Friday, January 16, 2009


It's 16 degrees. With a windchill of something like -20. Not really, but it sure feels like it. This morning it was 10 when I went to the gym.

When I lived in Arizona, I came to the understanding of extreme temperatures. You don't feel much difference between 75 and 80. But there's a HUGE difference between 100 and 105.

I learned that again living in New York City in the winter. Holy cow. That wind can knock the bejeezus off you. Or diminish you to a pile of gloves, scarves, and hats and it takes you 10 minutes to get ready to go outside.

So today I am thankful for a couple of things:
  • Thermals. Boy, howdy, do they make a HUGE difference. Even inside my house while I'm FINALLY working on my minor field statement.
  • Hot chocolate, hot tea (raspberry zinger!), hot food. Bring it on. Inside my body. Yum.
  • My giant down coat with the fake fur collar. I don't know why the fake fur makes me feel warmer, but it does. Oh I love me a good warm coat that makes me 12 sizes bigger.
  • My down comforter. Plus two quilts. Plus flannel sheets and flannel pajamas, and one of those little bag-things with lavender that you warm up in the microwave. The other night I woke up a couple of hours after I had gone to bed, and the magical pillow was still warm! Magic, I tell you!
  • Warm car heaters. I can't tell you how much colder it is when you don't have a car and you walk to the subway or wait for the bus. Thanks, Golda.
  • And, last but not least, a chocolate milkshake. I know, I know, a bit counter-intuitive, but even on cold days you need a little chocolate deliciousness. Especially.
And more good news: the weather report for Inauguration Day calls for a balmy 37 degrees. That's practically 40! That's suntan weather! Can't wait!


Blondie said...

The milkshake thing made me laugh.
I hate being cold so much that I rarely eat frozen treats in the winter. Just yesterday I realized I haven't had any ice cream since Thanksgiving--and that is WAY too long!

Jennifer said...

It was 78 today.

Laurel said...

things you will never hear me say:

"Oh I love me a good warm coat that makes me 12 sizes bigger"'ll never hear me say that.

(i adore you.)

Smarties said...

If only I could send you your very own hot chocolate machine . . .