The bitter cold and snow here in Albany is beginning to get old. I wake up with my fingers crossed craving only to wear shorts and a t-shirt. I opened my blinds this morning to see the sun shining and blue skies. I immediately decided to trust my instinct which told me that sun = warmth. I tossed on a long sleeved t-shirt, a puffy vest, leggings, and sneakers. I opened the door and took one step out of my dorm. Bad decisions had just been made. It was probably 20 degrees with 30 MPH winds. I ran to my class and sat down in my seat. My hair from my shower was frozen like little sticks on my head. My eyes (which are already watery when I’m not outside) were red and solid streams of tears were uncontrollably flowing out of them. At one point I thought they had actually frozen to my face. Thankfully I was wrong about that. As I sat in class, all I could do was daydream (don’t tell my teacher) about being somewhere warm. I pictured myself somewhere warm with palm trees and a beach, hoping to accelerate the thawing process. I tried to think of the warmest place that I had most recently been. My top vacation was in 2010 when my family took a vacation to Cape Cod. My grandmother loves having a big vacation for the whole family to go on together every few years. This one in particular was so memorable. We rented a big house in West Yarmouth with a secret little path, that was probably private-who cares, to the beach right in front of it! It was gorgeous. We woke up to beautiful views of the beach every day, made peanut butter and Fluff sandwiches (with more Fluff than peanut butter, obviously!) and skipped our way down the path to the beach. I can still picture myself laying down on the beach on my stomach just basking in the sun (and by basking, I mean baking. Irish skin and sun do not mix well). I remember the feeling of the hot sand under my toes and the sound of the grass behind us on the beach rubbing together in the wind. It was so calming and simply beautiful. My other favorite part of this vacation was all the ice cream. My family has a little obsession with food, especially sweets! Ice cream happens to be something Cape Cod is known for. Naturally, we made a list of the top ice cream shops and took countless journeys to every one of them throughout the week- at least one every day!
Ahh that’s better! Picturing that nice warm vacation definitely helped me stay warm. I guess that’s my only option for now until a little hint of spring rolls around! Stay warm, Saint Rose! Have a great Mid-Winter Break!