Since some people are complaining about February and midwinter doldrums, I'll chime in as a February avenger (I'll take a button for that if anyone wants to make one, kinda like a grammar avenger but for February). Update! Abby has made me/us a February Avenger button. You can find it here. And I rearranged my sidebar just to show it off. Thanks so much.
February is my birth month. Just for the 'awww' factor, here's my all-time favorite picture of me and my mom shortly after my birth. The freakish thing is, I look exactly like my mother. Everyone who sees that pic thinks that she is me and that the baby is my daughter.
Today is my daughter's birthday. If for no other reason, I can honestly and wholeheartedly celebrate February because I have a 17 year old who refuses to ask for anything for her birthday. Let me repeat that. There is no birthday present list. There was no Christmas list. I gave birth to a child who quite obviously has only half my genes.
Did I mention that she's really cool? And that she's baking an apple pie for her own birthday dinner? And that she's an artist? And that she keeps her room cleaner than I keep the rest of the house? If you can't stand the suspense, you can see a picture of her here, posted with her permission.
Other wonderful February things include þorrablót - what we need here is a midwinter festival, including drunken revelry and interesting food products. I read Nik's blog regularly, for interesting tidbits about life in Iceland. I'm inordinately fond of Iceland. The wool, the language, the country ... everything. Just for fun, go here and see a barometer of the political consciousness of the country. I have the original NYTimes advert page stuck to my refrigerator.
I don't see the need for dismissing a month of gray, and slush, and in-between weather and moods. I see the need for a celebration of it. It's a time for reflection and taking inventory. A time to deal with your winters past and look forward to your spring. Consider it 'down time'. Consider it whatever you want. But don't diss February just because you're anxious for something new. This is February. Deal with it. Enjoy it.