Mark 5:34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
Friday, January 6, 2017
Baby it's cold outside
Well, that might not be true here in Charleston...not yet anyway. But it appears as though we may receive 2 or 3 days of winter weather here in South Carolina. Regardless of the temperature outside, I can tell you, there will still be those people, those strange people who wear flip flops outside (my son) and shorts around the house (me). You can ask my mom; even on the coldest of winter days in Kentucky when I was growing up, I wore shorts around the house.
December evening by the fire
More often than not when it is cold outside I am guilty of not wearing the appropriate amount of clothing for the weather. For example, I won't wear a jacket or coat while driving my car. Even in sub-zero temperatures when I lived in Northern Japan, I would warm up the car, take off my parka (because yes, it was cold enough there for a parka, not just a regular old winter coat) and then drive to where I needed to go. Heaven help me if I was ever in an accident and ejected from a car because I would definitely not be protected from the elements. Around the house, I wear shorts...all...year...long....it drives my family crazy.
When I walk into work most mornings, I don't wear a jacket or coat. I'm lucky to be wearing a cardigan or something but then again, I probably took that off to drive also and am carrying it. Now, mind you, the distance I walk from my vehicle to the front door is, on a bad day, about 100 feet. Most mornings I'm about 40 feet from the front door. I can handle the 100 foot walk without a coat. Plain and simple, I just do not like wearing a coat. Never have.
Now, let's flip that around. If I am in the lab or a conference room and I have to sit for long periods of time I should just bring a blanket because I will start to freeze and then wear my coat. A few years ago on a business trip to Maryland, I was in a conference room for a week and it was FREEZING...in JULY, so I HAD to buy a jacket to wear inside! So call me strange. Call me weird. Call me a non-conformist, call me crazy. Whatever. I'm just one of those people who maybe subconsciously always wishes she were near a nice warm beach.
Or maybe I just like to keep people guessing. My husband likes to refer to me as a vampire. I work in a building with no windows and have for the last 25 years. I burn easily in the sun and am a night owl. Now, don't get me wrong, I love the sun! I love the warmth of a sunny day! I love the sun shining down on my face warming my soul! Unfortunately it just doesn't necessarily love me. I am pretty fair skinned and burn easily (ask me about my boot-camp sunburn). When I was doing my middle eastern tour I had to wear long sleeves and long pants. It was HORRIBLE. I was miserable. When I flew in to Kuwait from one of the ships, it was a cool 117 degrees on the blacktop tarmac (translation, heat index of approximately 140) and I had on long pants and long sleeves (these would help keep the sun from burning my skin). I won't even tell you how hot it was in the porta-potties on the tarmac. OUCH is all I will say about that! However you can guess, at those temperatures I quickly changed into short sleeves because well, I didn't want to fry. But then again, I did end up frying a little. Man that desert sun is strong!
So to all my friends and family "up north", I feel for ya. Try to stay warm. As for me, give me the sun. Give me the beach and a gallon of sunscreen and I'll be happy for a while. Add a boat, some scuba gear and I'll be happy as a clam!
Stay warm peeps! Much love from South Carolina, Jess