I will survive….

…February.  As God is my witness, I will survive February.   But, darn it, I hate this month.

Why?  Let me explain.

No. Is too much.  Let me sum up.  (Thank you, Princess Bride.  Best. Movie. Ever.)

1)  The winter wear is wearing out.  Coats don’t zip, mittens have gone missing, our scarves smell like dog, and our boots are blowing out.  We only have maybe two more months to hang in there, so you don’t really want to splash out on replacement gear.  You’d rather buy a bikini. Which is convenient, because that’s all the stores are carrying anyway.  Just try to find a pair of mittens at Target today.  I dare you.

2) The cold is making me desperate & messing with my judgment.  For example, today after lunch I sat down to write with my “not water bottle.”  (Shaped like a hot water bottle, but actually one of those bean-or-seed-filled, heat-it-up-in-the-microwave deals.)  I like to stick it under my sweater & let it warm my belly while I type. I was so desperate for heat that I made it too hot & actually burned myself.  Seriously.  The metal button on my jeans must have concentrated & conducted the heat & now I have a blister on my belly.  And I didn’t even notice while it was happening because I was so focused on soaking up the delicious warmth.  Damn you, winter!

3)  There is nowhere left to put the snow.  Today while we were waiting for the school bus, the kids were playing on the mountains of snow on either side of the drive that we affectionately refer to as the Twin Towers.  And I realized that I could no longer see my mailbox.  I pointed toward where I thought it might be & had the kids start digging.  Sure enough, the mailbox was buried.  My children’s boots were  above the mailbox.  It’s gotten to that point, people.  And March is historically our snowiest month.  I don’t know where we’re going to put the rest of it.

4)    Mr. Sey is in Florida.  It’s for work, he’s probably spending 12-16 hours a day inside a generic hotel, not having any fun at all but…he’s doing it in Florida.  And it’s going to be minus 13 degrees tonight with windchills in the minus thirties.  I know it’s not his fault but…(Susan struggles for objectivity & maturity, fails dismally)…IT’S JUST NOT FAIR!    

1beach_reading_cAll I want is to be warm.  All I want is a vacation.  All I want is a tropical drink & a warm sandy beach.  Is that too much to ask?  I think not. 

So, let’s take a virtual vacation.  If you could jet off to anywhere in the world tomorrow, & stay for no more than two days–just enough to tide you over–where would you go & why?

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  • Jane says:

    Hello Susan,
    Last week we had a break and the temps hit the 50s for a couple of days and this week we’re back to the freezing cold. I’ve always wanted to go to Tahiti and relax on the beach and of course make use of the luxurious spa treatments.

  • flchen1 says:

    Hugs, Susan! I’d invite you out here to California but the sun’s gone into hiding and it’s wet and not all that balmy at the moment. Meet you in Hawaii for a couple days, OK? You can bring your latest WIP and I’ll take a peeky, OK? 😉

    • Susan Sey says:

      That’s a deal, Fedora! (And yay that Cali is getting some rain–I understand you needed some!)

      I’ve only ever been to Kauai, but oh man was it gorgeous. It’s one of the few places I’d revisit even if I had the option to go somewhere brand new. It was just magical.

  • Susan, I know you’ll groan, but whenever you start to talk about snow, it always sounds so exotic and glamorous to me. Vanishing mailboxes and all! Where I live, we NEVER get snow. Hell, we’re lucky if we get a cold day in winter. And I like cold weather. Maybe not as much as you’re having. I’m thinking more of moving to Devon than Minnesota, but still! There’s something to be said for seasons. Here it’s like Florida (I’ve been there so I can speak with authority). It’s either hot or hotter and there aren’t many variations between the seasons.

    Where would I go? Oh, man, so many choices. I think I’ll go for Venice! I’ve been there before so I’d be happy just soaking up the atmosphere instead of running around like a mad thing trying to see everything. Bellinis in the Piazza San Marco? Sounds good to me. Anyone else want to join me?

  • Helen says:

    Hi Susan

    Can I come visit you I am so over this heat we have been having I would love what you have for a few days not sure if I could stand it for too long though our winters are very mild and we never get snow we have to drinve a long way to see snow and I have only seen it twice in my life :). That is bad about the blister hope it gets better soon stay warm

    Have Fun

    • Susan Sey says:

      Hey, Helen–

      Thanks for the healing thoughts on my poor blister. It’s already getting better, so we’re doing fine there. Or maybe it just froze off. Who the heck knows at this point?

