I’ve been looking forward to the Amherst winter. Maybe it’s because I come from sunny Southern California, but I was eager to layer and accessorize with hats, scarves and gloves. The idea of actually being able to make long-term use of sweaters, wool coats, and boots had me patiently waiting in anticipation for the cold weather to kick in. I’m sure that the reality of New England’s icy winter will soon set in, but meanwhile, it’s time to pull out everything I was never able to use before.

Currently in its eighth season, “The Office” is a television show about a group of workers in the small Scranton, Penn. branch of a dying paper company called Dunder Mifflin. Set in a mockumentary format, the show follows the lives of each of the workers as personalities clash, paper is sold and clients are lost within the isolated and seemingly self-sufficient world of their office.