Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cold Nights, Dreaming of Longer Days!

Sometimes ND is chilly. And a little dark. Like today, where sunrise was at 8:15 am, and sunset was at 4:58 pm. I'm actually excited about this, because there's more light now than there was a few weeks ago. And right now the windchill is 17 below zero.


Here's how I prepare to go outside with Ruby for a walk:
Northface Triseason jacket (excellent!); Northface gloves (not very good; fingers still hurt fairly rapidly); hat that I can pulled down further over my face; neck scarf with zipper that I pull up to just below my glasses; cuddle duds under my jeans (you can't see them, but they're purple); boots; dog leash, poop bag, and string cheese (partially split into little strings for easy puppy luring to walk on my side rather than dragging me at 10mph across ice). And out I go, lasting about 15 minutes max.

I've been thinking about future retirement and drooling over Austin, TX, weather, pulling it up on all my weather apps. Today, at 7pm, it's 44 degrees. Spring weather! But even better, I've realized that they actually have longer days! I don't quite get the whole planet rotation thing, but I do get that their sunrise is 7:30 am, and sunset today is 5:50 pm! Look at that! That's a whole 95 minutes more of sunlight! Of daytime! Like, an hour and a half's worth!

As in you could leave for work in the light, and come home in the light! Oh, the bliss that would be!

Someday. . . . someday. . . . .

8 comments:

Stephanie said...

wow....very cold!!! While I love snow, 17 degress is dang freezing.

Nicki said...

you make me feel like a wimp - I would take what you have and double it - plus thermals. I like the idea of string cheese to lure the dog -- why did no one ever mention that technique back in the day when I had to walk our dog?(Irish Setter - gorgeous, stubborn, strong!)

Becca said...

I agree, I would need at least double the layers. I dislike being cold almost more than anything. The snowflakes look pretty through the window.

Reds said...

Brrrr - that is cold!! Today it is warm compared to your place (-13C). I would totally move to Texas too :)

joscelyne cutchens said...

oh my gosh, i LOVE the snow. so so pretty.

pat said...

Ouch! Wind chill is sooooo nasty. I'd have to double the layers for sure. I hear you about the short days. Sunrise: 7:50; sunset: 4:40. Add to that overcast grey skies---WHERE IS THE SUN??

Barb said...

It looks and sounds too cold for me. I love your hat!

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Houston is also VERY nice! :-) ;-) :-)