You know what really grinds my gears?
New Mexican weather.
As we approach spring here in the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico has been in a transition between winter and spring. Just a couple of weeks ago, we had a 2-hour snow delay, causing students to come to school bundled up in beanies and scarves. This past week, the temperature high was at 70 degrees and girls came to school wearing dresses and sandals. And now, winds have begun to pick up again, causing gusts of cold air and leaving students unsure as to how they should dress. I’ve seen boys shivering in their basketball shorts, girls struggling with their flowy skirts, and other people (like me) who dress warmly in the morning and are sweating in all their layers by the afternoon. Living in New Mexico and not having “exact” seasons makes it hard to dress for any occasion, but unintentionally making bad fashion choices isn’t the only thing that bother me about the weather.
Another issue I have with this crazy weather is allergy season. Lately, I’ve been noticing an increase in sniffles and coughs heard in my classes and my initial reaction was Crap. I’m going to get sick. But oddly enough, the next day I woke up with these symptoms only to realize that allergies were to blame. I don’t know about you guys, but when I have allergies, everything feels congested and gross and I can’t breathe and the slightest breeze throws me into a coughing fit where I feel like I’m going to choke on my own spit and DIE (dramatic, I know). Allergies suck.
Finally, my biggest grievance with this weather, especially during the spring, is the wind. I absolutely, positively hate the wind with the fiery passion of a thousand suns! This strong hatred comes from having the unfortunate luck of being born in the spring time (thanks mom and dad). I remember in elementary school our teacher taught us the idiom “In like a lion, out like a lamb”, which meant that the month of March started with horrible weather and ended with nicer weather…but having a late March birthday, I can tell you that that was a lie. Ever since I can remember, planning my birthday party was a complete hit or miss—I was either going to get lucky and have a beautiful, outdoors, birthday party at the park (complete with a piñata) or I was going to have a birthday party with my 20+ family members crammed inside my tiny house and no piñata…which was usually the case.
New Mexican weather can definitely drive us crazy but here are a few tips to help you cope through this transitional phase:
1) CHECK THE WEATHER FORECAST THE NIGHT BEFORE….and in the morning when you wake up….and right before you leave the house.
2) To avoid allergies, buy some bee pollen from a local honey store. Make sure the pollen is gathered locally and eat a few bits every day to avoid getting allergies next season.
3) Don’t make your future kids suffer the agony of having a spring time birthday. Plan ahead and avoid making the mistake my parents made.
Hopefully this will help you survive NM’s crazy weather patterns. Until next time!