The Internet Cheers Me Up

Stargazer Lily

I call this one: Fake Spring In A Vase

The Northerner in me loves that we got somewhat of a real winter in Richmond, but now it’s spring and even I’m ready for sun and flowers and no mittens. But the weather doesn’t care what I want and I can’t afford to fly us all to St. Thomas so I decided we needed to gather all the cheerful online things for little pick-me-ups between putting on those snow boots again.

When I need to pretend spring is here, since I have no idea what flowers will come up where in my new house and the weather has made me hesitant to plant anything, I drool over the Pinterest flower garden search knowing I will never do anything that remotely looks like the photos and am okay with that after my Pinterest hair fiasco.

Other times, I need a quick laugh while not making eye contact with the windows, I read Lamebook, which takes ridiculous Facebook status and comments and collects them in one hilarious place. I have yet to see anyone I know but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.

I may be too old to stay up late and just cold enough to miss Conan, but I’ll admit that I like Jimmy Fallon’s happy Tonight Show enough to follow it on YouTube. Between bringing out the best in Idina Menzel beyond getting her name right and convincing Kevin Bacon to be footloose, I think they’ve made a good choice with their host.

For a thinking-man’s funny, I hit up McSweeney’s or The Onion. (If you don’t believe that you have to think to appreciate The Onion, check out Literally Unbelievable.)

For the beautiful in the world, I look to Tree Porn on Tumblr (although I will warn you, you may see some trees with snow on them). Or if you really miss spring, you can catch the bugs and leaves of instagrammer @rickyohead.

I hope this list gives you a few moments of happiness and warmth before you trudge through our pseudo-spring. I know that I will be glancing at my phone between snowflakes (and later, pollen sneezes {sigh}).

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from an undergraduate degree in political philosophy to a medical degree to a stay-at-home mom, poet and writer by the age of 30. Now she spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog, except when it’s serious, about life, parenting, marriage, culture, religion and politics. She has a muse of a husband, two young kids, four cats, one dog, and a readership that gives her hope for humanity.

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