Winter has well and truly set in with chilly weather and windy days and whilst it's lovely to just sit at home and hibernate all weekend there are some other simple and heart-warming pastimes to indulge in this weekend. So don't let winter hibernation drive you insane its time to fight the winter blues with some good old fashioned fun.
1. Catch up with a good friend you haven't seen in a while.
You know the kind of friend you don't see all that often but whose company you really miss. Now is as good a time as any to organise a catch up over coffee or a long and lazy lunch for a good old chat with your favourite buddy. There's just something about a long gossip and reminiscing session with a friend that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
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2. Buy the weekend papers and actually take the time out to read them.
Getting our news online or via the telly is definitely convenient but to me nothing beats the experience of buying an actual physical newspaper and reading it. The weekend papers especially are full of interesting sections and articles and for under $3.00 they're certainly value for money. It might be old fashioned in this digital day and age but why not take time out to appreciate some print journalism before it becomes extinct.
3. Brave the winter chill and go out for a walk. Winters's a great time to rug up in your favourite coat, scarf and beanie and embrace the brisk cool air. While it's nice to hibernate indoors it's also good to take advantage of the cool weather where you can enjoy your walk at any time of the day without the risk of heatstroke. If you have young children or a dog some time outdoors will tire them out and give you a break from the insanity of trying to keep them entertained indoors all day.
4. Cook a Sunday roast. If you're the stir fry or quick salad sort of cook why not be a bit more adventurous in the kitchen this weekend and try cooking a roast. It's easier than you think – just pick your favourite meat and veggies, (or just veggies for the vegetarians) season well with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and some fresh herbs and throw it all in the oven. Cooking on a relatively low heat for a few hours tends to give the best results so make sure you allow enough time. Make some salad or rice on the side and voilà – your Sunday roast dinner's ready to enjoy.
5. Watch your favourite movies. On a cold winter's night nothing beats watching your favourite movie, making some microwave popcorn and putting your feet up. Spending some time in the company of your favourite actors makes the long winter nights much more enjoyable. My default feel good movies always include the following - When Harry Met Sally, Meet the Parents & Meet the Fockers, As Good as it Gets, and Roman Holiday. So bring out the DVDs or go out and rent some and bring the big screen to your place this weekend.