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I Triple Dog Dare You!

24 Jan

I recommend that you watch this scene from “A Christmas Story” before reading this post.

Today, four of our grade four students stuck their tongues to a set of metal bleachers.

Since November I have wondered about this. I asked one of the other Teaching Assistants about it after I saw a kid standing next to a light pole without any real reason for being there. She assured me that it wasn’t nearly cold enough yet for that to be a problem, but went on to share a story of when her sister tried it and got stuck during a Canadian winter. Luckily, these kids all made it through the experience without too much trouble, just a trip to the nurse and some sore tongues.

I’m not sure if there were any triple dog dares involved.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

23 Jan

“So, how cold is it today?”

“Right now: -18… But that’s if you’re in a corner, away from the wind. With the wind, who knows?”

That was part of a conversation that took place this afternoon after I spent 25 minutes outside supervising recess. For those of you keeping track in Fahrenheit, that would be -0.4 degrees. We have yet to reach the too-cold-for-outside-time temperature, though.

I am pretty surprised how quickly I have adjusted to the snow, though. It is EVERYWHERE and most of the time I don’t even stop to think about it now. Fortunately, I still can appreciate how beautiful it is when it is falling in big, fluffy snowflakes. I have managed to stay on my feet after my first fall, but have had a few little slides making me extra cautious.

I can also now truly appreciate warm-clothing. In addition to the standard items (down jacket, gloves/mittens, scarves, and hats), I have discovered the need for tights, leggings,  legwarmers, and boot socks. These are no longer simply fun parts of my wardrobe, they are worn daily since I cannot wear jeans to work and end up wearing a lot of skirts and dresses. Even with jeans or pants something must be worn under them and sometimes long johns won’t fit. A couple layers of tights and leggings, combined with boot socks really helps. Do I sometimes look silly walking around with socks pulled up over my knees? Yes. However, if my knees are a little warmer then it is worth the silliness.

I am trying not to over-post about the cold, but there are some days when it really is a major factor in our everyday life here and I think it’s worth mentioning. The good news is that this post was typed in our warm apartment, so at the end of the day we have a great place to relax and thaw out.

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Down on the Ice

5 Dec

We had a very fun, but very busy weekend including Ben’s thirtieth birthday celebration! I will be putting together a post over the next few days about that, but today’s post is to let you know that I have officially fallen on the ice.

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Proceed with Caution

15 Nov

We have had consistently cold weather with a few more snowfalls since my last post. Today was particularly icy, though. There was ice covering the playground and field during outdoor recess and I passed many icy puddles and patches on my walk home. A rather rough few steps between my shuttle and the metro station lead to this blog post.

Since I know enough from past experience that it is not a question of if I will slip on ice and fall this winter, but a question of when it will happen for the first time, I decided to let you have a little fun with it. Use the comments below to guess when my first slip that results in an actual fall will occur. I’ll post again when it happens and let you know who had the closest guess.

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8 Nov

We have SNOW!!!

As I was leaving work today it was raining, but the raindrops were freezing before hitting the ground. By the time I ran an errand across the city and headed home it turned into official snow. It would have been nicer without the rain-covered sidewalks and streets, but it really was gorgeous watching the snow drift down over our street. I will post many more pictures throughout the snowy season, but this was the best I could capture tonight.

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First Snow!

Deceptively Sunny

5 Nov

We were greeted today by something we haven’t seen in a few weeks – the sun. It was such a nice surprise to open the curtains and see it shining into the apartment. It hasn’t been particularly rainy lately, simply grey and overcast everyday. Out of curiosity, I checked the weather to see what effect the sun was having on the temperature. Much to my surprise, I was greeted with the following:

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The Heat Is On

6 Oct

When we viewed our current apartment two things were explained with regards to the heating system:

  1. We could not control the heat. When the temperature dropped to a certain point for a certain number of days it would be turned on all over the city.
  2. The size of the heating units in each room were significantly larger than what most Russians thought was necessary. We were very happy to hear this as we are not at all “most Russians.”

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