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Despite today’s 60-degree weather in New Jersey, it’s officially winter. It wasn’t too long ago when ice was painfully pelting my face as I walked the streets of Manhattan. Oh yeah… that was last week.

As a true northern girl, I think winter is awesome, particularly around the holidays. But with this change of season come some really weird things that annoy the heck out of me. I’ve listed them here to celebrate Day 8 of the “12 Days of Single” blog challenge. Enjoy!

Top 10 Annoying Things About Winter

1) Men applying Chapstick.

I mean, have you ever seen anything more awkward? Why can’t they just hold the Chapstick tube normally instead of pretending they’re playing a mini-saxaphone with one hand, or palming a baseball? Why can’t they just relax their lips instead of making those ridiculous duck faces? It’s painful to watch. I’d actually prefer for them to just have chapped lips.

2) “So much for global warming!”

Why is it that every time it snows or a cold front rolls through, conservatives always respond with a quick retort about the foolishness of climate change? I’m no scientist, but just because it’s cold in December doesn’t mean global warming isn’t happening. It’s always cold in December.

3) Dogs wearing sweaters.

Dogs already have coats built in to their bodies. It’s called fur. I hear the stuff is pretty warm already.

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4) “It’s like Siberia out there!”

Really? It’s negative 89 degrees fahrenheit outside? Calm down, drama queen. Put on a scarf and suck it up.

5) Adults in onesie pajamas.

There’s really no reason for this. What’s next? Adults sucking pacifiers and drinking out of baby bottles? I’m sure this is all someone’s fetish, but it’s got to stop. Going to the bathroom in the middle of the night would be a complete nightmare.

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6) Men wearing mittens.

Why?

7) Snowboarders thinking they’re cooler than skiers.

Have you ever asked a snowboarder if they’re going skiing this winter? The shock and disbelief in their faces is hysterical, followed by a very stern, “I’m going snowboarding, yes.” Um… get over yourself. You do realize all you’re doing is sliding down a hill on a piece of plastic, right? You’re not saving Africa.

8) “I love boot weather!”

Have you been to Texas lately? Those studs wear leather cowboy boots 18 hours a day in 110-degree summer heat. Boot weather? Give me a break!

9) Parents over-dressing their kids.

Have you ever seen the child of an over-protective parent step out of the house during cold weather? Picture 12 layers of clothing under a poofy snow jacket, plus hat / gloves / scarf / earmuffs / leg warmers / boots. There’s no way that poor kid will make it down the two steps from the front door to the sidewalk — he literally cannot move his limbs, let alone go sledding.

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10) People in Florida thinking they’re “cooler” than the rest of us.

Yeah, we know it’s hot in January where you live. We see the photos of your kid in the pool on New Year’s Eve. But that same kid doesn’t even know what a snowman is. Let’s consider how that’s gonna screw him up in the future? Enjoy the sunshine… and therapy bills.

But seriously, watching men put on Chapstick is still the worst.

~Ruth

{Stay tuned for the remaining installments of the “12 Days of Single” blog challenge. I’ll be posting a new blog every day from now until Christmas!}