... and the sleep that never comes....
It seems like every day I look at the detailed weather forecast on cbc.ca, the blizzard is predicted to go on. I remember when it was originally "scheduled" to be over by Friday morning.
And to be fair, it did die down Thursday night. Only to wind itself back up in a frenzy early Friday morning.
And I also remember when the forecast said the blizzard would be winding down Saturday night... with clear skies on Sunday...
And the forecast now reads:
Monday..Blizzard ending in the evening then a few clouds. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60. Temperature steady near minus 33. Wind chill minus 54.
It is almost surreal. It's like someone on the weather desk has forgotten to change the symbols on the map.
"Today: blowing snow, Tomorrow: blizzard"
I actually went out today. I threatened to go out on Friday, but my mom flipped out (via e-mail haha) saying it wasn't smart. So I listened to mother. And stayed indoors.
Today, I went to the Northern. I had no food. It was getting desperate. I hadn't left the house in 7 days, didn't do any REAL grocery shopping since I got back from vacation... and had made a food order. Yah. It was bad.
I dressed up in my finest:
- two pair of socks
- two pair of thermal pants
- a fleece sweater
- a thermal turtleneck with the neck pulled up over my mouth
- a thin scarf covering my nose and mouth
- neoprene face mask/balaclava
- wind-proof pants
- moon boots
- canada goose jacket
- knit scarf over TOP of the jacket, to secure the hood up over my ears
- lubsta claws (as they are affectionately known... they are mitts that happen to be cooked-lobster orange)
The walk back, now that was a different story. I actually felt like I was making one step forward, and half a step back every time I moved. Guess that walking with/against the wind really makes a difference eh?
I'm sure I'll look back on this week as the longest blizzard of all time... and smile ... but for now I will sit... and wait... and hope to eventually be able to look out my window and see a bit beyond the nearest lamp-post.