Although the Southwest is typically warmer than most areas, it has obviously been freezing lately. I am the type of person who thinks it should rain or snow whenever it is cold outside so the fact that we have barely gotten any snow is somewhat disappointing. As the temperature consistently hovers around freezing, we have to stay warm and active somehow despite how amazing hibernation looks for bears. Going on a walk a few times a week is a great way to keep your mood up in this climate. The best thing we can do in my opinion is not take this cold weather for granted as it will probably be 100 degrees in six months.
1. Ice skating
What better time to learn to ice skate than when it is cold outside? Whether you are a beginner or a budding figure skater, Outpost Ice Arenas at 9530 Tramway Blvd NE, can help you develop or sharpen up on your skills. New Mexico needs more representation in the Winter Olympics and the National Hockey League and it starts with us here in Albuquerque. As someone who went to elementary school in Alamogordo, one day I want to look and see the face of the NHL is from Santa Fe and at that moment, I will know my work is done and that I have made an impact.
Whether it is at the library, at Barnes & Noble or at home, there is never a bad place to read. Whether it is a paperback, eBook, newspaper, or an online academic journal, there are millions of different topics to research and learn about. Hey, maybe you end up liking “War and Peace” or “Great Expectations” and become a literature lover who hosts book clubs at Starbucks. Having a warm coffee and a nice book is something that will never go out of style.
3. Learn a new recipe
Another activity you can try is learning a new recipe or adding your own style to an already existing dish. The opportunities are endless as you could learn how to create lasagna from scratch or Shepherd’s pie or even a prime rib if you are feeling like Fred Flintstone. Learning the recipes that your ancestors is a skill nobody has come to regret. Who know your food preferences better than you so what better gift to yourself than improving your own cooking abilities? You will save money going to certain restaurants because your version will be better than the store-bought version.
4. Learn a new language
One difficult yet extremely helpful task you could partake in is learning a new language. Learning a language outside of English is impossible to me but some people know 10 languages so it is possible. America is hosting the World Cup in 2026 and having the ability to converse with a multitude of people is definitely beneficial in that situation. I am brushing up on my C+ level Spanish skills and conjugations and you should too.
5. Outdoor football or f ú tbol
Few things feel cooler figuratively and literally then playing a sport with your pals in the cold. I feel like you even gain a greater appreciation of athletes who go sleeveless in the snow which I always thought was bonkers. We say anything under 40 degrees or with precipitation is football weather so why not enjoy the cool breeze yourself?