Cold, Random Thoughts on this Cold, Cold Friday

1. I normally don’t complain about my personal comfort at work, but earlier this week I had the maintenance manager walk into my office, which was about 10 degrees colder than the hallway. When the wind blows from the south, it passes right through the 50 year old window by my desk and as a result, my office is very cold. My work colleagues literally stand in the hallway to talk to me because they can feel the temperature differential the moment they take a step in.

My actions spawned a flurry of activity – plastic sheeting was placed over the window (only slightly effective, but better than nothing), the HVAC folks were brought in (the air supply damper to my office was essentially closed), measurements taken for a new window, and thermostat control changes were made. Lesson learned - sometimes you just have to ask.

Even so, today, the wind is yet again blowing from the south. My office was 56 degF, even with a portable heater running below the desk, so I relocated to a temporary office across the hall. I can’t even imagine what it will be like next week.

2. The local schools decided to cancel school yesterday due to the cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills. Thing is, it’s just as cold today and yup, they are back in school. I wonder what will happen next week as it is forecasted to be even colder? I bet they won’t cancel school again.

3. My friend, Jill, is hosting a recipe exchange on Sunday. I think I will bring a cheesy bacon-leek pasta dish and (for something completely different) cold marinated tofu.

4. My daughter has declared she wants to pursue Equine Studies in college. While I don’t know what one does with such a degree, I’m glad she has chosen something she has a great passion for and we can get focused on the college search.

5. Last Sunday’s morning run was cold but picturesque – I was able to enjoy a beautiful sunrise, fresh snow covered trails along a babbling stream and two great blue herons. This reminds me of a quote from that Walter Mitty Movie. The photographer, waiting to photograph a snow leopard states “Beautiful things don't ask for attention”. I’ll add my two cents and include “Sometime you have to seek them out.”

Headed out for a Sunday Morning Run #sunrise #clouds #pinkskies
Heading out for a Cold Run

Anita Johnson  – (January 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM)  

It is very cold here too. In our home my space is at least 10-15 degrees colder than my husbands office. I find it miserable to be cold. I'm glad they are addressing your office conditions. This has been a long cold winter, I cannot wait for spring!

Amy at love made my home  – (January 24, 2014 at 5:21 PM)  

I hope that your window is fixed soon and that things warm up a little!! Good on your daughter for deciding what she wants to do at college, I am sure that it will all be good in the end! xx

Barb  – (January 24, 2014 at 6:22 PM)  

I admire you for getting up from your warm bed and heading out into that chilly (fabulous) dawn! I'm not telling my granddaughter there is such a thing as Equine Studies! (She's 10 and smitten by anything horse.) Keep warm - think layers.

Nicki  – (January 24, 2014 at 6:39 PM)  

Your office conditions sounds horrible - I hope they get that taken care of (and yes, sometimes it is necessary to speak up - totally not complaining in the nagging manner). My niece is going to major in Equine Studies (I believe) - she has decided on Univ. of KY. (I also think some of that is because a couple of her riding buddies are going there as well).
Keep warm (and don't try to figure out BOE - there is no logic to their actions).

Denise at Autumn Sky  – (January 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM)  

Thank goodness they are fixing your office. You must be miserable with those cold temps and wind. Equine Studies? I don't know what you do with that. Cal Poly in SLO has a good animal science program and there's always vet school....not sure what else. You have to love a young person who sets out after their passion.

tinajo  – (January 26, 2014 at 7:00 AM)  

My office is cold also, I work in an old building with awful draft from the windows. I have a portable heater as well, but still I feel cold every day. The irony is that in the summer the office is crazy hot instead, so it´s always something, haha! :-D

Nancy Claeys  – (January 26, 2014 at 9:46 AM)  

Running in this stuff is brutal at times... but makes us better people (I think.)

Good luck to your daughter -- that sounds perfect for her. :)

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