How to Battle the Mid-Winter Blues

by: Beci Russell

edited by: Dawn Bush

The glory of spring is only around the corner, but it seems so far away on days when you wake up to this:

snow-wednesdayIf you have to scrape ice off of your windshield one more morning you might scream.  The wonky weather claims a new victim at your site every week, felling weaklings left and right with the flu and colds. And, you’re so completely over waking up when it’s still dark and not getting home before it’s dark again.

All you want is to be able to wear your light jacket, rather than that heavy peacoat; or to see a lovely line of spring flowers in bloom.

And, oh, summer!  You would give your brother’s first born child for a relaxing afternoon with some chums at the community pool on your family pass (what?!) or a cheap hot dog and a warm summer evening down at PNC Park (because it’s the only professional sporting event you can afford on an AmeriCorps stipend…).

But alas, Pittsburgh remains grey and dreary and likely will for another few months.

So what can you do?  Here are a few tipsys and tricksys to help you keep sane, warm, and happy until the springtime:

  • Did you know that you can get into the Carnegie Museums for only $1 with your ACCESS card? And you can take up to 3 guests with you all for the same reduced rate.  Go enjoy some history, art, and dinos at a dramatically reduced price!


  • Are you jonesing for a fresh, delicious summertime meal?  Whether summer means tacos, hot dogs, or ice cream, Pittsburgh can dish you up whatever you desire.  

        Tacos: Round Corner Cantina, SMOKE, PGH Taco Truck

        Hot Dogs: Dormont Dogs, Station Street Hot Dogs, Franktuary

        Ice Cream: Oh Yeah Coffee and Ice Cream Co, The Milkshake Factory, Dream       Cream Ice Cream

  • If you’re not doing it already, you should use and abuse Groupon and LivingSocial as much as possible. A recent Groupon was a 59% discount on a remote car starter with installation. That could warm up those frosty mornings!


  • And, if all else fails:



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