Yes, I Am.

Well, this northern living isn’t as hard as I’d imagined.  I’m finding out that I’m getting out skiing much more often than many locals, those hardy people who’ve lived here for years, many of whom it turn out have set temperatures below which they stay home.  No skiing below minus 30 for instance, and no running below a wind chill of minus 40.  I’ve been trying to boot myself out the door most days, regardless of the temperature.  In mean, in the old days they didn’t even know what the wind chill was, and folks still went outside right?  (It also helped of course that our thermometer was wildly wrong there for a while, adding 10 degrees of fictitious warmth to the day.)  So out I’ve been going, and its been fine.  The coldest weather I’ve skied in so far was minus 42, and although its painfully slow to ski at that temperature, with no glide whatsoever, I wasn’t at all cold.  In fact, I came home drenched in sweat.  I can’t quite figure this out, as I’m dressing warmly, but not heavily.  I don’t wear a heavy coat or parka for instance, just a few wool sweater layers and a wind layer jacket.  It seems like it would be inadequate for this weather, but its not.  In fact, I’m usually a cold person, famous, with my husband at least, for my feet like icicles in bed at night.  Its hard to understand, really.  But I’ve come up with a few theories that I think may explain it:

1.  I’m just tougher than I thought – this one isn’t all that likely, sadly, as I know for sure I would cry my head off if I ever made the grave error, again, of with watching the movie Bambi.

2.  Chocolate has thermal qualities.  It’s possible I guess, and in any case I’ll keep eating it just to be sure.

3.  I have superpowers that I didn’t know about!!  I think this is the most likely explanation.  I always knew I was very special, and destined for greatness, I just wasn’t at all clear that it would involve the ability to be outside in the cold.  I can’t actually see how this may save the world someday, but I am sure all will be revealed to me soon.  Likely by code, or perhaps in a ring with a secret compartment!    Superheros these days need to specialize you know, all the main superpowers are already used up, by Wonderwoman and Superman, Spiderman and the like.  (I wouldn’t go so far as to call them superpower hogs, but, they don’t really share well, do they?  As we used to say about a certain nurse we worked with in Nelson, she didn’t go to kindergarten!)

4.  I keep moving when I’m outside.  So prosaic, it can’t be that one.

Too bad my superhero powers don’t extend to knowing how to use the polling function on this site, otherwise I could get you to vote.  I’ll keep my eye out for the wordpress superhero, but until then, why don’t you comment and tell me which one you think I have?

Oh, I figured it out!  Sometimes I am just awesome!

About Tandi

I love my morning coffee, reading, the wilderness, paddling, poetry, my Spanish husband, and being a doctor. I also love writing my blog, and reading yours.
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13 Responses to Yes, I Am.

  1. You are the greatest Tandi I know.
    Love, K

  2. the Ingrams says:

    You certainly have a super attitude, Tandi which is a big step in the right direction.Keep moving AND writing about it . Bill and I are becoming vicarious Northerners thanks to you and Martine. Hope your meditating mother is OK -10days without scrabble is SERIOUS stuff . Keep warm-we’re off to ST Martins to do just that ! Love Marilyn and Bill

  3. FisherJenn says:

    You are sweating because doing anything in extreme cold is hard work, no matter how you dress. As you now know, skiing at -42 is like pushing through sandpaper while being pulled backwards by a toddler at the same time.
    Looking forward to our -50 windchill tomorrow. Can’t remember the last time we saw that. Oh wait, it was Saturday…

  4. Gabs says:

    I think a combo….superhero and chocolate. I need some justification! Miss you guys and loving your adventures. Gabs xo

  5. Mona says:

    I also vote for the combo….know you are a superhero and chocolate is always # 1 in my book.
    Love Ya, hugs to you and Martin
    A. Mona

  6. Robin says:

    A woman is like a tea bag. You cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. -Nancy Reagan. LOL Maybe this also applies to Hot CHOCOLATE ????

  7. Arlene Maden says:

    Knud says: Superwoman of Yellowknife – able to leap frozen snow drifts – faster than propane at minus 40 and stronger than a car battery – at least you can turn over.

  8. jesus says:

    You know the name of the superpower you have? It is the illusion. The illusion of wanting to be where you are, the illusion go skiing despite the weather, …. It is the illusion that children have when they are in the water, with purple lips of cold and they do not want to leave the water. When that illusion is with you, you can with everything. Even with the minus 42.The illusion is lost over the years. your the preserved intact. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  9. shoreacres says:

    Well, my big challenge was getting caught up and back on my reading schedule by the end of January. Look at me! It’s only the 27th!

    I laughed at your comment about people who set their own limits for when they’ll go out. When I first started my varnishing business, I worked through the winter. In fact, I did that for about 15 years. Now, granted – winter in Texas isn’t what you’ve got, but there were plenty of days I was out sanding away on a boat when it was 35F. My layers had layers, and I used Patagonia rock climbing gloves to keep my hands warm but let me use my fingers.

    Now? Pfffffttt…. After 22 years of this, if it drops below 40, I’m inside, huddled around the warmth of my computer. I call it semi-retirement. 😉

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