Post by existentialcrisis on Jan 6, 2010 8:10:01 GMT
Oh, if only I had had mittened hands, bixa. Didn't even bring mittens or a winter jacket to NS. Didn't need them. But the day I flew back to Calgary it was minus 30-something... and there I was with no warm clothes and a huge backpack and had to take 2 buses and two trains to get home.... the last bus, of course, didn't show up and I almost froze to death so I had to find refuge in the YMCA and called a cab which took another half an hour to show up. All in all it took me about 3 hours to get home from the airport - yay Calgary... so typical.
So that was New Years Eve and I fell asleep at 5pm and slept until 9am.... weee!
This is funny,as you describe the weather up in NS,yesterday morning we had this arctic blast arrive. My husband had to pick up someone from the airport here and transport him down to Port Fourchon,to one of the oil rigs. The man he picked up was from Nova Scotia,and while my husband was in a down vest,this guy from NS was wearing a t-shirt!
My Canadian friends here used to go around really under-dressed for cool weather by my standards. We'd shiver on their porch while they crowed about the glorious temperature and mocked me for being wrapped to the eyeballs. At some point their body thermometers must have shifted. Now they are sometimes quicker than I to point out that it's frigid out. (below 70F).
Post by existentialcrisis on Jan 7, 2010 9:31:49 GMT
Nova Scotians also suffer from denial when it comes to winter. Since our winters are so mild, and rain often follows snow, it is not uncommon to see people jogging in shorts and t-shirts when there is snow on the ground. Here I am in Calgary where it's FREEZING and I just took out the garbage wearing a tank top and sandals ... won't be doing that again!
lol ... just remembered when I travelled to Slovenia years ago... it was in March, I believe, and we were all very happy to be in the nice warm weather. I took a shower one morning at my hosts' house and was getting ready to go outside, when my hosts' mother started shouting at me in Slovenian, which I guess translated to: "You can't go outside with wet hair, it's cold outside, you'll freeze!" and she literally had to chase after me with a hair dryer (I hate hair dryers)... the Slovenians were shocked at our body thermometers! lol
Nor me. For me there's nothing better than spending Christmas with my family, at home. I love it. I enjoy looking out on Christmas day and seeing the snow covered trees and pretty landscapes. And being all cosy and warm inside with the tree lights sparkling. And love all around. Nothing better.
Well… We are still going to Paris. The reason I am saying still is - my hubby had another health scare and I was very close to canceling. But the doctors don't see any medical reason to not go and we have the wheel chair reserved and a wonderful apartment that even if he has to stay there more than I can wheel him around (we'll see how the weather holds up and my arms & legs LOL) … he'll have a beautiful view of the Seine.
We usually spend Christmas with family either in CA, NM or 2 years ago in Germany with my dad and siblings… but I realized that - even though that's all wonderful - we never had our OWN Christmas. Me being German and him American I want to combine it and just be the two of us without having to do it the way "The Family" (whichever one that is) does it. I know that may sounds strange and is a bit selfish but I think we deserve it to be our way for once… and our way only!
So I am praying that all goes well, weather, his health, traveling… and I can't wait to share it with ya'll !
It's getting hard to come on here - so please forgive me if I don't contribute as much as I used to!
Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays … which ever way you celebrate it ;D
Looking forward to hearing wonderful stories about your Paris Christmas, Skater.
I will have a houseful of family, including five grandchildren who are old enough to get really excited and to understand about the holidays. There will be lots of decorating (soon), and a live tree for the first time in years (not my idea). I anticipate lots of baking, cooking, mess, and clutter, but as long as everyone keeps their sense of humor it should be great fun.
No traveling for Christmas as my husband is on shift through Christmas this year (and next) but we may travel to Ottawa on the 19th to take my girlfriend out for dinner to celebrate her 50th birthday! This will all depend on the weather forecast... shipping her present this week to her mom in case we can not get there.
But now looking forward to some reports from Paris and London!
so please forgive me if I don't contribute as much as I used to!
It sounds like lovely Christmases for all the stay-at-homes, too. I may or may not be among that number. Although I have really nice things I could be doing here, I'd really like to take a jaunt to the coast of Veracruz over the holiday. We'll see.
I won't be travelling far, the roads are choked with people setting off for holiday houses, boats on the river and off to visit relatives.
I will go to my son's place in the Adelaide Hills for Christmas lunch. My other son joins us as well as my daughter-in-law's parents and her brother with his wife and 2 kids. My 2 grandkids make up the team. We all enjoy each others' company.
For lunch we have various salads, heaps of prawns, oysters done in various ways, a home baked ham and turkey served cold. My contribution is a monster trifle (which takes 3 days to make) and my own recipe fruit mince pies. Other nibbles and bottles of sparkly are brought by the other husband and wife
Before and after lunch we relax with a swim in the pool and watch the 4 kids play with their new presents.
Christmas in Adelaide is just so good!
Travel! Set out and head for pastures new[br] Life tastes the richer when you’ve road worn feet.[br]Ibn Battuta[br]
I didn't go anywhere. It is cold and miserable, and I didn't feel like going to visit family and friends in Gatineau/Ottawa, Sherbrooke (a pretty small city in the hills southeast of here, near Vermont) or Québec City. Of course, I'd like to go somewhere warmer, but not down to a beach in Cuba or the Dominican Republic, as so many people here do. I don't like Christmastime very much, but I'd just as soon stay at home, have some small suppers with friends, read, listen to music, and stroke my ancient cat.