Winter

Getting Ready For Winter

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Assuming you are no Elsa, the cold probably bothers you. Being prepared for winter will let you stay focused on school work and building a snowman rather than how freezing cold it is outside. Here are a few tips to stay warm this winter:

1. Make sure you’ve got the gear.

Gloves, cozy socks, scarf, hat, big winter coat, long johns or leggings, and boots are all necessities this time of year.

2. Get a flu shot.

Staying healthy is important, check out your local pharmacy for possibility of free flu shots.

3. Keep lotion, tissues and tea in your dorm room.

Getting small packs of tissues for your backpack is a good idea also. Nothing’s worse than sitting in a midterm with a runny nose and no tissue.

4. Find out snow day information.

Whether it’s by following the school president on Twitter or by signing up for texting alerts, you don’t want to show up to class on a snow day!

5. Avoid fire hazards.

Don’t cover up your dorm heater and if something goes wrong, call 911. If you have other fire safety questions, contact your RA.

An Easy and Filling, Vegetable Soup Recipe!

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soup1Now that we are headed into the colder months, you may find yourself craving a nice, hot bowl of soup. If you have access to a kitchen, I have a great and easy recipe for you! This recipe is delicious and actually really filling. It is super easy to make and does not require too much preparation. This soup will warm you up on a cold day and you’ll probably have leftovers for a few days!

What You’ll Need:

-1 carton/32 ounces of vegetable broth

-1/2-3/4 cup of cut and peeled carrots, chopped

-4 stalks of celery, chopped

-3/4 cup of cabbage, chopped

-1/2 cup diced tomatoes

-Salt and pepper to taste

 Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine all of your ingredients into a medium-large sized pot and stir.
  1. Cook over medium heat and cover for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  1. Uncover and add salt and pepper to taste. Stir. Once you taste it, decide if you want to add more salt or pepper until you get it to your liking.
  1. Serve yourself (and some friends) a bowl and either keep leftovers simmering on low heat for seconds or pour into Tupperware to store in your fridge or freezer for more long lasting preservation!

*You can also add noodles, rice, or orzo to this recipe if you’d like. Or if you’re feeling in the mood, you can even add some matzo balls!

Now pour yourself some soup, grab a blanket, and curl up in front of your TV for a warm, relaxing night in!

The Brighter Side of Winter

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If you don’t live under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that this winter has been particularly harsh thus far. So if your plans have been ruined and your classes have been cancelled—AGAIN—here are a few ways to stay sane while you are cooped up indoors waiting for the blizzard to pass.

  1. Don’t feel bad about cancelling plans.

This one is important. If you made plans with someone before a snowstorm, don’t feel bad about changing or postponing said plans. Remember, your safety comes first. If you must drive in this weather, be sure the roads are safe and make a list so you can get as much done in one trip as you can.

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If something were to happen when you were out getting milk and bread, be prepared to build an igloo for safety in the case of an accident. This basic skill could save your life and even if there was no accident, practicing in the backyard could lead to hours of worthwhile fun.

  1. Learn a new skill

Between Pinterest and StumbleUpon, it’s easy to find something new to learn. Maybe you’ve always wanted to crochet a scarf. Or play the harmonica.

ice fishing

You could even learn how to go ice fishing, I hear Eskimo’s do this a lot in their free time why not try it out and see what the rave is all about.                                                                                   

  1. Catch up on homework

Okay so this one isn’t actually enjoyable but hey, it needs to be done. If you’re an assignment or two behind, now is a good time to catch up.

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If your fireplace is running low on wood, you could always use that homework assignment your professor gave you last week. Staying warm or doing homework? I think we know the answer.

  1. Skype your family

Your parents are probably worried about you, as parents often are, because of the severe weather. Take some time to let them know you’re okay and while you’re at it, let them know what you’ve been up to lately.

faceplant

Like how you’ve become a famous YouTube star from sledding down a hill on your campus, then flying up 15 feet in the air and planting your face into the snow.  The Today Show has already contacted you about a guest appearance – mishaps in the snow aren’t so bad.

  1. Hang out with your friends

Just because you’re staying in doesn’t mean you have to be alone! Call up some friends in town or around campus and have some fun.

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You could have a movie night, play some board games or participate in a philanthropy event! Every year, my campus hosts an undie run, you show up and donate your clothing to a homeless shelter. Then you get to run across campus in your undies, doing good and having fun all in one!