Tag: winter

It’s Groundhog Day!

And I’m watching Groundhog Day. Synergy. (And other meaningless business buzzwords.)

Also, this is the first time I’ve ever chosen to watch CMT. Clearly I need to buy Groundhog Day on DVD.

I feel like Groundhog Day (the holiday) isn’t much of a big deal here in Florida. Of course, we don’t so much have winter here, either. Who cares if spring comes early or not?

I don’t think I paid much attention to Punxsutawney Phil and the goings-on at Gobbler’s Knob when I was a kid. But ever since I went to college in western PA, I pay attention. Of course, when I was in college, Groundhog Day was just another excuse to drink excessively. I never made the pilgrimage to Punxsy (I hate the cold), but I knew people who went.

Punxsy will always be linked to IUP for me. For one thing, IUP has a campus in Punxsy. And my all-time favorite teacher, Mrs. McManus, a fellow IUP grad, did her student teaching in Punxsy. She used to tell us stories about the festivities.

And as it happens, Phil saw his shadow today, which means six more weeks of winter. Considering that winter has been pretty mild this year, I don’t know that anyone is too bummed about it.

Until tomorrow.


Sweater Weather

There are many things I miss about living in the Delaware Valley (or, as I like to call it, the land of Wawa and TastyKakes).  One of the more surprising (to me) is that I miss “sweater weather.”  This is not to say that I miss or like the cold (’cause that’s just a thing that is never going to happen ever), but I miss wearing sweaters and boots.  Living in “south” Florida, I have very few good opportunities to wear said articles of clothing without other people looking at me like I’m crazy.  Especially boots.  I feel like I get weird looks whenever I wear my boots.  But whatever, I love my boots and I’m going to wear them.

As it happens, we are currently in a 3-day stretch of sweater weather here in Tampa.  This is terribly exciting for me.  Except for those times when I go into my house and remember that it isn’t really built to be warm.  But, hey, that’s cool too.  It just means I get to drink lots of hot beverages and snuggle up under my awesome plush Eeyore throw.  And that is always a good thing to do.

Until tomorrow.