Hibernate.  Definition:  verb – to spend the winter in close quarters in a dormant condition; to withdraw or be in seclusion.

Yup, that’s what we do here in New England.  Not the whole winter, just the two months from the day after the Super Bowl until the end of March.  It’s the only time of year where there is not much going on, best to just hunker down, try to eat right, exercise, and drink less.

We watch movies –  anything and everything.  We watch the Academy Award nominees, the winners & the losers.  This year we watched the Godfather trilogy, neither of us had ever seen it.  It was really good and occupied us for a good 10+ hours!

Usually we get a surprise 70 degree day at least once in March and it kick-starts everyone up and out of hibernation.  Not this year, there is still 2 feet of snow on the ground, and it’s still damn cold outside.  This morning when I got up it was 25 degrees and I thought to myself “OK, that’s better.”  Yeah, better than the usual 16 – 19 degrees.

Needless to say, everyone is struggling to slowly come out of hibernation this year.  We are like bears waking up after a long winter and we are cranky.  The scary thing is it doesn’t have to be like this.  Not everybody is hibernating – in California, life just goes on, people are still outside running, playing beach volleyball.  Every January when we leave St. John, as the ferry is pulling out of the harbor, I point and say to Greg – “just remember all of this is still going to be going on when we are not here…”

But we continue live here and hibernate two months a year.  Maybe it’s good for us, recharges us so we can hit the summer and fall hard.  After all, we have a lot to cram into a few short beautiful months.

If Mother Nature isn’t going to shake us out of this here in New England, we need to find our own jumpstart elsewhere.  Time to head to Florida to visit my folks and get a serious dose of Vitamin D.  When we get back it will be April and time to get back to having fun and living life.  Marathon Monday is less than a month away!  Go Sox!