2010 10:40 pm

    How about bellydancing on the snowboard while licking your ice cream cone?
    .-= Julia Smith´s last blog ..Thursday Thirteen – 143 – 13 Songs About Canada By Canadian Artists =-.

  11. adesi

    January 29, 2010 3:55 am

    woooo hoooooo belly dancin on a pole!

    Common hence Over-Rated

  12. jillconyers

    January 29, 2010 6:24 am

    Interesting suggestions. Let me know what works. Since moving to Ohio I get the winter blahs without fail.
    .-= jillconyers´s last blog .. =-.

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