01 December 2005

Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful

Well, it is cold and windy, which to me is frightful. I have never, in my 20 years living in the North, become acclimated to the cold. I like it when a room is 78 degrees, I just can’t afford to heat my house like that. At work, I sit near the door, which means no matter what the thermostat is set at, when the door opens the cold invades. Today is a perfect example. The clouds blotted out the sun and people kept opening the door, so here I sit, crouched like Bob Cratchett, trying to get warm and concocting ever more elaborate schemes to do so.

I have decided I’m hiding a stash of hot chocolate somewhere in this office and partaking often this winter. That is quite achievable. It is when my fancy takes flight that I get into trouble. Because that is when I think about going to Hawaii, which leads me to thinking of traveling the world. It doesn’t help that my computer wallpaper is a lovely photograph of the Thames and the Houses of Parliament at Christmas. All these dream castles come crashing down when my Outlook inbox pings to let me know there is a new email. It reminds me that I have a job, that I have to work to pay things like rent and my soon-to-be-exorbitant heating bill. This intrusion of reality, once dealt with, tends to make my flights of fancy more grandiose. Confession: I have long harbored the wish that I had some secret trust fund, of which I am unaware, and which will be made known to me any day now. Preferably sooner than later. This large, undecided upon amount of money would enable me to throw off the chains of employment, travel the world with my friends and family in tow, treat my parents to all the things they refuse to do for themselves, and help my brother finish school. I could chase my own dreams and help my loved ones fulfill theirs.

Oh, there is that ping again. Just as I was getting to the good stuff.

6 comments:

Katie said...

Oh! London at Christmas time! Don't say such things, it makes me homesick...

Esperanza said...

I need a trust fund too...or you get yours and lets spend it k? jk. I acutally love the cold weather, makes me feel romantic, makes me want to snuggle by the fire, with blankets and oreos and a good movie!

aquamarine said...

Truthfully, I can't believe how much I miss the snow. But I am so happy with mid-70's weather that I feel torn between snow-bird status and having a white Christmas.

Esperanza I think you finally put what I fee into words about the cold Christmas time. :)

aquamarine said...

that was supposed to be 'feel' not fee....heheh

Panini said...

oh a trust fund would make me so happy. I know I'll be happy if I can have a trust fund. :)
That's so awful that you have to sit by the door. My work gets cold too...I put a heating pad on the back of my chair....ummm, nice.

Panini said...

p.s. I also despise cold weather (snow is pretty)--but not worth it long term.