Friday, December 25, 2009
What an unusual Christmas it's been this year. We have always celebrated Christmas at my parents, my mom's side of the family gets together Christmas eve, then we spend the night with my parents and open presents Christmas morning. My wife had to work Christmas day and I have to go in the day after Christmas so we had Christmas early this week at my parents, and it just felt empty this year. We were missing seeing my family for Christmas eve and spending time kicked back with my parents. Instead we were in a rush, a couple of days before Christmas, to get up to their house (they live 100 miles north of us), take them out to eat, exchange presents then rush back home because Donna had to go to work the next day. I have missed visiting with friends and family this year.
Then Christmas eve, a storm blew in around 6:30, the rain changed to sleet and after eating with my daughter and her boyfriend, we looked outside. Much to our shock, we had 2 inches of snow on the ground and roads. I am 51 years old and this is my third white Christmas, it just doesn't happen around here. I had been aching from the cool rain we had received all day but the aches changed to pain as the night went on even though I was safely inside where it was warm. The temperature dropped to 18 with the wind chill down below 0. We had 15-20 mph winds with gusts up to 50-60 mph. OK, I'm officially through with winter now. What happened to our supposed global warming? Haven't heard much about that this past year.
I got a FieldSheer dual sport jacket for Christmas. I can't wait to get out and test it once we get some decent weather again. It is wind and water proof, has 11 zippered pockets for everything from maps to cell phones, a removable liner, and built in pads (chest, shoulder, collar bone, back and elbow). I weighed and then put the jacket on and reweighed ... the jacket weighs 11 pounds! I tried it out this afternoon while shoveling the snow and ice off of the sidewalks ... with a pair of shorts and tennis shoes on. It's ok, the neighbors know I'm crazy any way.
I hope everyone had a good Christmas and was able to enjoy it with friends and family this year.