my official personal winter survival guide


Winter is a brutal thing where I live. There’s lots of cold, lots of snow, and even more cold. And then it lasts for months. Like, not just wintery months, but all the way through March and sometimes into April. It’s not fun. Especially for this girl who was most definitely destined to live in a tropical region of the world. (Ah, goals.) THAT BEING SAID, I have a little something to share with you all today: my Official Personal Winter Survival Guide. It’s kind of like that My Favorite Things song – only replace “when the dog bites” and “when the bee stings” with “when it’s snowing” and “when it’s snowing.” And naturally I’m feeling sad. (These things are nuances.)

BY NO MEANS BE OFFENDED. I like snow, I really do. It’s pretty (sometimes.) But we just get wayyy too much of it which isn’t fun to shovel and plow. Oh and did I mention that we live on the dead end of a hilly dirt road? (Yes, we do have studded snow tires thank you for your concern.)

  • Well there’s Christmas. That’s always EXCITING. Not as exciting as it is in Narnia, seeing as I don’t get chased by Father Christmas and given swords and fireflower juice and whatnot…but still. It’s fun.
  • Two birthdays. Which means TOO MANY GIFTS TO THINK ABOUT. But you know me, I like high-demand situations. Heh. But no, any excuse to eat cake is most welcome. Most welcome indeed.
  • Grand Prix figure skating finals. Like, YAAAS.
  • The Voice finals. Also exciting, although I swear I know exactly who is going to win, place, etc. (Yeah, I’m that good. Ha.)
  • 122 days until Florida. That number seems very large. I just…I don’t like three digits, not when it’s a countdown to Florida. Just no. No, no, no.


  • The sixth and final season of Downton Abbey. LIKE, HOW IS IT ALMOST OVER? That’s just wrong. But I think I’ll be able to handle someone (amazing) dying (spoiler alert! heh) because BBC. And yeah. I don’t need another reason goodbye.
  • Ice skating. WOOOOOT, because I am craving to get them blades back on my feet. Man. I just miss it so much.
  • The Finest Hours comes out. *squeals* Self-explanatory. It looks amazing and I’m going to force my sister to go see it with me. (She loves survival films. </sarcasm>)
  • 91 days until Florida. Now that is a better looking number. I can handle 91 days, I really can. 


  • There's the excuse to eat an unacceptable amount of chocolate. I’m past the age of boxes of chocolates. Just get me bars of chocolate and leave it by my laptop so I have something pretty to look at while I write. Heh. (We’re so grown up. *sniff* WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN??)
  • 62 days until Florida. YEEEAAAH DUDE, that means like TWO MONTHS. You know?
  • What else can we do? OH I KNOW – sit inside and stare out at the piles of snow. This is me being optimistic. See? I found something we can do. 


  • Still snowing, yayyyy. But now I will have a new appreciation for snow. Because I can go outside and shovel and not even have to work out for the rest of the day because I JUST DID EIGHT HUNDRED REPS OF LIFTING FIFTY POUND SHOVEL-LOADS OF SLUSH okay I’m fine I’m fine I’m gonna make it I really am. Ahem.
  • I’m working on writing and recording music. That’s enough to distract me (somewhat.)
  • I’m writing a book. That takes place in Florida. No really, I am. I took a long, ridiculous break from it, but now I’ve returned with a revised plot (huzzah! For the eighth time…) and this keeps me going. There’s something very comforting about writing warm, balmy, sunshiney, beach scenes. I wonder what it is.
  • 31 days until Florida. THAT IS OFFICIALLY ONE MONTH, PEOPLE. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. 


  • Florida. Need I say more? I have survived. I HAVE SURVIIIIIIVEED. 



So that was my winter survival guide. Aka, how I’m going to make it through. What about YOU GUYS? How do you cope with the nightmarishness of winter? Do tell me and give pointers in the comments. And if you know the spoiler in Downton Abbey, we can weep over it together.

love,
abbiee

19 comments

  1. Hahaha, I love this so much! I'm from the South, so I can't even IMAGINE having all that snow. Dear Lord I would die. This post is seriously the best thing ever though, you always crack me up, Abbiee!! XD <3

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Grace Anne!! OH MAN CAN I COME LIVE WITH YOU? Seriously, the south sounds really nice right about now. >.< Aw, I'm glad I crack you up. XD thank you for reading!! ❤️

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  2. This is so smart! You have inspired me to make a post like this with goals or something for each month, like a monthly bucket list for each season! Thank you!

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    1. Oooh, that's a fabulous idea, Vanessa! I'm so happy I inspired you. ^.^ Thank you so much! ❤️

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  3. I LOVE WINTER

    ... at least until February, and then nope nope nope. This list made me laugh, and nO I DID NOT KNOW THE DOWNTON SPOILER SHHH SHHH HOW DARE YOU

    So much panic. So many tears. I'm going to kiss that show :(

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    1. *MISS

      I will miss that show.