      I would gladly share some of my exotic snow mountains with you. I have more than I can use, & I’m always lecturing my kids on being selfish. Now if I can just figure out a way to get them to you without melting…

  • Mary Preston says:

    We’ve got too much warm (aka Hellishly hot ) here, I’d happily send you some over.

    Virtual holiday – anywhere with a temperate climate.

    • Susan Sey says:

      I have these vague memories of heat. It seems like I recall…sticky? Discomfort? Sweat?

      Yes, these all ring a bell. I comfort myself with the knowledge that in five short months I will likely be complaining about all of them.

      But a nice, temperate vacation sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Not hot or cold, just inviting. A place you can go outside without worrying that the outdoors is trying to kill you. Wouldn’t that be nice? The Carolinas in March or April come to mind….

  • Shannon says:

    Ah, I feel for you. I’m in a more temperate clime, and I can be hoping that yesterday’s snow was the last of the year.

    I kind of did the virtual vacation for another blog. I said I wanted to go to Dubai Jumeirah Beach in one of their luxury hotels. I want the whole package where they pick you up in the helicopter and check you in the room. (No lines, no public fumbling for the passport, credit card, and driver’s license.) I want a spa with windows looking out to the gulf and four swimming pools to chose from. And a trip to the gold souk when I’m tired of swimming and sunning. Plus, if I really miss the snow and the ice, there’s malls will a ski slope and an ice skating rink. Do you see a theme of people wanting what they don’t have here?

    • Susan Sey says:

      Shannon, you can be my travel agent any time. That sounds fantastic! Mr. Sey is always so energetic about vacation. He’s always planning something strenuous & packing the days so full that I’m exhausted just thinking about them.

      The best compromise we ever reached was in Hawaii when he fell in love with snorkelling. I, however, have a well-publicized ocean phobia. I tried snorkeling, saw my first sea cucumber (I thought it was a baby eel) & was like, “Nope. I’m out.” He spent happy hours swimming with the sea turtles & I spent happy hours lying on the beach reading books & being lazy. At the end of the day we were both happy with life & with each other.

      And *that’s* how you do a married vacation. At least a day or two of it.

  • Patty L. says:

    Turks and Caicos! White sand beaches, warm breezes blowing across suntanned skin, hot cabana boys bringing me fruity drinks that melt away my winter blues. I want the smell of Hawiian tropic sunscreen on my skin. Ahhhh, thanks for the mini vaca.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Lovely, Patty – we went there for our honeymoon! Bliss!

    • Susan Sey says:

      Wow, I caught a sweet little vacation-high just off the Hawaiian Tropics fumes! That was awesome, thank you! Now if I could just get a cabana boy to bring me a drink…

      …only it would have to be a Bailey’s & coffee because it’s minus 10 (F) right now.

  • Diana Huffer says:

    The Bahamas — Paradise Island in particular. My parents got a trip there from Dad’s company for his being with them for 30 years. The pictures and stories they came back with have made me long to go there…

    Running a close second would be Coronado Island in California. I had a week-long business trip in San Diego and was lucky enough to have an afternoon free. I went out to the island and fell in love with the old hotel, its history, and its beach! It was off-season so I had the beach to myself — sat there at the edge of the water, listening to the waves and watching a boat that was way out on the horizon… There are few places I’ve truly felt peaceful and that was one of them… 🙂

    • Susan Sey says:

      Diana, Coronado Island sounds amazing! And it’s even better than you had it to yourself. It’s so hard for the vacation magic to happen when there are several hundred other people on top of you trying to share it.

      Unless you’re at Disney. Then that’s part of the thing.

      But Coronado Island….I’ll put it on my list!

  • Anna Sugden says:

    I think we over here would like it to stop raining. Yes, it’s a long-standing joke that it always rains in England, but it doesn’t really. At least, not here in Cambridge. But OMG are we fed up with the rain now! What’s worse is the weather teases us with one nice day … then slams us us with yet more rain!

