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Whether you're married, dating, have living relatives or know someone you can kind of call a friend, make up a new tradition with them. of Java, let’s make the best of our time on the frozen prairie with yet another list of some not-too-bad ideas for your loved or liked ones and you to do together this season. Winter Sur-thrive-al Activities 1. Learn a language on your own or with a friend or lover <strong>The</strong>re are plenty of apps and podcasts available that can teach you other languages for free. Coffee Break Languages podcasts and the DuoLingo app are two excellent options. If you learn with a buddy, you can challenge each other and keep the momentum going. Once you have some fluency going on, you can also have secret conversations in public and talk about other people in front of their backs, just like my Spanish speaking friends did to me in high school. Please note: When people stare, point and laugh, they’re definitely talking about you. 2. Make up some traditions Whether you're married, dating, have living relatives or know someone you can kind of call a friend, make up a new tradition with them. <strong>The</strong>re's a reason people have lasting traditions throughout their family lineage. It helps people bond, and it's something to look forward to during the season of depression (this excludes lutefisk). 3. Sleep in on a Saturday and watch cartoons Maybe it's because my love for cereal as a child was an unhealthy obsession. Perhaps it's because I still love and protect my stuffed animals. Whatever the reasons are, I still believe some Saturdays should be spent sleeping in until at least 9:35 a.m., eating cereal and watching cartoons. 4. Host dress-up dinner parties Tim and I are big proponents of costumed dining (dressup dinner parties). In the last few years, we've probably had at least one every season with some of our friends. You can make it a murder mystery, too, if you desire. <strong>The</strong> main point is to have a theme, make sure everyone dresses up, assign food or beverage items for people to 12 / THE GOOD LIFE / urbantoadmedia.com bring, and see what strangeness ensues throughout the evening. Remember to take pictures. 5. Plan a trip, big or small You can take a little excursion during the months aforementioned or plan ahead for a spring or summer vacation. Having something to look forward to is of utmost importance, and, if you do the planning early, you don't have to spend your time indoors on your devices hashing out all the details when you could be outside planting asparagus or kayaking down the dirty ol’ Red. 6. Sunday dinner This kind of ties in with No. 3, but consider having a weekly or monthly ritual of feasting with those whom you love the most. 7. Volunteer and help others <strong>The</strong> Midwest is a brutal place in the fall, winter, and, well, the spring, especially if you don’t have a warm place to call your own. Help people and animals often. This actually benefits you, too, and will give you a greater sense of purpose. Even if you don’t volunteer at a soup kitchen or a shelter, you can help the homeless by creating care packages filled with everyday items. When you see them on the street, you’ll be prepared. Maybe throw in a blanket, some food, water, gloves, socks, and a Bible or another book filled with reminders of hope — anything to help people survive. 8. Get all kinds of cozy with your kids (or S.O.) Don’t underestimate the power of playing games (not mind games). Maybe Candy Land isn’t in your top 10, but playing board games, working on puzzles, or finding some other activity your kids will love helps you connect and lighten up — unless you’re one of those crazies that has to win every time in order to be happy. Whether you choose to try any of these ideas or not, make sure you set fun goals for yourself this winter. We need little things to look forward to every day amidst the simultaneously bland and busy weeks. Don’t just wait for excitement; create it. •