A few weeks ago Rachel and I were having breakfast and she asked me, "Mom, is it just going to keep getting coldier and coldier?"
I told her that spring would eventually come.
But recently it does feel like things are just getting "coldier and coldier."
Today when I walked her to school it was 7°F. That's -13°C!
I shouldn't really be complaining about that since my former home (or, if you want to get technical, my former, former, former, former, former home (have I really lived six different places since leaving there?))* of Calgary, is sitting at a chilly -7°F (that's -22°C).
Sometimes all you need is a little perspective. I'd take a positive seven over a negative seven any day, though right now it's 22°F/-5°C in Voronezh and 27°F/-3°C in Moscow (and it's 8:00 at night) so maybe I'd rather be in Russia right now. Cairo sounds like the best option: a yummy 63°F/17°C (at 7:00 PM). Or we could try someplace new. Abraham Bay in the Bahamas? 82°F/27°C. Uppington, South Africa? 93°F/33°C.
Right now I feel like I'd rather be anywhere than here (with the exception, perhaps, of Jukutsk, Russia where it's -47°F/-43°C) but I think that's just my winter depression talking.
For now I guess I'll hole myself up in the office with my heater and get to work. I'm already behind from yesterday and I'm not even sure how much I'll be able to work today. I can hardly keep my eyes open. Miriam slept "all night" on my stomach (all night meaning from 5 AM until 7 AM). Other than that we basically just didn't sleep, at least, between tending to Miriam and tending to Rachel I didn't sleep.
Perhaps where I really want to go is Dreamland.
*Calgary to High River (1) High River to Orem (2) Orem to Russia (3) Russia to Orem (4) Orem to Provo (5) Provo to Orem (6) Orem to Orem (7) Orem to Jordan (8) Jordan to Orem (9) Orem to Egypt (10) Egypt to Orem (11)
So that's eleven moves but only six different cities.