Open TicketWhen Spring Weather Finally Gets Here, I Can’t Wait To…Stephanie Spitler

Even though it’s still cold and gray where I live, and there remains a distinct possibility for a few more blizzards (Oh look, it’s snowing right now! How…nice?), I find myself dreaming of spring. Now, I fully realize that it technically is spring, but technical doesn’t count when you’re still scraping ice off your car windshield.

Maybe it’s all the bright colors popping up in stores and catalogs, or the pastel promise of Easter eggs and baskets, but I’m ready to put away the scarves and boots for good and bring out the shorts and sandals. Heck, I’d settle for bringing out a spring jacket to replace the down comforter I call a winter coat.

So, as I wait patiently for springtime weather to catch up with the calendar, here’s what I’ve been dreaming about through this long, gray season:

Bike riding: We’ve had a few sunny days, but the extreme cold means that most bike paths are still frozen (or muddy) messes. But I can’t wait to hop on and pedal away into the (summer) sunset.

Picnics: It doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy an outside dining experience. Warm, or even slightly cool, weather is fine (and sometimes better; there are fewer bugs and fewer crowds). I love grabbing a couple of sandwiches (and something sweet for dessert) and eating al fresco. Even if it’s just in your backyard, it can feel like a getaway.

The beach: I actually prefer the beach in the shoulder seasons (spring and fall). Just like in the picnicking paragraph above, the beach can be less crowded at these non-peak times. But it’s just as beautiful, and I don’t have to wear a bathing suit. So I can’t wait until I can hit the sand (even if it’s just strolling along the shore in jeans and bare feet).

Eating ice cream outside: Now, don’t get me wrong. There is no bad time (or place) to eat ice cream. It’s pretty much a guaranteed mood-lifter. But enjoying the cold treat outside, in the warmth of the sun, is perfection.

Lighter clothes: Spring is the perfect weather season (with fall a close second). Winter is over, and it’s time to shed those sweaters and put on lighter layers. I can wear my ballet flats, instead of lugging them to work in a bag while I commute in clunky boots. And I can slip into short sleeves, or a swingy skirt. It’s all about feeling lighter.

Sandals: Airy, light, in millions of colors and styles, from formal to casual. Is there a more perfect summer shoe than sandals? I am eyeing moccasins this year, but the jury is still out on them. What isn’t up for debate is the fact that my sandal collection will grow as I look for new ways to showcase my newest pink pedi. Bring it, spring!

Travel: Of course, the thing I’m most excited about is better travel weather. While wintertime can offer great deals, the weather is always a concern. Personally, I find it hard to enjoy being outside for long in sub-zero temperatures. So I’m super-psyched that more travel-friendly weather is on the horizon.

What are you most excited for this spring?

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  1. I completely agree. I’m looking out the window now (in Ohio) as it’s snowing… not okay.

    Inspired me to blog about my spring swooning as well today :)
    http://alittlebitwise.blogspot.com/

    Stay warm everyone!

  2. I am so with you on this. Spring is my favorite season and I expected it to be here (in Michigan) weeks ago. All I ever seem to want to do is go on a bike ride, but it’s only been warm enough twice, and even those days I decided 40 degrees and partly sunny was warm enough.

    • It’s funny how warm 40 degrees can feel (especially when it’s sunny!) I’ve definitely done a little of that pretending-it’s-warmer-than-it-really-is. :-)

  3. I’m from Chicago and we’re still very much in winter (apparently it’ll start warming up this week though–fingers crossed!). I can’t wait to be able to make use of my new balcony, which I haven’t been able to take advantage of since I moved into my new condo in November. I’m imagining a Sunday morning, sitting at a little bistro set with coffee and breakfast and my boyfriend, surrounded by my plants, listening to the church bells ring down the street, bathing in the sun. HEAVEN! Why can’t that be now!!!!!!!