Here in Ottawa you could say we are ‘experiencing’ winter. I wish my experience would just expire already. You know, like a theme park pass or a concert ticket. Advertise the event. Experience the event. Talk about the event. The event ends! I like this a lot. It’s organized, there’s a clear time expectation and most importantly, an end in sight!
Okay, so now that you understand my preoccupation with the end of winter, I’m going to let you in on one of my coping mechanisms. I won’t go into detail about wearing flannel pj bottoms and hoodies all day and every day or the hordes of cookie dough I am eating because that would be unprofessional and paint a different picture than the one I generally like to present to the public. It may be true but I am not going to fully disclose here (said while wearing flannel pj bottoms and a hoodie).
Movies. There, I said it. Movies are a cure-all. Going to the movies gets you out of the house which allows you to ramp up your precious Vitamin D intake but more importantly, the movies provide an escape-from the daily stresses of life, the cold, the housework, the flannel pj bottoms (although from what I am observing I’m not sure going out in public is a deterrent) and hibernation.
Movies provide this escape from real life even if just for a few hours and isn’t that part of what we covet? A few hours in La La land to keep us sane. Well, that and a good pretzel and some yummy movie popcorn. I like that I can have some one on one time with Bradley Cooper, get new decorating ideas from the movie sets and not have to worry about the actions of the actors affecting the outcome of my day. I can just get up and leave when it’s all over and not clean up any messes and THAT is freeing and allows me to save my energy for the after school messes the kids will bring home.
Another plus of the winter movie escape is that January and February are FULL of awards shows and if you want to be in the loop, know what’s going on or be able to participate in idle tweet chat that has replaced gossiping around the water cooler, then you kind of have to watch some movies.
You can blame any guilt on peer pressure or me. It’s okay, I can take it. I’m backing you up on this one! Go see a movie when no one is watching and let me know how it goes! Oh and what you wore!
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