      (Maybe I'll kiss my DVD copies? Who knows.)

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    2. SO WITH YA. It should all be over by February, true true. OOPS SORRY ABOUT THE SPOILER. *claps hands o'er mouth* did I say too much? x) "I'm going to kiss that show :(" < HaAAH, Freudian slip? xD kidding. but so might I. Downton is loyfe. ♥ Thank you for reading, Olivia!! :D

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  4. Hahaha. XD You crack me up, Abbie girl.

    So first of all, complete disclaimer--I love snow. I really do. It's pretty and fun and amazing and wondrous and I could rant about that. Though I will admit that when it's pushing April and sometimes even May (we have a long winter here, too) I'm pretty through with it. Because I like seasons. All of them. And so they should change when they're supposed to. XD

    So thus I cope with winter quite easily, drinking chai tea and writing wintery poems and spending loads of my extra time reading.

    Also, I'm a February baby so there's that. :-)

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    1. YES YOU WINTER LOVER YOU. jk, I like winter too. But it should end much sooner, and just as you said -- the seasons ought to behave! I mean...gosh. xD "drinking chai tea and writing wintery poems and spending loads of my extra time reading." < okay now THAT sounds magical, HOW DO YOU MAKE THINGS SOUND SO MAGICAL no wonder you're such a poet. ;) Thanks for reading, dear. ♥

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  5. this is seriously amazing. i need to do this. gah. yes.

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    1. EEEE thank you so much, Sami!! :D You da bessst. ♥

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  6. Haha this was such an entertaining post! I love how creative your posts are. :)
    I am a person who loves winter, but hates being cold. I'm sort of a weirdo. :/ You're lists are pretty perfect though. I think it's very fortunate that we have so many holidays to look forward to in the winter time. It helps us get our mind off of the fact that we are freezing to death.

    P.S. I am both heartbroken and ecstatic for the final series of Downton Abbey! We shall weep together this January...

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    1. "It helps us get our mind off of the fact that we are freezing to death." < THE TRUTH THO. haha, no that's not weird at all -- winter sure is pretty, but I haaate being cold with a passion. AND OMG CREATIVE AND ENTERTAINING? dude that is like what I love so much to hear. ♥ eek thank you. ^.^ AND YES TOO MANY DOWNTON FEELS. prepare the tissues. x) Thank you for reading, Hannah dear!

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  7. SO BASICALLY I DO NOT KNOW "REAL" WINTER. XD Our winters are around 14C...(which is like 57 Fahrenheit?) and that would be a mega cold day for us and we'd all be miserable. And I go for runs in the morning at like 2 degrees Celsius BUT STILL YEAH. Never seen snow. I've barely ever seen frost. Did I mention how wonderful Australia is? AHHAHHAHA
    Ahem.
    *whispers* I'm sorry for tormenting you. XDXD
    But then Australian houses (well, where I live) aren't heated, so if it's 14C outside, then it's still like pretty cold inside so we're all trundling around in 24 coats, which is probably still laughable to those who live in snow. BUT STILL.
    I agree with you about bypassing silly things like chocolate boxes. Sheesh. WHOLE BLOCKS OR NOTHING.
    I hope you survive winter. *pats shoulder* *sends you virtual hot chocolate*

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    1. DUUUDE WHAT AUSTRALIA SOUNDS BETTER EVERY DAY. Like...you guys got all the goodies. WAVES, AWESOME ACCENTS, WARM WINTERS... *wails* omg 57 degrees...WHHYY. XD This cracked me up. "WHOLE BLOCKS OR NOTHING." < SO TRUE THO. It's like, truffles? That's BABY STUFF. xD I hope I survive winter, too. Thank you so much for reading, Cait! Your comments make my day. Like always. ♥

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  8. GO AHEAD AND EAT ALL THE CHOCOLATE YOU WANT, GIRL

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    1. THANK YOU FOR THIS AFFIRMATION. ♥ seriously, thank you. x)

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  9. this makes me so happy ♥
    I just can't. wait. for. the. voice. finals.
    I was so upset by Korin's elimination yesterday, but I guess 9 of them weren't gonna win anyway. I'm nervous to see the five that get cut this week...ahhhh, i get attached to them too easily XD

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    1. EEEE YES ME TOO. But I just love Braiden Sunshine so much. ♥ Like, how can anyone not vote for him? gah. THANK YOU I WAS WONDERING ABOUT THAT. This is my first season of officially "watching it" so I didn't know if they cut all five at once or what...THAT IS GOING TO BE SUCH AGONY OMG. xD we shall brave it together. ♥ Haha! Thank you for reading, Lauren! :D

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kind words are like raindrops on the desert. they make me bloom with happiness, as absolutely cliche and cheesy as that sounds. even if it's just a simple alt+3 i will heart you for it. so, go ahead! MAKE MY DAY. literally.