Tuesday, January 22, 2008

It's Brrrrr-y Cold. Hug Me!

This morning the local CBC Radio hosts informed the listening audience that it was -15C outside and with the windchill, it was -30C. They announced some activity cancellations (no skating today for the kids in Lower Sackville. Bummer.) and then they cut to a reporter who is a friend of Mr.Happy's.

Jackie was standing outside, as she said, (and I paraphrase) "withstanding wind and snow and sleet and hail to bring you a very important story". She was charged with reporting on today being "National Hug Day".

Through chattering teeth but with her usual indomitable spirit, Jackie told us that she had already hugged 3 people - none of whom she was sure she even liked - and that she had two more people lined up for hugs. She then proceeded to hug the two strangers and ask them about their hugs. They seemed quite happy with their CBC endorsed hugs. Jackie seemed not at all freaked out by the oddness of her assignment.

I don't know about you, but I will not be snuggling up to my fellow bus commuters tonight on my way home. I'll just hug a few people here at the office and be done with it. Of course, if it gets any colder, I may have to hug a few people for warmth. Even if I don't like them.

How cold is it? Well, here's what my little remote thermometre looked like this morning:


Indoor temperature: 18.5C
Outdoor temperature: -15.3C
Difference between cozy house and the great outdoors: 33.8C
With windchill (-29C) then we're talking a 47.5C temperature difference.

Is it any wonder it was hard to leave the house this morning?


  1. Yes it's a cold one today. I'm glad I didn't have to go out in it! -22 with a wind chill it was more like -34 brrrrr

  2. 2 pairs of socks (1 hand knit 100% wool)
    2 pairs of pants (comfy/jogging)
    2 long sleeved shirts + 1 fleece zippy-uppy thing
    winter coat, hood up
    hand knit hat, 100% chunky wool
    thermal lined mittens

    This is what it took for me to walk to the dog. And I didn't de-layer when I got home. It's the first time I've been adequately warm in a long time. I could use another pair of socks though.

  3. Today would have been a perfect day to sit at home and knit. Stupid work!

  4. Ye gads, no one told me it was going to be like this. What happened to "maritime mild weather"? Yeesh.