    I’d like to be anywhere with a nice beach – the Caribbean would be good. Like the Sandals resort in Antigua that Doc Cambridge took me to for me 50th. *sigh*.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Anna, that sounds amazing. Was it a surprise, this trip to Antigua, or did you know about it in advance? I’ve always been sort of intrigued by those vacations where your partner tells you to pack for a certain # of days & a certain climate & just takes you to the airport. You don’t know where you’re going until you arrive.

      I think Mr. Sey would enjoy that but I’m terrible at spur-of-the-moment. Maybe I’ll do one for his 50th in a few years. Hmmm. If I start saving now….

  • catslady says:

    It’s been a pretty nasty winter. For us it wasn’t so much the amount of snow, but the bitter temperatures and the icy roads. I can put up with it until we have to start canceling things and it’s been happening too much. Yikes on the mailbox!! Hawaii would be very nice right now – I have wonderful memories of when I met my husband there on R&R from Vietnam.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, Hawaii. Wouldn’t that be lovely? Let’s go!

      And I’m with you on the ice & cancellations. I was just saying to somebody today that I usually don’t mind winter. I really don’t. Especially Feb & March, as we get lots of good, fun snow. And it’s usually in the 20s or so, which makes being outside really fun. You can ski comfortably, ice skate, build snowmen.

      Unfortunately this winter’s been so dang cold you can only view winter from your windows. And when you do have to venture out it’s so blisteringly cold you swear the whole time you’re outside. It’s no fun. I’m over it. Come on, spring!

  • EC Spurlock says:

    My fax spam for the day was a travel agency offering a weekend getaway to San Francisco for $200. Hubby and I both sighed about that one, as it’s one of our favorite cities. And it would have made a good birthday trip/present (our birthdays are only 4 days apart.) But I’m out of vacation days until May. Maybe next year…

  • Caren Crane says:

    Susan, if I could go anywhere, I would go to Topsail Island in a couple of weeks and TAKE YOU WITH ME! As it is, I will be missing you horribly. 🙁

    On another fantasy note, I would love to be on the East End of Grand Cayman right about now. It would be warm and windy and wonderful! We could drive to the west end and do touristy things, then head back to the East End for great food and long nights sitting at the beach bar. *sigh*

    I hope your blister heals soon! Poor thing. I totally get the desperation for warmth…and I have nothing like your kind of brutal cold to deal with! Mr. Sey needs to relocate you and your girls forthwith. I’m sure he’ll say, “As you wish.” 😀

    • Susan Sey says:

      Believe me, Caren, I am wishing with my whole heart that I were going to the beach with you! I’m just crushed to miss it. But as I have another 10k to go on my novella, I suppose I’d best stay home & get a-writin’. 🙂

      Say hello to the ocean for me!

  • Susan, you may be sick of snow, but you really made it funny! I’m so sorry about the deteriorating gear and the tummy blister. I hope it heals quickly.

    If I could go anywhere for just a couple if days, I think it would be Jamaica. I’ve never been there but did use it as a setting. It has pirate history and a tropical climate, and it looks beautiful in pictures.

    • Susan Sey says:

      There is nothing like the threat of pirates to liven up a vacation! Or–probably for the best–just some pirate lore. I have to say, though, I’d this point I’d risk actual pirates for a little sun shine….

  • Diane Sallans says:

    I really need more than 2 days – I hate the travel part – I’d go somewhere with a direct flight – probably Florida – maybe Disney World – plenty to do, but also pools to just sit next to and read.

    • Susan Sey says:

      That sounds like pure heaven to me, Diane! I’ve always been a Disney fan, anyway. Give me a book, a pool & some sunshine to soak up & I’m in heaven!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Susan sorry I missed this yesterday.
    When I had a blog I did an entire sdgment on how much I HATE FEBUARY! And I always have. You may be able to find this on my fb page but since I added it long ago I had to put it under something than my wall.
    My one place to go would be the Gold Coast in Oz. I wouldn’t even go see my mother in Fl. I’m such a terrible daughter. But I need sun, not the chores or jobs she knows I will do because no one else will.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Amy, I’m with you. I love my folks but sometimes visiting home is one long work project. Vacation should be long stretches of laziness broken up by some incredible views & the occasional fruity drink. And sunshine. Yes, please, sunshine.

  • gamistress66 says:

    to New Orleans — far enough away & south to be warm, close enough not to spend the entire trip traveling or recovering from it, plus I’ve never been but would love to (plus right now Mardi Gras s/b getting under way so extra fun to be had)