Fun Things To Do When The Winter Cold Traps You Indoors

Fun Things To Do When The Winter Cold Traps You Indoors

"My favorite thing about winter? When it's over."


The days are getting colder by the minute, and with the polar vortex threatening the month of February, it's hard to find things to do every day besides simply sitting around doing nothing. In order to combat this, I've come up with a list of activities that may be able to help with the boredom of winter and the awful cold weather.

One of the best things to do on a rainy, cold or gross day is watch movies. Get a group of friends together and pick out your favorite movie series or set of movies of a certain genre. Make popcorn, buy snacks and set up a comfy couch with blankets and pillows. It's an easy, inexpensive and fun way to spend the day with friends as well as enjoy your favorite movies together.

In relation to a movie day, you could have a game day. Whether you choose video games or board games, setting up a fun little gameday with your friends or family is a great way to spend the day inside. If you want to challenge yourself, you could choose games like "Monopoly" or "Scrabble" so you have to put a little more thought into it. Or, you could choose fun games like "Cards Against Humanity" or "Mario Kart" in order to feel more relaxed.

Another fun activity for a cold day is making crafts and decorations for your room or house. There are so many cute "do-it-yourself" projects on Pinterest, Google and YouTube. Painting canvases is a super easy and fun DIY project that doesn't take much effort but leaves a room looking completely re-done. You can easily find a new project for the day and create something to spice up your space. Along with that, it would also be fun to look up recipes on the same sites and learn about new foods. Whether you like to bake or cook, there are so many delicious recipes you can try.

The last set of activities is definitely relaxing and all about self-care. Sometimes, being at home all day for days on end can cause you to feel extremely lazy and all-around gross. Setting up a spa day in order to refresh yourself is something that's so easy and fun. Find a friend, buy a facemask and paint your nails. Feeling rejuvenated after weeks of cold weather can not only be a benefit for your skin but your mentality as well. In relation to that, if you want something a little more upbeat, you could always do an "at-home-workout," which can be found anywhere and everywhere on the web. Even if it's something as simple as a no-weight workout or some type of yoga, getting yourself up and moving is bound to make you feel a lot better about the past days of laziness.

The best part about all of these activities is that they're so versatile – you can do them with your friends, family or alone if you want. Whatever you choose to do inside on the cold days ahead, make it worth your while and be sure to do something that you enjoy.

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

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14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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I Met My Boyfriend Playing Video Games And He Drove 2,000 Miles To Come See Me In Person

Driving 29 hours only took him two days, too.


I have always been a hopeless romantic.

I found love in the weirdest most unexpected way. I never thought I would find love on a video game, and if someone told me a year ago that I would meet my best friend and lover on a game I would have laughed at them. But it happened and I soon found myself in a long distance relationship.

I met my boyfriend playing Fortnite, I would randomly play with random people online when I was bored and to pass time. When playing with random people one day I ran into someone I soon could not imagine ever losing. The only problem was he lived In Arizona and I live in Michigan so that means he is 2,000 miles away from me...

It started out as a friendship.

We would play many hours every day together, learning new things as we both played a game together we enjoyed. We became best friends and began telling each other everything. After a month of playing every day together, we started FaceTiming and having long conversations on the phone.

I fought the feelings for a couple of weeks knowing that the distance was just too much and it seemed like a childish thought to think that anything could possibly work.

What I did not know was that the boy I was secretly crushing on 2,000 miles away, felt the same exact way I did. One night on the phone he told me he had feelings for me and it was so much more than a friendship to him. The news excited me but also scared me because that number of miles in between was always going to be there.

Even though I was scared I knew that it felt so right and I could not hold myself back like I have many times before in the past. One late night he told me he was going to come visit me. Within a couple of weeks he was on a plane to meet me for the first time.

I have never felt nerves like I felt the night he flew into the Detroit Airport. I woke up early that morning and tried on ten different outfits running around my apartment like a lunatic. I could not even believe it was happening. The plan was that he was going to stay for a week and we were not going to force anything but just enjoy each others company.

The night I picked him up from the airport he called me and told me he was walking out the terminal to where the cars were parked. I looked out of my best friends car window and saw him walking towards the car and my heart dropped. This is the moment I have thought about countless times for the past month and a half and it was finally coming true. I quickly got out of the vehicle and ran towards him. Immediately hugging him. It honestly felt like I was in a scene like I have seen in the movies as a little girl.

His first trip out here ended up turning out amazing! After a week of going on many dates and getting to know each other more, we soon came to realize that our feelings for each other were just too much to ignore. He was only supposed to stay a week but ended up staying almost two whole weeks extending his stay because he just simply did not want to go home.

We ended the trip on a good note and decided that even though there was going to be a distance between us we wanted to make it work and be in a relationship. I was scared because this was going to be my first relationship where distance was a huge factor but I knew that he was the one I wanted to be with.

Not even two weeks after him leaving he texted me one day and told me he couldn't do the distance and he was going to move here. He packed up his car that night and headed back to Michigan. He drove all through the night only stopping once in Texas and was quickly back knocking on my apartment door.

He has been living with me for four months now and things could not be better. Every day is a journey and this love story has been one of the craziest journeys in my life so far. But it continues to challenge and excite me every day.

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