Don and I had a spot of free time after I was done teaching on Saturday, so we went for another ski! This time I focused less on trying to go fast, and more on trying to go properly. Lots of fun! Again, we just went on along the top of the river bank. Quick and easy. Walked there and back.
In my quest to embrace winter I have also gotten a pair of Laurentian Chief Moccasins. Man, where have these been all my life? They're the warmest and most comfortable things I have ever worn. Is this what people feel like when they wear UGGS?
All courtesy of the shoe repair guy's store at Southgate Mall. I have been hearing other shoe repair places also carry these. Changed my life. Seriously.
The day after last week's first big snow, I was back on the bike taking Dexter to school. It was the first time to say hello to biking with goggles again!
And after much complaining and griping (from what I could see on Twitter), I'm sure people were pleased to see the graders out and about. I'm not saying that it's always ideal out there, but we live in a winter city. Like... a VERY winter city. Sure it gets hairy for a while after a fresh snow. I'm just surprised at how many people seemed totally broken from the first big snowfall. Usually I can hang tough until about mid-April. The early spring snowfalls tend to crush my spirit a little, but the first major one in November? Come. On.
Obviously it helps to be prepared. Don't expect to go driving and to have an exceptionally good time in bad road conditions. Yes, your walk requires shovelling. And it may require shovelling every few hours if you want to be on top of your game. Get a proper coat and boots. I even keep an emergency toque in my bag, just in case.
Winter is a lot more fun when you're not complaining about things you can prepare for. Now the magnitude of snow... that's just something the universe unleashes. And it is what it is. At least we have sun! And no hurricanes or typhoons. No giant spiders and few poisonous insects. No earthquakes.
I like where we live.
And finally, the weekend also featured an evening at the Canadian Finals Rodeo. It was my first time. Although I loved seeing all the kids in their cowboy hats on the train with their parents - I'm not signing Dexter up for lessons on how to hang on to a bucking mare! Yikes.
We went there on the train. Naturally!
How have you guys been dealing with the big snow? Everybody still hanging in there? It's going to be a loooong winter :)