The wind chill was brutal this morning -37C/ -24F, now I had already decided to skip the Santa Shuffle 5K. Maybe if I had a car to get there and immediately warm up I might have gone, alas I don't have a car and rely on public transit for now.
I also skipped WI today as it was just too bloody cold.
Now I couldn't stay in all day like I did yesterday as I had to go and order my Japanese Yen, it's less then two weeks to my Tokyo vacation. Just a recap this is personal trip, as I can't stay home this Christmas it would just hurt too much. I decided to take myself out of my comfort zone and throw myself into a completely foreign environment where I would not run into a whack of families celebrating Christmas.
So after a wee bit of research Tokyo it was. I am getting a wee freaked out but more excited then scared.
After the bank today was all about being Santa. I always donate two toys to the Salvation Army's toy drive. I always try to pick something that isn't violent as I don't know what they're homes are like and gender neutral. So this year it was a Lego tree house and Monopoly.
This year being in the Calgary office I was introduced to the Christmas Trees on each floor. Each tree has a gift tags that indicate a donation for a particular charity. As a business unit we support 3 charities but the one that spoke to me most was the Seniors Secret Santa.
Seniors Secret Santa supports seniors who are living alone or in care facilities. I picked two cards off the tree for Seniors Secret Santa one for a lady and one for a man.
Oh and I got toilet paper as I was down to one roll that was the one thing I bought myself.
To show you how fast the weather changes in my fair city when I came home the windchill was now -24C/ -11F. Just a 5 degree difference feels a lot better.
Now today is also my Dad's birthday so I'll admit it's a melancholy kind of day.
Tonight I'm off to dinner theater with friends to celebrate someone else's birthday so in my heart it will be celebrating Dad. I knew it was Dad's birthday when I agreed to go as I thought it might be for the best that I have an event today and not dwell in sadness on the couch.
Tomorrow I'm talking to a psychic, now I know there's loads of people who believe and don't believe in psychic plus there are probably loads of fake and real psychics out there. I've talked to this one before in March when I was in job stress. Knowing I was coming back to Calgary but no job identified.
I want to talk to her now to see if my Dad is o.k, plus my whole world was turned upside down since June when he passed and I changed jobs within two weeks of each other. I feel a little lost. The last time I talked to her a lot of what she said made sense so that's why I'm willing to talk to her again.
That's all I got for today.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Friday, December 06, 2013
It is freaking cold out there. -32C with wind chill that would be -25.6F. I have today off as I opted to use one of PTO (paid time off) days. Originally I had planned a whack of errands but when I woke and saw the weather forecast I declared it Flannel PJ Day.
Oh in case you are unfamiliar with a wind chill warning...
Yes that's frostbite to exposed skin in less than 10 minutes.
This is the forecast for tomorrow morning:
I've decided not to do the Santa Shuffle 5K tomorrow, I have a rule that if it dips below -25C and that's base temperature wind chill could easily be -35C to me that's way too cold to be running outside plus I would taking transit there no warm car.
Not to mention earlier this week we got walloped with a blizzard, on Monday when I tried to go to work my shuttle bus never came so I walked 11 blocks to the train station. You couldn't tell where the sidewalk ended and the road began. I walked through drifts that were past my knees. I started to debate the 5K then.
This what Calgary looked like after getting dumped on.
Photo Credit: huffingtonpost.ca
It's incredible to think last Sunday roads were bare and hardly and snow. There snow is so packed on the road in front of my house it's pretty much level with the sidewalk.
Some pour folks had their vehicles buried.
Photo Credit: The Calgary Sun
On Monday I was a winter ninja
This was my ensemble on Tuesday in what I call the sleeping bag coat.
So happy I picked up a second and slightly different pair of Ugg winter boots, I had thought these would be better for deep snow...I was right.
In this type of weather your fashion inspiration is more like this:
I usually leave for weigh in at 8am so tomorrow I'll be talking the shuttle bus to as close to the meeting as humanly possible. I'm just hoping they're running on time, I know there have been issues today. There is another meeting on Saturday that starts at 10am but there's it will only be about 3 degrees warmer so best to throw on long johns bundle up like mummy and go.
At some point on Saturday it is supposed to warm up to -18C...maybe... but that won't be till late afternoon and more snow is forecasted for Sunday and Monday.
This week has been rough, my mind keeps going to tomorrow which is my Dad's birthday. No gym as with the crazy weather it took longer to get home.
Today I figured it was a good day to tackle the mountain of paper that's been occupying my dining room table for months. All stuff I grabbed from Dad's house to be sorted later. I got through half of it and needed a break so now it's cheezy Christmas movie time.
The other day I recorded Deepak Chopra's - What are you hungry for? on PBS. I'm going to watch that today and hopefully reset my head.
Japan in two weeks.