the day hell froze over

It’s deadly cold in the Midwest right now. We don’t have the absolute worst of it, but it’s bad here. When I left the house this morning it was -13F with a windchill of -26F. What that means is if you’re outside without sufficient protection from the cold and wind you have about 10 minutes before the frostbite starts. I was not at all interested in that.

Because it’s so cold I’m not exactly dressed like I normally would be. Today it’s all about the layers. I have on:

  • Tights
  • Leggings
  • Jeans
  • Tank top
  • Long sleeved t-shirt
  • Fleece hoodie

In the picture above I was also wearing:

  • My winter coat
  • A wool hat that I knit and felted
  • A knit headband that I used to protect the bottom of my face
  • A knit scarf wrapped to keep the hood of my jacket up (which was over the hood of my blue hoodie which was holding the wool hat in place)
  • Two pair of gloves, one inside the other

All of that, ALL OF THAT, and I was mostly warm on the walk in from the parking structure to my building.

All of the schools in the area are closed, except the universities. We don’t have classes starting here until noon, but that’s still kind of bullshit. There’s no trash pick up here today and the fucking postal service isn’t delivering mail.

The postal service isn’t delivering mail. Just let that sink in for a minute. The motherfucking postal service thinks it’s too cold for their people to be out. Their people are adults who know how to dress for this shit. We have students who are still wearing shorts right now.


At any rate, I got some homework done last night which was good. And at work yesterday I submitted a third proposal for a conference presentation at a local thing.

Overachiever much? Yes, yes I do.

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