Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Oh no! I’ve become a cold weather wimp.

Those living on the East Coast or the Mid-West of America will roll their eyes when I say it was freezing yesterday. The high was probably around 55 degrees (F) or so.

I went to college in Upstate New York where 55 degrees was practically shorts weather. Sometimes it was so cold, my eyelids would be frozen shut after walking across campus to class.

Now I’m complaining about temperatures in the high 50s. What the heck is going on?

Perhaps living in Southern California made me soft. After ten years my tolerance for cold weather has dropped.

I don’t have enough winter clothes and I’m too broke to buy some. Hopefully by the big February sales my bank account will be healthier. However, I might break down and get warmer workout gear. I went to the park the other day and froze my butt off. I saw joggers in shorts and thought they were pazzi, crazy. Yes the sun was shining but it was 8:30 in the morning and cold.

One benefit of the colder weather is there are fewer drunk American exchange students walking down my small side street yelling at 3:00 a.m. in the morning.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

If it makes you feel any better, I'm freezing too and I grew up in upstate NY and lived in Chicago!
Maybe I'm used to more mild winters in Italy now?
Maybe because it's been so warm until recently and this sudden turn of cold weather has caught us off guard?
Autumn

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Autumn - Isn't it snowing by you? I think Milan is usually colder by 10 degrees or more than Rome right?

Then again compared to upstate NY and Chicago (where it really gets cold) I guess we should consider ourselves lucky. ha

Petulia said...

Yes, Rome is like that. It stays nice and warm for a while and then, all of a sudden it turns cold. But be reassured, the cold will not last for long. Hope the sun is shining!

Faith said...

Nope after living in a warmer climate you do get used to it. Take some more iron though.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, it probally is colder in Milan...but nothing compared to upstate and chicago!
It was pretty crazy waking up to snow yesterday. Thats a pretty rare thing.
I think I'm going to take iron again...i had to take it during my pregnancy and I am supposed to still be taking it but I kind of forgot too...
Autumn

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Petulia - no it's raining and I think it's going to rain all week and weekend. Fun! ha

Faith - thanks for the tip. Maybe the need for iron is the reason I have been craving red meat all of a sudden.

autumn - I do miss snow (only because I no longer have to shovel it.) Next time the temperature drops I should remind myself how miserable and hot it was over the summer. At least in the winter you can put on the heat and warm clothes.

milanese masala said...

You think it's cold there? It snowed in Milan yesterday. It was more slush than snow but my daughter was pleased! It's not as cold as in Toronto but it's wet and foggy and the cold just gets into your bones. Give me Canadian winter any day!

J,Doe said...

I lived in NJ for 22 years before moving to southern CA for 14, and yes, living in Southern CA does make you soft and not used to cold weather. My first winter in Florence, Italy I felt the bitter cold constantly and now, 6 years later and back on the East coast of the US I still can't take the cold. Yesterday in 52 degree F weather I was bundled up in a thick coat and scarf and nobody else even had their jacket closed. Some guys were wearing shorts!
My family (who never left the area) think its funny.
HA Ha. (sarcasm)

glamah16 said...

Drink red wine.It will warm you up. I wish I could afford a whole new winter wardrobe too.

Skywalker said...

55 degrees? You are soft but then again so am I (Alabama) but its 40 here in DC.

the last poster made a comment about alcohol. I agree find a good drink and cozy up.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

That iron tip was interesting... layering works, even if you look like a stuffed cabbage. At least that will work when you're at home. ;-)

sdg1844 said...

You are such a weenie! Come on girl. You can do it. LOL

Katie Parla said...

The trick is to do as the italians and start wearing a down jacket and a wool scarf the second the mercury falls below 70 degrees. by november, your core body temperature will have risen several degrees, ensuring a toasty, comfortable winter.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

milanese - I've heard about that fog. Slush is no fun.

j. doe - I know what you mean!! The first Christmas I spend in NJ after living in L.A. I complained about being cold all week. My parents thought I was crazy.

glamah16 - I down with drinking red wine. ha. There are so many cute clothes out this season. Oh well.

Skywalker - I know, I need to get a grip. :)

jen - I don't even have enough clothes to layer. I might have to buy a sweater or two before the big sales.

sdg1844 - ha, I seriously don't know how I made it through Syracuse winters. Clearly I was made of stronger stuff back then.

katie - I know! What is the deal with that? I notice many Italians (except for the shorts wearing joggers) wearing heavy coats and scarves weeks ago when I was walking around without a jacket.

girasoli said...

It dropped below 70 here the other night. I had to bust out my flannel jammies! Winter has arrived :) Stay warm!!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

girasoli - you are too funny. ha!

Black and (a)Broad said...

Here's the good news: you'll get used to it! I'm from Indiana and have been living in The Netherlands for almost 10 years, and I never thought I'd get over the rain and humidity. I don't carry an umbrella and have been known to ride my bike in the rain - with my kids!
Hang in there.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

black and a broad - you are so right about that rain. I have relatives in Holland. Beautiful country, lots of rain.

toni said...

that's funny, i am looking forward to experiencing the Rome winter rather than the "hell frozen over" degrees here in Toronto!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

toni - I hear you. One day we were shooting outside (in toronto) and I was freezing. Other people were wearing shorts.