This is my first winter working outside, and while it has been generally more mild than our past winters, it has been difficult for me to get used to since I am usually tucked safely away in my snug office position.
However, working as a meter maid has forced me to figure out who to deal with the cold. I still don’t do it well, but here is what I have learned:
1. Smart wool socks. I cannot rave about these enough. So warm and cozy! They keep you warm even when wet! Seriously, everyone go get a pair right now. Even if you don’t work outside for a living.
2. Have a good imagination. Or a mediocre one but put it to good use. Freezing cold? Snowy? Wind pushing against you as you trudge along? Simply pretend you are a pioneer, a settler, or explorer. You have to discover that new place! You have to keep walking to provide for your family! What if there was a zombie apocalypse and you had to go find food in the winter? It helps for about a second. But it’s a good second. And when that stops working you….
3. Marvel in the beauty of winter. It truly is beautiful, even though it is miserable.
4. Stay inside whenever you can and stave off the boredom by taking weird pictures of your cat.