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!