|Frozen branch near Terminal Beach, 2011|
Also, there's still February - April to get through, so you don't want to over-think anything.
The end of January is a bit of a milestone though! Cheers you right up for a minute.
And February is a short month. The positive attitude gets a surge. In the second week of February, the days stretch perceptibly at each end, so I am now driving to and from work in the dawn/ dusk, as opposed to the pitch black of January. I can see the ice and snow on the road. I feel less scared. The cold makes for some pretty spectacular dawns.
So here's the thing.
Round about the tenth of the month, you remember that February is not a short month.
In fact it is not a month at all.
February is in fact the moment in time when the long-suffering son-in-law of the meanest, coldest-assed, tightest-fisted, mascara-dripping bitch who ever produced a spoilt blonde turns away from the nagging to stoke the fire, but instead picks up the poker and hefts it.
If February was a scene in a movie it would be the Tommy Lee Jones soliliquy at the end of no Country for Lost Men.
If February was a book, it would be written by Franz Kafka.
If February was a song, Joy Division would have recorded it.
February is when the light is so harsh that every line on your face, every grey hair on your head is screaming 'LOOK AT ME EVRYONE, LOOKAT MEEEE'.
February is when the Caribbean music on your iTunes makes you cry instead of dance.
February is when your body has had enough of minus 28 and just wants to sleep all day and eat all night. But you have to haul it to and from an office with forced air heating that makes your skin crawl.
I was on the phone with a federal colleague the other day, and I couldn't find my words in a week of not being able to find my words (not good in a week with an interview) and I said 'I'm sorry, i can't find my words, I have February Brain' and she said "THAT'S EXACTLY WhAT IT IS!!!!!!!!!!! I haVe it Too"
And that's the real problem. We all have it at the same time, so life is a little grumpy right now.
Thankfully the Canada Games are on now, so the kids are off school for two weeks. The disgustingly positive people have all gotten extra days off to volunteer. The disgustingly selfish people are taking advantage of cheap trips to the Caribbean.
And the rest of us....
Hopefully there will be enough people gone out of the office that we can all hide in our offices, watch people having revolutions in countries where you can actually stand on the street for more than five minutes at a time.... and ignore each other in peace for the rest of the month.
Nearly only five weeks to the Equinox.
Eight weeks to the fishing season!!
Stay warm everyone.