Sunday, January 5, 2014

Brrrring It On!

Is it already the new year?  Holy heck.  My last quarter of 2013 turned into a bit of a whirlwind.  Work trips, fun trips, and then the holidays.  And now I'm bunkered in my home while some BFD polar vortex is whooping it up outside.  Here's how the party is shaping up right now:

For those of you outside of the US, this would be Fahrenheit.  Here in the States, we can think of lots of other things to say that begin with the letter "F," and "frozen" isn't even one of them.  While I shudder to think of stepping outside tomorrow AM to head to work (yeah, that's right), I did purchase a couple things that I'm hoping will soften the arctic blow.  A little, anyway.

Uniqlo offers a line of clothing with some fancy "Heat Tech" magic.  I snapped up a pair of black cords and some turtlenecks.  They arrived just in time to be put to the ultimate test.  I got so excited that I had to take a picture of them in the right setting:

Yup.  That's me.  In a camisole (and cords and some doofy shoes, that are out of sight here).  Showing off the snazzy packaging while trying not to freeze my arse off.  It's bright and sunny, I've got on the shades, and if you didn't see the snow in the background, I'll bet you'd a thought it was balmy out here.  I took this bad selfie in -8 F / -25 F windchill.  Which, considering the current temps, is kind of warm.  For, you know, ice weasels.  And me, for 30 seconds.  I consider this my version of the polar plunge.

Anyway...  I'm anxious to see whether my smart, new duds will keep me toasty in a mere 10 hours.  I've also brought out the down coat that I lovingly call the "pizza roll" (due to its straight, formless shape).  Unlike my J. Crew cincher, the old faithful grazes my ankles, and I'll need all the coverage I can get.

Kind of a jarring way to ring in the new year, but it's sure giving all us social media dorks something to buzz about. 

I'm hoping your January is a little more temperate.  But if not...  if you're also battling historic low temps and snow (yeah, you, Chicago)...  just remember:  this is exactly what steak dinners, casseroles, and scotch hot toddies are for.  Cheers to that!  Bring on the cold, and also a fantastic 2014!

Stay warm and Happy New Year!

No comments: