I’ll admit it; Southern Californians are sensitive to cold weather. Once the temperature drops below 65 degrees, we begin to freak out. When the rain comes, all hell breaks loose. Last weekend’s forecast was a dreary prediction of heavy showers. Psychologists have long argued that weather conditions can affect peoples’ moods – and I’m a living testament.
Despite the gloomy weather, N and I decided to make the best of our rainy days. On Friday, I cooked a warm pot of homemade Thai ginger chicken soup. My fragrant slow-cooked concoction featured fresh cilantro, basil, lemongrass, and sliced ginger. The intense flavor packed some much-needed heat to offset the chilly December air. The next evening, we shopped on Abbot Kinney, a Venice street known for its boutique, hipster-inspired stores. N and I squeezed in some happy hour bar hopping too, discovering a hidden gem that serves generous pours. As we tipsily moved from shop to shop, slick puddles formed along the damp sidewalk.
We strolled in the rain to the nearby movie theater to watch “The Life of Pi” on Sunday. The film has dazzling visuals, especially if you love animals. It was a nice change of pace to be enveloped by the grandness of the movie. In truth, I’ve always disliked the cold weather. The early onset of darkness and the seeping rain make me want to stay indoors and hide beneath a thick blanket. I literally count down the days until Spring. But somehow, N makes it all better. I feel warm and energized around him. He inspires me to want to explore and try new things, even though it’s pouring outside. And with weekends like the one we just shared, I barely notice the rain at all.