I know a lot of people have already said “Oh happy day, spring is here!” and things of the like. Most said it yesterday. I’m saying it today. Because way back when, I was told the 21st is the first FULL day of Spring. I remembered this because it is also the birthday of a friend that I have known longer than any other (happy birthday, Nathan!) and it just stuck. Don’t tell me otherwise. It’ll be in one ear and out the other.
However, due to confusing weather and efforts to keep myself out of the winter blues, some of my Spring Routine has started early.
What’s my Spring Routine?
So glad you asked. The agenda includes:
1. Walking being added to my normal exercise routine. Whether it be on the trails or around the neighborhood. An extra mile or two a few times a week is rejuvenating. Make the comment “isn’t today just glorious?!?” to your roommate/friend/strangers no less than 5 times during your stroll. It doesn’t count if you don’t.
2. The hair becomes lower maintenance. Whether it should or not. Blow dryers and curling irons are “like oh my gawd totally super hot”. My coworkers have learned to expect to see me with either a natural wave that happened with a little towel drying and gel or blow dried (but not curled) straight. Time, energy, and money are conserved while not sweating my makeup off. BAM.
3. My toes get prettier. Relatively speaking.
It’s no secret I hate feet. Especially mine. They are runner’s feet and they are fugly. But because flip-flops are just so much more comfy (and cute), out comes the pumice stone and bright toe nail polish. We’ll at least make an attempt at sexifying the built-up calluses.
4. I drink better beer. Mostly on patios.
The best part of living in a so-called walking neighborhood is the access to so many bars within a one-mile range that have patios for when you’re looking to have a drink on a warm and lazy evening.
And no bud or miller light allowed. Treat yo’self.
5. The sunglasses stash goes up. Mine are super cheap because I lose at least 2 pair within the spring/summer seasons. By losing one pair over St. Patty’s weekend, I’m already ahead of the curve.
H&M $9 shades? Hellloooooo…
6. Ice cream once again becomes a part of my life.
(This is where the extra few miles of walking every week helps.)
7. I start taking a peek at two schedules. One being the upcoming races in Chicagoland. The other being the Cubs and Sox schedules to see what kind of fun will be involved in my weekends.
8. Eating becomes “cooler and lighter”.
My couple of days of the week of salad for lunch turns into an all-week thing:
In other words, the garden is my friend.
9. The start of apartment hunting.
Oh wait… that last one isn’t necessary.
My roommate and I just signed an extension to our lease to stay put for another year! As a girl who’s house-hopped almost every year since the beginning of college (ahem 8 years ago…), this is a welcome change to the routine. Looking for a new apartment is stressful and moving is expensive. So I’m happy to not deal with THAT.
Plus, now we can take all the money we saved in moving expenses and use it towards more productive things.
Like good beer and ice cream.
But not both of those things together. Obviously.