This past fall, I heard some very depressing news. The forecast was a long, cold and dry winter. I shuddered to think of it, the minus twenty weather, the biting wind gusting down streets blowing dead leaves, brown grass and garbage from one driveway to the next, and the general feelings of animosity towards the season.
No longer do I have that picture in my head, I am happy to report! It has been a fantastic year for snow, in my opinion: I don't know if we've gone more than two days at a time throughout the past month without getting some amount of accumulation on the ground. It's deep enough on our front lawn that when I stepped in it, the snow went half way to my knee. I love it! It did occur to me this morning, however, that while I still love snow, I don't perhaps appreciate it as much as I used to. Don't get me wrong: I do appreciate it! But: on Sunday, I went tobogganing with Brian and some other folks in Sarnia. Barring the trip to "the big hill" with my nephew over the Christmas holidays, it was the first time I had been out tobogganing in several years. I made one snowman last year in England, but beyond that, I don't recall the last snowman I made. I haven't built a snowfort in many a winter season. Has snow been reduced to an aesthetic addition to my scenery? I still love going for walks when it's snowing, but somehow the subdivisions of Hamilton don't really beckon to me. And I did go "snowboarding" a week (or two?) ago. (I say "snowboarding" only because it was my first time being strapped to a board and I basically just learned about the heel edge and toe edge...) At any rate, I think that (after I get myself some mittens) I need to get out and experience snow more this winter.
On a completely different note, I was told from the first day in first year that my third year was going to be the most challenging year. I am disinclined to concur with that statement. I have laying before me two solid months of papers, seminars and midterms, and I'm sorry to say that I've already fallen behind. In saying that, I'm off to correct that: I have to write a movie review for one of the Lord of the Rings movies and have it handed in yesterday, so I had best get on that. Cheers!