1. Layering is a chore, but you’re used to it now because you’ve done it all winter so you don’t care how ridiculous you look

2. You rely on your laptop for instant heat

3. Seeing the words “Winter Storm Warning” written across the news weather segment makes you want to crawl into a hole and hibernate for the rest of your life 

4. You contemplate buying a new coat not because it’s on sale, but because it’s still freezing 

5. You have more “summer” clothes than “winter” clothes

6. When you see it’s sunny outside and you get wistful about wearing sundresses, but it’s actually a false alarm and not warm at all

7. When you have to apply lotion every 30 mins because of dry hands

8. Getting a cold…in March 

9. You finally realize UGG boots are no match for snow. 


11. You try to do everything in your power to avoid the snow, even if that means parking in a covered parking spot miles away from your destination

12. Winter sports are starting to get redundant and boring

13. Spring training photos make you cringe because even though it’s February in the Midwest/East, it’s sunny and 80 in Glendale

14. You cringe at anyone in a warm state who says “It’s so cold”, when it’s 40 degrees 

15. You want to punch people in the face who post pictures of “winter” on the West Coast

16. Your extremities turn strange colors when they’re exposed to the cold

17. Sometimes you have to go to extremes to warm up (boiling water)

18. You want to stay in Hot Yoga studios and saunas allllll day and never leave

19. All of your rent money is doubled on heat and/or gas to heat up your car

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20. When it’s warmer in Alaska than where you live

21. Your social life is practically non-existent because you’ve spent too many nights in and you’re desperate to go out 

22. You question every day why you live in a place where winter takes up 8 out of the 12 months of the year 

23. When Punxwantany Phil sees his shadow and you dream of punching him in the face because you know he’s a liar

24. The never-ending depression known as seasonal affective disorder (there’s a reason its initials are SAD)


25. Everything starts to become repetitive, from wearing the same six sweaters to the activities. You just want to drink on the rooftops, damnit!

26. Slush on shoes is your worst nightmare

27. Elsa may have said the cold never bothered her anyway, but eff that, now it’s just TOO. DAMN. COLD

28. You know your commute will be delayed, so what’s the point of even going to work?

29. You never want to get out of bed until the temperature is at least your age

30. You still get jealous when your teacher friends get “cold” days and you have to go to work

31. When you automatically hate anyone who tells you how many days there are til “spring”

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32. Wait, scratch that, spring doesn’t exist

33. You start seeing clothing stores bring out their spring items and bathing suits, yet it’s still single digits so you have to wait 578039480239 days to wear them

34. 30 degrees is a heat wave

35. National Margarita Day is in the dead of winter, but National Tequila Day is in July

36. How many days until summer?


Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

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