Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ice, Ice, Baby....

Now, for all of you who live above/withing 200 miles of the Mason Dixon Line, you may not understand this, but trust me, it's the truth.

I am a Florida girl.
It's true.
And it is most apparent in winter, because I just don't know how to cope.

Today, it was 17 degrees when I went to my car. 17!! I could almost double that number and it would STILL be at freezing.

I said ALMOST people. sheesh. I know it's 32 degrees for freezing.

I just really don't know how to deal with cold.

For example, when we were in NC a couple of weeks ago, my friend Courtney and I went for a drive, and by my feet was this contraption. The conversation in my head was as follows:

"Oh what's that?"
"Hmm, it's got a blade!!!"
"Oh, that's good. Courtney has a weapon to defend herself."
"But...a very strange weapon. WHat is it? Not a chinese star, not brass knuckles."
"maybe it's NOT a weapon. what is it?"

After about 20 minutes in the car, it dawned on me that it was an ice scraper.
They have tools to scrape away ice.
So weird.

I just take a bottle of water and pour it over my windshield.
Then again, that doesn't really work when it's below freezing, as I found out this past week. Because then the water freezes in a thick sheet on your windshield.

Are you as astonished as I was? Because seriously. I was SHOCKED. Water freezing right before my very eyes.

Today, I wouldn't let my kids go to the library, because it was still in the 20's. On the board, I wrote "No library. Too cold."

They thought that was a crock.
They didn't think it was a crock when they stepped outside for lunch without their jackets.
They ran back in and got their jackets. And hats. And gloves. And scarves. And one kid had a blanket around him.

Plus. 6 of my kids are absent today due to the cold.
They should have just cancelled school.


I think I might die whenever I move "north."


Emily said...

I'm with you, Brit! I'm a Florida native, too! A rare breed...this cold is not a novelty to us...this freaks us out! First of all, we don't have the wardrobe to handle it! I hate having to "warm up the car"...Seriously?...warm it? Chiseling ice off of the windshield...not fun and it makes your gloves wet. I did find the video on Heather's blog a stitch! That would be me in snow...just clueless!

Kaylyn said...

if it makes you feel any better...I am still a FL girl living here in NC. I do not own an Ice Scraper! I could really use one, but I also don't own really heavy coats like I should too. I am just still living like I did in FL and then yell at the windshield for not thawing out the ice fast enough.

katie said...

I don't like the cold either!

Just stumbled across your blog...its super cute!

OlyviaNoel said...

Funny story about the ice scraper and kids :) Cold weather in Florida might actually be worth enduring if we had snow as a reward - something to play outside in and something pretty to look at (but only for a day or two, of course!) :)