Monday, February 15, 2010

Cabin Fever

It's mid-winter. Are you stuck inside too much? Is this starting to get really old? Are you experiencing one or more of the following symptoms? If so, you may be suffering from Cabin Fever.

Symptom number one: Your pets start to give you editorial advice and you’re pretty sure that they are speaking English. Even worse, though: Their suggestions are not half bad.

Symptom number two: You take time out of your very busy writing day to dig through the snow in the back yard to see if the grass underneath it is still a putrid, brownish-yellow. You are hoping, against all odds, for even one blade of something slightly green.

Symptom number three: You openly weep when the weather person uses a certain four-letter word. Again. S-n-o-w.

Symptom number four: You keep cracking open windows in your office just to hear outside sounds, like birds chirping, even thought the wind chill is twenty below zero. The gusts whipping within the office make typing sort of difficult.

Symptom number five: You swear that next year you WILL hibernate right after your Thanksgiving day dinner, deadlines or no deadlines. You never get enough sleep anyway. And really, you ate enough at Thanksgiving to last you until April.

Yes, it is mid-winter. For many, that means snarly weather (hello, snow) when being outside for more than five minutes is simply too unpleasant for words. Don’t lose hope: Spring is just around the corner.

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