Up here in the north it’s looking a little like the zombie apocalypse. Whiteout conditions are making it difficult to see so we have to rely on our hearing to notice each other coming- the tell-tale sign of a fellow Febru-zombie approaching is the sound of clomping boots and deep, shallow mouth breathing. We’ve all got static-y hat hair and barely any skin left above our lips from blowing our noses too much.
So it makes perfect sense that with the below ZERO temperatures and the blowing snow and our hideous appearances, we have chosen to stay indoors until we run out of either food or sanity. Here is a list of ways the library can help you thwart cabin fever:
- Make your future travel plans with guides and videos from our travel section (even if it’s like 30 years in the future).
- Check out movies where a house is its own character. Like The Shining or The Money Pit, or Beetlejuice, or Grey Gardens. Gah, please watch Grey Gardens if you are feeling cooped up and kooky.
- Feng shui your place.
- Check out music and have a dance party. Here in Michigan, nothing says warm days and hot nights like a little Bob Seger, so get your Night Moves on.
- Try a different makeup trick every day or do a closet makeover night for the whole family.
- Read an entire series by the same author. When the sun comes back in July, bestselling author Harlan Coben will be visiting Traverse City for the National Writers Series and you could prrrrrrobably have all of his books read by then. Start here.
- Plan your garden for spring.
- Crank up the heat and cook some fiesta food.
- Check out a movie set in hot weather. Think Rear Window, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Do the Right Thing, The Way Way Back, Dune (desert planet!) or the awesome documentary about skateboarding Dogtown and Z-Boys.
- Read a cure for all your winter ailments. The book The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin has literary prescriptions for disenchantment, being antisocial, boredom, and more. The cure for lethargy, according to the authors, is Don Quixote.
- Learn to draw a comic. About a superhero who defeats Seasonal Affective Disorder.
- Just get outside anyway and play in the snow.
- Have a video game tournament.
- Research your family history with our Genealogy resources or write an article for our awesome online journal about history and the natural world, Grand Traverse Journal.
- Listen to an audiobook while you moisturize. It’s about time you moisturized. And you can listen to a book on CD, Playaway or download one digitally from Overdrive, One Click Digital or hoopla.
- Get a guide to birds so that you’re ready when they come back. They’re coming back, right?