I don’t know about everyone else, but I celebrated on the solstice – daylight is slowly returning! It will be a couple months before it’s light during the commute home, but at least it means we’re on the upswing.

But until spring hits and longer days really return (along with lots of rain), us Pacific Northwesterners are in what I call the doldrums of winter. It’s January, which means winter technically has just started, even though it feels like we’ve been stuck indoors for months. There may be bright sun-shiny days, but it’s cold and damp. And we still have a couple more months of the same ahead of us.

So what can you do this time of year to battle the indoor restlessness? Here are some ideas gathered from around the Alderwood Branch.

  • Have a picnic indoors. Put on some shorts and t-shirts, turn up the heat a bit (or build a fire), make warm-weather-inspired food and pretend you’re outside during the summer.
  • Go swimming! Many places, including the YMCA, have indoor heated pools. It can feel like summer even though you’re indoors.
  • Visit the aquarium or zoo. You don’t have to have kids to enjoy these places, and sometimes they offer discounts during the off-season.
  • On sunny days (like today), bundle up and go for a walk or hike. The activity will make you warmer and the sunshine will help boost your mood.
  • Go for a bike ride with a destination, like grabbing a coffee or breakfast. Just be sure to avoid icy patches.
  • Visit your local library and find a new book or series of books to enjoy snuggled under a blanket.
  • Build an indoor fort! Again, you don’t have to have kids to enjoy this activity. Set it up so you can see the TV and enjoy a movie marathon in your homemade den or cocoon.
  • If you have kids, take them to an indoor amusement place with climbing or bouncing equipment. Many places offer coupons, allowing you to wear the kiddos out for not too much money.
  • Build a racetrack, either indoors or outdoors, and race remote control cars, pets, your kids or whatever else you can find.
Kira Cox

Hi, I’m Kira. I joined Verity in early 2012 after a seven-year stint as a newspaper reporter. While I never thought my career path would veer off in this direction, I am loving my time at Verity. I recently moved from being a member services representative at the Alderwood Branch to being the marketing coordinator for the credit union.

I’m originally from Texas, but I have lived all over the country and the world, including Boston, Massachusetts, Anchorage, Alaska and Sydney, Australia. But in all my travels, the Pacific Northwest is the only place that has felt like home.

When not at work, I am usually home with playing with my son, husband, dog and three cats. During the rare times I don’t have a to-do list to plow through (and it’s not raining too hard), I can be found digging in the vegetable garden, training for a half-marathon, or grilling in the backyard.

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