Winter been too long for you? Had too much snow? (Boston, I’m lookin’ at you.) Been indoors too much?
Then you have cabin fever. Actual cabin is not required. Cabin fever is an all-too-real phenomenon here in Montana — in the winter, days are short, nights are long, skies are often gray, and the snow is often piled upon piles. Sometimes you feel like if you don’t get out and do something different soon you’ll go nuts.
You can only watch so much Netflix and only check Facebook a finite number of times per day. What you need, my friends, is to get out to Cabin Fever Days! This annual event takes place among the metropolises of Martin City, Coram, and Hungry Horse, all of which are scattered in their cultural glory throughout Badrock Canyon, the gauntlet between the wide and beautiful Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park.
Narrow Badrock Canyon gets very little sunlight in the winter and is not recommended for those with Seasonal Affective Disorder (fancy schmancy name for cabin fever). The hardy residents cope with the conditions by using various and handy aids — alcohol, trips out of state, alcohol, ice fishing, and alcohol. Often firearms are involved. Maybe arson.
The highlight of Cabin Fever Days is the world famous (so they tell me) BarStool Ski Races. “It’s pretty easy to get yourself into the Barstool Ski Races. Mount some skis on something you can ride and put on a costume if the mood strikes you.” What could be easier? If you’re wondering about the difference between Steerable, Non-Steerable, Open, and Show Classes — and I know you are — you can read all about that too.
Need some video coaching?
[Warning: alcohol may have been consumed by participants, judges, onlookers, and various pets.]
What does this have to do with nail polish? Nothing. But since I don’t have my flying barstool quite ready yet, I often combat cabin fever by playing with my nail polish and having an at-home spa day. Here’s a new-to-me polish from Zoya, Crystal.
Crystal is from the 2010 winter/holiday collection called Fire & Ice, and man, was this set a winner! Sarah, Tiffany, Gloria, Valerie, and Lisa were all gorgeous, not a runt in the litter.
Crystal is a clear base with tons of silvery blue and gold foil particles or microglitter. The first coat was so sheer and streaky that I thought I’d have a hard time building up opacity but I didn’t. Three coats, no top coat, under bright indirect outdoor light and then with the fill flash:
Very wintry, but the gold sparkles keep it from being just another blue.
Now, get out and get busy!