Thursday, December 22, 2005

Solstice Shmolstice

Did you notice it? Did you feel it when you woke up this morning? Could you tell that you gained an extra minute on your day?

That's right - since yesterday was officially the shortest day of the year - otherwise known as the winter solstice (you know, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn - duh) we are now experiencing longer days from this day forward. Ahh, I can almost smell the tulips and daffodils as I write this.

This also means that we're officially over the hump of the season of going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. From now on every single day will be a brief minute longer, a bit more light at the end of the tunnel, one step closer to spring.

AND - this means that we can officially stop whining about the fact that it's only Dec 22nd and although it was below zero every day this week and we still haven't even come close to suffering the coldest days yet to come - we can still celebrate the fact that we've only got 3 full months of freezing hell left.

Doesn't that just make you want to run out and shop for swimsuits?

So put away your complaints that
when you first step outside you do that little "gasp" because your lungs can't process the first breath of freon gas we call "air", and your nose hair freezes instantly, and your car won't start without first being plugged into a nuclear power plant for the night, and your windshield doesn't defrost until you've already gotten to where you're going to - because yeah, we're past the worst part now. Yesterday was the winter solstice!

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