The Galloping Penguin

on February 7, 2011 in Misc

The good news is…

I got a lot of editing done this weekend and now I MIGHT, just MIGHT finish editing/rewriting a few final pieces of The Compass Master next weekend.   That will mean I am DONE, people, TRULY, REALLY DONE with TCM!

The bad news is…

The weather is going to hell in a handbasket.

It snowed again on Sunday.   It snowed Saturday.   It snowed a couple days last week.   Not enough, mind you, to give Denver more than several inches altogether.   But meanwhile we’ve had some freaking COLD DAYS with subzero temperatures.  Then for a couple days the temperatures warmed up just enough to melt a little snow so that overnight it turned to ICE, especially BLACK ICE.

You wanna know what I look like in the morning when I walk three blocks to the stop where I catch the bus to work?  Here’s a hint:   I do NOT look an action hero.   I am not fashionable.   I am not cool.   Think Lara Croft disguised a really pathetic bag lady.

Because I feel the cold easily – and it’s been NASTY, BITTER cold – I have to wear my heaviest, longest coat, my functional but tacky (got them at Target) snow boots, thick ski gloves, a wool hat with my coat’s hood over that, and if the wind is blowing then my muffler gets wrapped around my face.

I look like a refugee from Siberia.

Unless, of course, I’m late for the bus and try to make a run for it.   There I am, a bulging bundle of indeterminate shape running with tiny steps so that I don’t do a full frontal flip on the ice.

I look like a galloping penguin.

I swear that as soon as the weather warms up again – I mean REALLY warms up – I am gonna dress and look good again.    Cool, sophisticated, Layla-like again.   In clothes that will let me move normally.   Because when I look like crap, I feel like crap.

I bet a lot of you are the same way.    And a whole lot of you are in the same or much worse meteorological mess.

I feel for you.

6 Responses to “The Galloping Penguin”

  1. Robert L. Read says:

    No doubt you feel the cold so much because of your extremely ripped and shredded physique, cleverly hidden beneath layers of wool to avoid distracting those of us who are not “media beautiful.”

  2. Helena says:

    Robert — That’s EXACTLY why I have to bundle up! And yes, I’m such a distraction.

  3. Hart says:

    HA! You and I seems to have the same fashion consultant! I even wear sweats over my pants because i actually walk a little over 2 miles to work. Oh, yeah… I’m pretty.

  4. Helena says:

    Hart — TWO MILES? And I whine about walking three blocks. I’m impressed.

  5. Ben says:

    I totally know what you mean! Here in Indiana it’s frigid; my face is red and my nose is running by the time I get to my classroom. Of course it’s awkward to start class with me blowing my nose and trying to get my hands warm… oh well.

  6. Helena says:

    Ben — I know exactly what you mean. My nose runs like crazy in the cold and my hands can go numb. This has been such a tough winter — try to stay warm!