6:19pm. Working the package room, wishing I had a warm cup of tea. Here in Rochester, we are now unquestionably in the dead of winter. Snow boots are an everyday thing, the sun comes out approximately once a week, we are excited to hear of a high of 25 degrees, and we know we won't see grass for another month...at least. I struggled with my first few winters in Rochester. Being from Texas, I was not used to the unrelenting cold and grayness, and it was a challenge for me to keep up my energy throughout those winter months. Now that I've lived through a few winters, I've come to appreciate (some) things about the season, like how the snow sparkles when it first hits the ground, or how throwing oneself into a snowbank is a great stress reliever (as demonstrated below by Ji-Yeon).
I'm also excited because this weekend, I'm going to go snow shoeing for the first time in my life! So, for all of my friends out there trying to beat the winter blues, I've compiled a list of some of my favorite pieces of music to listen to in this dead of winter. Enjoy!