Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Enough Already

I seem to have reached a new point in the aging process. A point that has to do with the cold.

I can't stand it.

Until this very year, I would have said that I didn't care how cold it got. Just give me sunshine. In fact, I was still saying that in January of this year, as gray day after gray day rolled through. I wasn't feeling the desperate effects of SAD as I customarily do, but I was certainly aware of the endless, creaseless, seamless gray.

And here we are, with the sun brightly shining on the third day in a row that the mercury in the thermometer is reluctant to rise past 0, and I am beside myself with the misery of cold feet, cold rooms, cold cold cold. The icicles are reminiscent of the days of the wooly mammoth, and the bathtub drain is frozen. (Now that's a pleasant situation.) The dog still dawdles as long as she always has over her outdoor activities, but when she is finally finished she races at breakneck speed for the door.

My own school is off for its second Cold Day, so I am mostly sitting in bed, grading papers and reading. But I did have to go to run errands yesterday, and back out again to my own university class last night, so I know that when the temperature reaches 15, as is promised in the next day or two, it will feel positively balmy.

It is on days like this that a girl's thoughts turn south and think of permanent relocation. To St. Augustine, for example, where one could wake up to this:

PS: Cold is such a bad thing. I seem to have accidentally ordered eleven books from Amazon and Friends. As long as I was sitting here in the cold. And I purchased two at a real bookstore last night. As long as I was out in the cold. Why can't I just do something productive, like laundry?

14 comments:

Mark Smith said...

It's not quite as cold here in NJ, but I'm feeling it too. My body is crying out HIBERNATE but I have to go to work, church, etc.

So far caffeine in the form of Coke and chocolate are propping me up.

Paul said...

I guess I'm supposed to feel guilty that I leave for Cancun Saturday.

Carol said...

Even the slow return of the light isn't helping me out of these doldrums. We're having a heat wave today--almost 30!

Gannet Girl said...

Paul, there is no need to feel guilty. Just FedEx the tickets here. You and Kathleen can go surfing in Newport instead.

Theresa Williams said...

They say we lose our ability to shivver as we get older and that's why we can't stand the cold. Still, I like it; it's fresh and pretty (to me). I just posted a couple of pics. of iciciles and frost. Try to turn up the heat a little?

jo(e) said...

Gorgeous photo!

The cold is bothering me this year too -- mainly because I've got this knee injury so that I can't snowboard or ski or snowshoe or ice skate or hike ... or do anything that would be fun. So instead I feel like I am cold for no purpose.

Quotidian Grace said...

Come down and visit me! It's 72 today with scattered clouds.

Also LOL at your crack about "accidentally" ordering all those books from amazon....

steve said...

Ah, yes, cold. I sometimes find myself thinking about the cold here in Nebraska -- and then remember my years in North Dakota when we used to have contests each year to guess how many days in a row it would go without getting above zero degrees Farenheit. Where they have another contest about whether Grand Forks or International Falls, MN is the coldest spot on the nation each year. That was cold.

Cynthia said...

Sending warm thoughts your way and wishing you had some of our 60 degree temps from today.

lisa c. said...

This is the perfect month to come to Florida! You should make a quick getaway.

lightyears2venus said...

Or come to Tucson. We hit 80 today, which I think beats all the other commentators from warmer climes. Each time I walked from my classroom to the office, I lifted my face to the sun and felt warm rays on my back and gave thanks. But...in a few months it will be so very hot and you will be enjoying perfect weather.
*debbi*

Lisa :-] said...

Can't do laundry. The drains are frozen... ;)

dee said...

I live in Florida and it is cold here too(40's). Sorry about going to Western Caribbean and rubbing it in with the photos. Heck, I wish I am still there.

Kathryn said...

St. Augustine sounds nice. I'm also considering Phoenix. Brrrrrrr!