The things that I love include my liquid velvet leggings under my sweatpants, my big wool scarf, my rabbit-fur bomber hat with the ear flaps to die for, my felted wool mittens, and my big, huge sub-zero REI boots that I got at like 75% off from one of their spring sales. I love Jet's snow pants (which he wears over his shorts because he is my husband's son), aelfsciene's gift of a hat with the huge pompoms that he wears religiously (even when half the kids are like, you look like a girl with pigtails!! He just laughs and throws snow down the back of their necks), the big coat my Mom got him because she was too cold when she looked at him, and the snaky blue-green scarf that he loves to wear along with the felted mittens he goes no where without when it's cold out.
With all his stuff on, he can play in the snow before the bus all he likes, take it all off when he gets to school and he'll be warm and dry for the day.
What I hate about the first snow at the bus stop are all the moms that don't think about what's natural for kids when the bus is late (it's ALWAYS late on snowy days, I never know why, but it always is) and dress their kids in jeans and sneakers and send them out. And all the boys, the first thing they do is dive into the snow, do snow angels or snow plows or whatever the heck it is that they think they're doing, and they get covered in snow from head to toe and it melts onto them...
And the Moms that go out with their kids and think that they're immune to the cold, so they stand there, pinched and shivering and look like they hate everyone and everything and snap at their kids to "don't touch the snow it'll get you wet!" and I'm like, man, what are you doing, sending them out in the snow and expecting them not to play in it?!?
I do call the line at the enormous STICK that was part of a tree that someone broke off one of the ornamentals out there, but hey, the bus is late, and the other kids are playing like crazy...
One of the girls came up to me, shivering as her mom had stuck her in a fricking dress with bare legs out in the blowing snow and a cute little coat that was so thin... I wrapped my foot thick scarf all around her like a shawl, put my mittens on her bare hands, and told all the boys she was Off-Limits for snowballs, yes, that means YOU TOO, and finally ended up putting my rabbit fur hat on her too until the bus finally came through the falling, slanting snow.
She gave me all my stuff back before she climbed on.
Halfway made me tempted to make a full mitten, hat, thigh-high socks, and scarf set for her to take home for Christmas. Yeesh.
It was nice walking home in the blowing snow, all by myself, so that I could think a bit, and to shovel the sidewalk, and see all the men come out to shovel their walks before going to work. John's off sending his parents to the bus to go to the airport after a very good two week visit. We're going to Seattle right after Christmas, so we'll see them again pretty soon. He also is working at the OUR Center today, and it's going to be busy with this weather. Might even have to open the night shelter so folks have a warmer place to stay for the night. That's always a little crazy.
I've shelved half of my writing projects, and am concentrating almost entirely on the Edge rp write up. That's been very, very good. And the first chapter has been well received by the other players. There's a cyborg shoving at my back brain on the way to the Journey to the West singularity... so I might have to let him out if he behaves. We'll see... and Shunsui and Jyuushiro have been waiting patiently for the last two weeks as I flailed, so need to get back around to them. But that's IT for right now, other than the rp stuff that waits well on when the other players are available. *headdesks*