November: ugh

Sun, 2009-11-01 17:18

I think I'm going to try to post something every day during November.

I'll start by saying that I think November is my least favorite month of the year. It seems the darkest, though December is darker. But December has Christmas, and the winter solstice, so that by the end of the month, the days are getting longer, while during the entire month of November the days get shorter. Too, in Seattle, it rains a lot in November: the average rainfall in November is second only to December.

The other thing that makes December tolerable is that I don't work so much in December. This year, I'm giving final exams on December 12, which I have to grade of course, but I won't have to teach until January 4. That makes bad weather and short days much more tolerable.

And January, while colder than December or November, is, you know, the new year. New quarter starts, days are getting longer: it's practically like spring, or at least pre-spring.

So November is often the low point, but that doesn't mean it is all that bad. I'm not expecting a horrible experience over the next 30 days, just a dark, wet, somewhat cold one.