Cabin Fever

The weather in Ohio SUCKS today. That is SUCKS, as in all capitol letters. It is very cold, very windy and the roads? A nightmare. The whole state is under some winter storm advisory and several counties have restricted driving: “…no non-essential vehicles; only necessary service vehicles, such as police and fire units and medical vehicles such as ambulances.” The weather was so bad, in fact, that my business partner and I decided not to even open our store today. The weather is extreme. The situation is serious. Travel is dangerous.

And I want to go out SO BAD I could scream. I have “Cabin Fever” already – after like six hours at home…

Cabin Fever cartoon

cabin fever n. – Boredom, restlessness, or irritability that results from a lack of environmental stimulation, as from a prolonged stay in a remote, sparsely populated region or a confined indoor area.

I do not know if I can honestly describe the roughly nine hours I have been awake today as a “prolonged” period, or if our 1300+ square foot apartment – complete with 300+ cable channels, the internet and working telephones – qualifies as an environment with a lack of stimulation or could be considered confining. It is indoors so I guess I can claim that one.

I’m not sure what it is about humans that make us so “antsy” by nature – maybe not antsy so much as disobedient. It is definitely wise to stay inside today/tonight, safe and sound in our warm, heated apartment, complete with food (even ice cream!), plenty of diversions and, best of all, each other. Yet, both Martin and I are Jonesin’ to get outta’ here today, even if only for an hour or so…

We Surrender

I think it must be the weather, the lack of light, the abundant snow, all combined with a lack of basic common sense that is suggesting we at least go out and pick up a pizza. Or something. Truth be told, we have dinner plans with friends – HOORAY! Anyway, I hope to cure my cabin fever in its early stages. Like all ailments, I think early and aggressive treatment is always the most sensible decision…   😀

PS – Thanks to artist Dave Granlund for these awesome strips. They are perfect!

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