♪ Oh Canada! Our winter wonderland... True sleet and snow, in lieu of sun and sand...♪
Fine. So maybe that's not exactly how the national anthem of the North goes; but usually come late-December... we Canadians begrudgingly begin to question our existence within the dark deep-freezer we call home. Don't front! Even those of us who love a nice, heavy downpour of fresh powder can attest that "it ain't all good in the Canadian hood" during the winter months.
Thankfully, so far this year, the weather hasn't been too harsh on us. But, we all know that unshakable cold that seeps into our bones. The salt that accumulates and takes up residence in our boots. The icy slip-n-slides we call streets and sidewalks. The unwelcome slush showers that fall upon us when a bus zooms closely by. The mental toughness needed to simply get out of our cars to fill gas tanks in -40 C windchill temperatures. It can take a toll on us all. I don't care how Joe or Jane Canadian you are...
At one point or another, we all want to tell Old Man Winter to CUT THE SHIT, ALREADY!
(And of course, in true hater fashion, winter's all like...
Just, wild levels of disrespectful, am I right???)
That's why, friends, it's imperative to have a few go-to essentials to get you through the frigid funk of a Canadian winter. I'm not talking about your standard mittens, Canada Goose coats, and toques, here... I'm talking about your own personal survival kit, without which winter could be the end of you.
Personally, my Five Winter Weapons are (in no particular order):
... That's how I get away with winter. What are your go-to's to fight the winter blahs? You know... aside from the obvious annual trip to St. Tropez (*I dream big*).
And, probably more importantly: HOW DO YOU CHOOSE TO SPELL TOQUE? Is it "TOQUE"? Is it "TUQUE", or, is it "TOUQUE?"
Can we just refer to it as a "winter beanie", and call it a day?