For many years, as soon as the late-August sun moved lower along the horizon and changed to a paler shade of yellow, I have felt myself bristle at the impending autumn season. While fall itself is fine, what with the pretty leaves and nighttime temperatures that allow you to sleep, its arrival has always given me an undercurrent of melancholy. For once our (very) short fall is over, winter comes in and sets up shop for a good five months. My hatred of winter has been well documented here and I know that many people feel the same as I do about that grey, cold season.

I do what I can to keep the S.A.D. at bay. I maintain my almost-daily exercise regime, I ramp up my Vitamin D intake, I keep busy. Then, last winter, we took up skiing and I think that my dread of winter is finally cured (or at least in remission). We went up to the hill almost every Saturday, and every other day that we could. All five of us love the sport and were genuinely sad when we left the hill on the last day of the season. We hit the ski swap last weekend and got the kids new (to them) boots and new (to them) ski suits that fit. Our excitement for the upcoming season is starting to build.

The leaves have been turning despite our record-breaking September temperatures, and for once I can simply enjoy their beauty without a ball of dread in my stomach. Yes, winter is coming and yes, the skies are going to be grey and blah, but I’m actually looking forward to it. (I KNOW.) As an added bonus, a few more of our friends have also bought season passes, so we’ll have even more fun on the hill.

I used to cringe when people updated their Twitter/FB status about their love of fall. Crunchy leaves! Cute scarves! Pumpkin spiced lattes! Now, I smile along with them. Well, except for the pumpkin spiced lattes. The only thing I like about pumpkins are the salty roasted seeds. Pumpkin-flavored anything (pie, muffins, coffee) is downright disgusting.

So, yeah. Yesterday was a cloudy, cool, grey day and while my mood always drops a notch when the sun isn’t shining, I didn’t feel my heart turning grey, too. I’m glad that I’ve finally found my ‘thing’ (in addition to those other little things) to get me through the winter. I’ll still gripe about scraping van windows and fingertips that turn white and having an entryway that looks like a ski shop threw up half of its store inventory, but I can’t see myself going dark like I would in years past. It didn’t happen last year and I can’t see it happening this year. Here’s to (fall, and) winter!

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  1. Mrs. Wilson October 2, 2012 9:55 am edit

    Um. WHAT? You DON’T like pumpkin spice lattes? I’ll admit that I can’t stand pumpkin pie (gross!), but pumpkin spice lattes are what get me through fall.

    I’ve been in a funk lately, and I’m pretty sure it’s because it’s fall and almost winter. I loathe winter. And we don’t have any mountains, and even if we did, there’s no way we could fit any type of winter activity in our budget. So, I’ll just stick with loathing winter.

  2. angella October 3, 2012 12:34 am edit

    GAH. I hear you. Hope you find what can get you through winter.

  3. Kami October 2, 2012 10:59 am edit

    I actually like fall, and really any change in the season. If winter could last one week, I would love it too. It’s the 7 looooong months of it here that get to me.

    Yay for not dreading the winter. Skiing is so fun, so glad your family is able to enjoy it!

  4. angella October 3, 2012 12:35 am edit

    Oh, we SO DO.

    If we had the winters you get, though, I’d still be raging. ;)

  5. Kristabella October 2, 2012 11:30 am edit

    This is the first year I’m looking forward to fall. Not so much winter, since I’m fearful that it will be a brutal one since we had such a mild one last year. But this summer was also so brutal, I’m excited to wear sweaters and scarves and boots!

  6. angella October 3, 2012 12:37 am edit

    I like fall because it’s cool enough to be comfortable in something more substantial than a tank top and shorts. We had some crazy heat this summer, too, so I hear you. :)

  7. ememby October 2, 2012 11:32 am edit

    Happy day for turning a corner on fall/winter! Fall has always been my favorite season (though I’m with you on the pumpkin flavored stuff, though I will concede to pumpkin chocolate chip muffins – those are delish!) and I don’t hate winter. My seasonal turnaround has actually come with summer, which I used to hate but this past summer completely changed my opinion I’m happy to report (I realize it’s strange that I didn’t like summer).

  8. angella October 3, 2012 12:38 am edit

    Not strange! We all have our favorites.
    Happy you’re finding the balance between the seasons, too.

  9. Elaine October 2, 2012 11:51 am edit

    I love that you found skiing and that you like it as a family, that is SO great! I can tell by your words that this is going to be a wonderful WINTER for you!! :D

  10. angella October 3, 2012 12:39 am edit

    I think so too! Thanks, you. :)

  11. ChrisB October 2, 2012 1:36 pm edit

    I am with you all the way: embracing the fall and winter season (even if ours does not compare to yours, I know) and turning down all things pumpkin flavored (ewwwww!)!

  12. angella October 3, 2012 12:40 am edit

    :: LIKE ::

  13. mpotter October 2, 2012 3:07 pm edit

    so glad to hear this.
    fall is actually my favorite season, but i guess it’s because i don’t dread winter. of course, winter in georgia should be called “winter” with air quotes to you northerners.
    i love the leaves. the coolness. the football season. the less need for The Mr. to have to mow. the holidays (halloween, t’giving, my bday).
    i’m so glad to hear you are joining in on all that fall has to offer. would hate for you to dread TWO seasons.

    i tried my first pumpkin spice latte. it was pretty gross.
    i’m a huge fan of my pumpkin bread and pumpkin cookies. was not happy with the drink.

    as i like to declare, “happy fall y’all!”
    do enjoy….

  14. angella October 3, 2012 12:41 am edit

    I will! I know you will, too.

    And I totally had a visual of the air quotes. Love.

  15. Hannah October 2, 2012 6:33 pm edit

    I’m so glad that you have found something to love about winter. I can tell by reading this post that you’re a different person to previous years, and your excitement and anticipation of the coming winter comes through in this post. I’m sure it will be an awesome one!

  16. angella October 3, 2012 12:41 am edit

    It will! I know it. :)

  17. D October 3, 2012 4:15 pm edit

    I am devastated that you don’t like pumpkin.
    Can we even be friends anymore?

  18. Hillary October 3, 2012 7:41 pm edit

    I’m so happy that you found your THING last year and you’re looking forward to it this year. Our winters aren’t as soul-crushing as yours but I still suffer from the doom and gloom that comes with grey skies and endless rain. I’m still searching for my thing to make winter less tedious.

  19. Nicole October 4, 2012 11:44 pm edit

    Soon you’ll no longer cringe when people update their facebook status declaring their love for winter. Yay, you’re converted!

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